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Claims that interest on student loans "scandalous"

Interest charges can mean the debt is higher than expected

Student loans have been in the news headlines after the Labour Party released more details of its plans to scrap university tuition fees starting from September 2017, should the party win the General Election in June.

Meanwhile an ITV Meridian investigation reveals that the sum of debt owed by students could be a lot higher than they initially think - because of interest charges which start from the day the loan begins.

This is the first of two special reports from our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford.

The report contain interviews with: Estelle Clarke, campaigner and expert; Tom Woolf, Founder of EdAid; Jessie Hamil-Stewart, a first year student; and David Tyler, a Financial Advisor. There is also footage from a Student Loan information film.


CCTV released after 15 year old girl approached

Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police have released this CCTV image after a 15 year old girl was approached by a man offering modelling work in Swindon.

She was approached on 1st May around 6.20pm in the Farnsby Street/Canal Walk area.

The girl refused to go with him as she was suspicious about his motives.

He is described as Indian with an Indian accent, wearing a black leather jacket, cream or pale green trousers.

He had short black hair and is aged between 30 and 40.

The young lady in was very sensible and reported the incident to us, we are conducting enquiries and need to speak to the man regarding his actions. If you recognise this man, have any information about him or this incident please call us."

– PC Paul Bezzant, Wiltshire Police
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