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Arc Shopping Centre re-opened after suspected gas leak

The Arc Shopping Centre in Bury St Edmunds Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk Police say the Arc Shopping Centre in Bury St Edmunds has now re-opened.

The centre was evacuated this afternoon after a suspected gas leak.

Police say National Grid engineers have not been able to find any trace of gas and so it is now safe for people to go back into the centre.

Gas leak closes Arc Shopping Centre in Bury St Edmunds

Police shut off 'Arc Shopping Centre' in Bury St Edmunds Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk police are asking people to stay away from Bury St Edmunds town centre after a gas leak at the Arc Shopping Centre.

A police cordon is currently in place around the entire Arc Shopping Centre and a number of surrounding streets, while engineers work to resolve the problem.

Shoppers were safely evacuated from within the cordon and police are warning people not to try to enter the area until the cordon is lifted.

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Profits at Luton-based airline easyJet rise by 21%

Pre-tax profits at Luton-based easyJet are up by more than 20%. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Luton-based airline easyJet has announced a steep rise in profits.

In the year to the end of September 2014, the airline made pre-tax profits of £581 million, up by 21.5% on the previous year. Revenue was up 6% to £4.5 billion.

“easyJet has continued to execute its strategy, delivering another strong performance and enabling easyJet to deliver record profits for the fourth year in a row. easyJet has opened up clear blue sky between us and our competitors"

– Carolyn McCall, easyJet Chief Executive

easyJet has a fleet of 200 aircraft and employs 8,000 people. In the Anglia region, it operates from Luton, Stansted and Southend airports.

Landlady urges MPs to save our pubs

The House of Commons is due to debate an amendment to the Small Business Bill Credit: ITV

A Norfolk landlady is urging MPs to back changes which she believes could help stop the growing number of pubs closing.

Dawn Hopkins, landlady at The Rose Inn, said: "Pubs are getting turned into supermarkets, being developed for housing. Licencees are struggling and, if you have a pub company involved, it's even harder to make a living with the rents they charge and charging you double the amount for your beer that you would pay if you went directly to the breweries."

The House of Commons is due to debate an amendment to the Small Business Bill. It could help to secure fair rents and cheaper beer prices for licencees tied to big pub companies.

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c2c named the UK's most punctual rail firm

c2c named best for rail punctuality Credit: ITV News Anglia

National Express train operator c2c, which serves parts of Essex, has been named the UK’s most punctual rail company, according to the latest figures released by Network Rail.

In the four weeks to Saturday 8th November – the last day of c2c’s old franchise – 96.9% of c2c trains arrived on time. This was more than any other UK train operator, and compares to the UK average of 84.5%. Over the past year, c2c’s overall punctuality stands at 96.3% – the best performance in the country.

Last week c2c started its new 15-year franchise under National Express.

“We finished the old c2c franchise exactly where we wanted to be: as the UK’s number one rail company for punctuality. We’re now aiming to retain that reputation for punctuality, while adding other improvements like extra capacity, new ways to pay for travel, and more compensation when passengers are delayed.”

– c2c Managing Director Julian Drury

From 2016, c2c will apparently become the UK’s first rail company to offer automatic compensation to registered passengers who are delayed for as little as two minutes.

Stansted sees 16.9% passenger hike

Stansted Airport has enjoyed its highest monthly passenger increase for nearly 10 years. Stansted airport in Essex handled more than 1.88 million passengers in October 2014 - a 16.9% rise on the October 2013 figure.

Stansted Airport Credit: PA Images

It took the number of passengers handled at the Essex airport for the 12 months ending October 2014 to more than 19.4 million - a 9.8% rise on the total for the 12 months ending October 2013.

Stansted said the growth in passengers continued to be driven by increased frequencies on key routes across Europe plus an increase in the average number of seats sold on each aircraft - up from 81.6% in 2013 to 85.2% in October 2014.

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