Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
A study says that long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to higher blood pressure in teenagers who live in London.
The findings show a stronger association in girls that are caused by the polluted air particles.
Scientists based at Kings College London analysed the data from more than 3,000 teenagers, while also finding exposure to high levels of nitrogen dioxide which is found in diesel.
Following these results, Sadiq Khan’s proposal of the extension of the ULEZ zone will be welcomed, however residents are still disagreeing with the idea – but that is another story in itself.
In a real life Hot Fuzz scenario, police tracked down a stolen swan and gave it a ride home in the back of one of their cars.
Happening in Plymouth, the swan met a drunk male who tried to take it from the harbour, but the swan escaped and got involved in a collision. The police dropped the swan to a vet who is currently nursing it back to health.
Not your usual prisoner! Report of a Swan being removed from the Harbour by a drunk male before it being involved in a collision on Mutley Plain. Taken to the vets where they are nursing it back to health 🦢🚔 #HotFuzzInReality #ItsJustTheOneSwanThen #SeeItToBelieveIt pic.twitter.com/2SPqi44CqY— Plymouth Police – D Section Response (@DsectionPlym) February 1, 2023
Following on from the Notre Dame’s dreadful fire back in 2019, it is currently on track for a December 2024 opening.
The spire is next to be restored, as the contractors are preparing the work needed – scaffolding has been erected and custom-cut stones have been delivered by barge along the River Seine (just as it was in the 19th century).
The original spire was designed by architect Eugene Viollet-Le-Duc, and the replacement has been made replicated exactly out of 500 tons of oak, as well as an additional 250 tons of lead for the covering and ornaments.
The completed spire will be 100 metres tall.