This week's UK news: 6 February 2015
6 February 2015

Book goes back to library after 65 years

A man has returned a book to his school's library – after 65 years. Sir Jay Tidmarsh found the book when he was clearing shelves at his home. The book still had the stamp from his school inside.
He thought he should take the book back to school and also pay for returning it so late. He gave the school the book and GBP1,500. Now Taunton School is asking other old pupils to check whether they have its books.


UK to be first in world to allow babies with three parents

The UK parliament this week voted on a new law which would help more babies to be born healthy. Some kinds of disease are passed on through a very small part of cells which make energy. These diseases are only passed on through the baby's mother, and can mean the child will be ill or die early.
Scientists have worked on ways of replacing this area of a human egg with cells from a different egg. They say it is safe.


People collect GBP220,000 for man who was attacked

A man who is almost blind and has had other problems all his life was attacked on the doorstep of his home last week. Alan Barnes, who is 67 and only 4ft 6 inches (1.37m) tall, was pushed over by his attacker, and this broke one of his bones.
When the attack was reported on the news, Katie Cutler, who works locally, decided to try and collect some money so that Mr Barnes could live in a different house. She thought she might collect GBP 500. So she was really surprised to get money from people living all over the world.
Now Miss Cutler thinks there is enough money for Mr Barnes to buy himself a new little house. He says he is "amazed".


Lost art works found in Cambridge

Michaelangelo is best known for his paintings on the Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Vatican and his sculpture of David. Now a museum in Cambridge thinks it has found new works by the artist.
The new works are bronze statues of men riding on panthers. They belong to a British owner, and the Fitzwilliam Museum in London has done a lot of work to find out who made them. The evidence includes a sketch by one of Michaelangelo's pupils, a scan of the statues, and comparing them with Michaelangelo's other works. You can see the statues on display at the museum in Cambridge.


previous entry << >> next entry