Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
On Monday, protestors gained access to 5 Belgrave Square which is owned by Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska who has been sanctioned since having close ties with Putin. The protestors had signs reading “This property has been liberated” and flew Ukrainian flags from the window while claiming the property for Ukrainian refugees. Riot police had entered and searched the property but couldn’t find anyone inside, while some were on the balcony and had refused to come down by police negotiators. The group are named the London Makhnovists and admitted to doing the government’s work for them saying “Priti Patel, don’t worry, we did your job – we did the housing, just send them here, we did the housing. Refugees welcome! We’re demanding this property belong to Ukrainian refugees. Their houses have been destroyed and this guy supported the war”.
Hundred of Hoo academy in Kent has installed lockable gates to stop pupils using the toilets during lessons. As expected, parents have made complaints saying that they have to tell their children on how much to limit their drinks to, meaning they return home with headaches. It is basic human rights to be able to go to the toilet.
A school statement says: “Pupils are able to access toilets, student services and our pastoral rooms throughout the day, but should follow the school systems that have been in place for a number of years, with pupils reminded of them termly. There has been no change to policy and pupils are able to use the Academy facilities. We have multiple bathrooms around the Academy and pupils use these freely during break and lunch, as staff are on duty in these areas. During lesson time pupils should register at their lesson and use the teachers ‘out of lesson’ pass to gain access to the bathrooms or attend one of the pastoral rooms. This ensures we know the location of all pupils and can safeguard them effectively. Like all schools, we try to encourage students to use the toilets at the most appropriate times to avoid lessons being disruptive, however, if a child needs to use the toilet, then they are permitted to do so especially when they have a medical condition that may require it more frequently. Shutters are used on site to prevent unauthorised use of the toilets when they are not supervised which improves both student safety and helps avoid any vandalism. We have specifically opted to use shutters rather than doors as this allows a clear view into the communal area of the toilet for staff when walking the site. We take our responsibility to safeguard and educate pupils extremely seriously and will continue to support our pupils to be the best that they can be.”
11 men near the Pieniny Mountains are voluntarily rebuilding an abandoned rail line that runs from Ukraine to Poland hoping to rescue refugees fleeing Ukraine. Digging by hand and using pick axes to drag out rocks that have been there since the 19th century is a laborious task (especially in temperatures below freezing), but are rushing through it to save as many people as possible. The crew drive three hours to get to the 18-mile stretch of track, and within an hour they have repaired 40 feet. Hopefully, they get more help in order to speed up the efforts and get the tracks fully functional and full of fleeing refugees.