Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 31st March 2024

Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.

Serious News

More than 100 tractors drove past the Houses of Parliament as farmers were protesting against a lack of support for UK food protection.

There was a convoy with horns being sounded as they made their way through central London and into Westminster on Monday evening.

Organised by Save British Farming and Fairness for Famers of Kent, they say that cheap food imports and unsupportive policies are putting UK food security at risk.

However, the government has replied saying it puts farming “at the heart of British trade”, and has further backed this with more measures such as maintaining the £2.4billion farming budget and looking at ways to improve fairness within the supply chain.

Crazy News

A woman who was thought she was nursing a baby hedgehog overnight realised it was nothing more than a hat bobble.

The suspected hoglet was taken to Lower Moss Nature Reserve and Wildlife Hospital in Cheshire in a cardboard box and some food.  Once the ball of fluff was taken through to triage, manager Janet Kotze realised it wasn’t a hedgehog and instead just a bobble from a hat.

Speaking of the event, Kotze says: “I found it funny afterwards, but I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing because to me a hedgehog is obviously a hedgehog. I would have immediately known from the weight - a bobble weighs nothing but bless her heart was in the right place. I don't think she'll make the same mistake again; I think she'll check next time”.

The anonymous Good Samaritan left very quickly after being embarrassed by her mistake.

Happy News

An airport is set to start flying lessons for people with disabilities.

The programme is based at Lydd Airport in Kent, in collaboration with the existing flight training centre and disability flying charity Aerobility.

The programme is open to people with both physical and learning disabilities.

Chairman of Lydd Aero Club, Bill Vidal, says: “We are delighted to be working with the charity to provide those opportunities through Lydd Aero Club. Disabled people that fly with us will get the same experience and support in specially adapted aircraft that they would get flying with the charity at Blackbushe or Tatenhill”.


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