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Training the traders of the future

Students using the trading floor Credit: ITV News Anglia

A university in Essex has spent £160,000 on creating a trading floor for its business students.

The room at the Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford has all the equipment financial organisations work with and students are able to trade and invest but with virtual money.

The aim, to give students an experience as close as possible to a real financial organisation.

There are currently 2,500 students at the university on business accounting and finance based courses.

Students say its more productive than learning in a library Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are currently 2,500 students at the university on business accounting and finance based courses.

The financial sector contributes more than 10 per cent to the UK economy.

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New Yarl's Wood contract for Serco

Yarl's Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Serco's contract to run a controversial immigration detention centre for women in Bedfordshire has been renewed by the Government.

Yarl's Wood faced heavy criticism by human rights campaigners amid reports of sexual misconduct by staff, women being detained for long periods of time and pregnant detainees being held without justification.

Despite the troubles faced by the centre, the Home Office has awarded Serco a £70 million contract to operate the immigration jail for a further 8 years.

Serco was first appointed to manage the centre, which holds 410 detainees, in 2007.

"Serco Ltd will continue to manage Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre on behalf of the Home Office after emerging as the preferred contractor following a comprehensive re-tendering process. Serco's bid demonstrated that its offer was the best in meeting quality and cost criteria and providing value for money for the taxpayer."

– Home Office spokesperson

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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