Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 13th August 2023

Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 13th August 2023

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

Serious News

A famous pub in Dudley went up in flames last weekend.

The Crooked House which has been deemed “Britain’s wonkiest pub” was built in 1765 and had been a pub since 1830 until it closed on Thursday 27th July. The land was purchased by a property firm the same day, and just nine days later (Saturday 5th August) it was gutted by a fire. Two days later on Monday 7th August it had been demolished.

It was set to become a listed building with inspections being planned – as the building slants with it four-foot taller on one side.

South Staffordshire Council have declared that they are investigating potential breaches of the Town and Planning Act and may act accordingly. One option could be to rebuild the building as it was brick by brick, just like what happened to the Carlton Tavern in West London.

Crazy News

You’ve heard of Snakes On A Plane, but how about Bear On A Plane?

Well, that’s what happened in Iraq as a bear got loose in the cargo onboard an Iraqi Airways plane.

The airline says that they were not to blame for the incident, as it was waiting to take off from Dubai International Airport on Friday 4th August.

The flight was delayed as specialists were deployed to put the bear to sleep in order to remove it, and since, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shayya’ Sabbar al Sudani has instigated an investigation.

Happy News

An eight-year-old boy who had both his legs amputated has walked to the summit of a Lake District fell.

Tony Hudgell was abused as a baby and has raised £19,000 for charity by completing the feat, after he set a target of £500.

He was joined by mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington and former Gurkha Hari Budha Magar who is also a double amputee.

Tony has also raised more than £1.7million for charity within the pandemic.
His adoptive mother, Paula says: “Anybody who knows Tony knows that he is a complete whirlwind, he’s a force to be reckoned with”.