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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.

Man jailed for a murder he didn't commit gives evidence in new trial

A man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend, then later cleared, told today how he searched for her on the night she went missing.

Barri White was giving evidence in the trial of a man accused of killing Rachel Manning.

The 18-year-old shop assistant was strangled after making a late night call from a public phone box in Milton Keynes. Her body was then driven to a golf course and dumped in the undergrowth.

Shahidul Ahmed, 41, denies committing the murder in December 2000 for which Mr White was convicted in 2002.

The conviction was quashed on appeal and Mr White was acquitted at a retrial in 2008.

Today he looked across the court from the witness box at the accused in the glass-fronted dock as he told how he spent the evening with Miss Manning at Chicago's nightclub in Milton Keynes.



Local reaction to new Center Parc

Artist impression of new Center Parc in Bedfordshire Credit: Picture: Center Parcs

ITV Anglia has been speaking to a number of businesses in Bedfordshire for their views on the new Center Parc:

Vickie Humber of Humbers Home Made Preserves:

“I may be optimistic but I hope I'd have the opportunity to sell my products in Center Parcs or even start a local farmer’s market. Aside from any business opportunities, I think it’s great because I’ve got children and they'll soon need part time jobs"

Luan Hall who runs Fairies and Frogs Toy Shop in Ampthll hopes it'll be positive for her business.

“Having visited Center Parcs I know people do explore the area surrounding the resort. But we need to make sure Ampthill welcomes Center Parc visitors by providing adequate parking and bicycle racks”

There will be no direct impact for Paul Belger of Pro-Direct Beauty but he says it will be great for the towns of Flitwick and Ampthill.

“Any extra business will be a bonus, but it is really going to open a lot of job opportunities for local people and it will put our area on the map.”

Silva Schuldt, Flitwick operates the Flitwick Ostepathic Clinic. She’s not anticipating much new business but agrees the town will benefit.

“I don’t forget we get all the negatives and we’ve already seen infrastructure improvements and in general it is a good thing for the local economy."

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