Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
On Monday, Insulate Britain protesters strategically caused havoc on the M25, by blocking five junctions along the motorway. Locally, junction 3 was affected at the roundabout for the Swanley Interchange between the A20, M20, M25 and B2173 for Swanley. Other junctions affected were at junction 20 for Kings Langley, 14 for Heathrow terminal four, six for Godstone and 31 for Lakeside. Since the protests, 77 arrests have been made in total, and of course many motorists were angry with some even seen dragging the protesters away. Zoe Cohen from Insulate Britain said: “We regret having to do this, but we really have no other option. They’re doing this because they’re desperate for meaningful action from the government, and insulating our homes is the most efficient way to reduce our emissions and avoid climate catastrophe”.
TikTok influencer Davhlanger was trying to get a close-up shot of an alligator using her DJI Spark drone, when the hungry gator didn’t like his bubble being invaded and decided to snap and chomp on it, biting right through the battery. When the lithium-ion battery was pierced, the alligator disappeared in the heavy smoke, while he was trying to swallow it too. The influencer did post an update that “George is doing fine and still looked hungry after”. There are calls that flying drones within a nature park should be made illegal following the incident.
The NHS are attempting a trial which will hopefully test and detect at least 50 types of cancer. The test can detect cancer before the symptoms show, which has the potential to save thousands of lives within the United Kingdom. 140,000 volunteers within eight areas of England are to be recruited to try the Galleri test. The test can find where the disease is coming from in the body which accuracy and is already available in the United States. Amanda Pritchard, the NHS chief executive said: “This quick and simple blood test could mark the beginning of a revolution in cancer detection and treatment here and around the world. By finding cancer before signs and symptoms even appear, we have the best chance of treating it and we can give people the best possible chance of survival”. The trial is open to those aged between 50 and 77 who have not had a cancer diagnosis within the last three years. Blood samples will be taken at mobile testing clinics over the next few weeks, then another in a year’s time, and once again in two years.