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New Center Parcs complex opens in the Anglia region

Britain's newest Center Parcs holiday complex has opened in Bedfordshire.

It has been ten years in the planning, cost £250 million to build and employs more than 1,500 people in the region.

The company is hoping its location, at Woburn just an hour from London, will encourage new customers to try its forest-based holidays. The company says 40% of the accommodation is already booked for the next 12 months.

Centre Parcs already has another site in the Anglia region at Elveden in Suffolk.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Luke Farrington

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Teenager golf star joins Ian Poulter as Woburn pro

ITV News Anglia has followed Northamptonshire golfer Charley Hull's career since she first stepped onto the green aged just nine years old.

Since then, she's risen to stardom winning her first Ladies European Tour title on Sunday.

Today, on her 18th birthday, she signed as a Touring Professional with Woburn Golf Club. Charley's in good company there with Ian Poulter, who's been a pro at Woburn for nine years.

Click below for Olivia Paterson's report.

Golfer Charley Hull signs pro deal on 18th birthday

It has been quite a week for the Northamptonshire golfer Charley Hull.

On Sunday she won her first ever tournament on the Ladies European Tour and now she has signed a contract as a Touring Professional at Woburn Golf Club near Milton Keynes.

And if that wasn't enough, today's her 18th birthday.

Charley said: "I've always dreamed of it for a long time, you know five second place finishes in my first five events last year, it was like I don't want to be the girl who finishes second.

"So then I got the win out of the way and now hopefully there are many more to come".

Click below to hear a clip from Charley.

Thousands apply for Centre Parcs jobs

The parc taking shape. Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 11,000 people have applied for jobs at a new holiday village in Bedfordshire.

Centre Parcs is due to open its Woburn Forest site in the spring.

Bosses say most of the applicants live in the local area but they have had interest from as far afield as the Isle of Man and Inverness.

The new chalets being kitted out at Woburn. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Half the 1,500 roles have now been filled, with two out of five new recruits aged between 16 and 24.

Judi Leavor, human resources director at Center Parcs, said: "It's fantastic to have received so many job applications for the new site already... This recruitment drive should have a tremendous impact on the local community in terms of economic growth, both in the short and long term."

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Man accused of murdering 18-year-old

Rachel Manning's body was found on Woburn Golf Course in December 2000 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The trial of a 41-year-old man accused of murdering a young woman and dumping her body at Woburn Golf Club in December 2000 has started today.

The body of 18 year old Rachel Manning was found two days after she disappeared after a night out in Milton Keynes. She'd been beaten and strangled.

Shahidul Ahmed from Bletchley denies murder at Luton Crown Court.

Murder trial jury dismissed

Rachel Manning, whose body was found at Woburn Golf Club in December 2000. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The jury in the trial of Shahidul Ahmed, accused of the murder of teenager Rachel Manning in 2000, has been dismissed after failing to reach a verdict.

The jury at Luton Crown Court spent a total of 24 hours and 20 minutes trying to reach a decision before being dimissed by the judge.

Rachel Manning, 19, was found strangled in undergrowth at Woburn Golf Club in December 2000.

Her boyfriend Barri White was convicted of murder but acquitted in 2008, after serving six years in jail.

Shahidul Ahmed, 41, of Chestnut Crescent, Bletchley, denied murder. The prosecution has asked for a retrial

Jury out in murder trial

Rachel Manning Credit: PA

A jury is considering its verdict in the trial of a man accused of murdering a teenager in Milton Keynes 13 years ago.

Rachel Manning, 19, was found strangled in undergrowth at Woburn Golf Club in December 2000.

Her boyfriend Barri White was convicted of murder but acquitted in 2008, after serving six years in jail.

Shahidul Ahmed, 41, of Chestnut Crescent, Bletchley, denies murder.

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