Antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been found near the bank of the River CamSimon Lock

St John’s or St Nick?

Santa hats have inexplicably appeared on three of the statues on the walls of St John’s College chapel.

Photographer Martin Bond first spotted the statues sporting the festive headwear at around 11am on Monday (22/11).

He was taking his daily photograph for his online photography collection, ’A Cambridge Diary’, when he spotted the unexpected additions to the chapel’s 19th century architecture.

Bond took to social media to share his discovery and to share his thoughts on how the hats might have got there: “A rascal student has placed a Santa hat on the heads of figures on St John’s College Chapel - so why is it my picture of the day? Take a look at the second picture and ask yourself - how?”

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found near River Cam

Potentially fatal’ antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been found in the vicinity of the River Cam.

Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University have found pseudomonas bacteria in bird droppings after taking swabs from an area within half a mile of the bank of the River Cam over two years.

24 out of the 115 samples contained the bacteria which can be transmitted to humans via cross-contamination. One sample contained pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common hospital infection that can cause serious lung infections in those with weakened immune systems.

Five types of antibiotics were tested on the bacteria samples, with all of them being resistant to at least one type.

However, none were resistant to all five types.

Music photographer and Cambridge alumnus Mick Rock dies

Music photographer Mick Rock has died at the age of 72.

He was widely known as ‘The Man Who Shot the Seventies’ due to his famous work with David Bowie, Lou Reed, Queen, Blondie, The Sex Pistols and many more.

Rock matriculated at Gonville and Caius in 1964, graduating with a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages.

A statement posted on his website reads: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the other side.

“Those who had the pleasure of existing in his orbit, know that Mick was always so much more than ’The Man Who Shot The 70s.’ He was a photographic poet — a true force of nature who spent his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his own delightfully outrageous way.”

Most dangerous roads in Cambridge revealed

The most dangerous roads for car accidents in Cambridge have been revealed.

Data compiled by insurance company Ageas shows that over 300 serious or fatal accidents have occurred in Cambridge between 2017 and 2019.

According to an interactive map made available online, the most common sites of car accidents in Cambridge city are East Road and Barton Road, which is marked as ‘persistently higher risk’.

Other roads across Cambridgeshire have also been marked as areas of concern.

The data comes as part of a nationwide study into accidents on British roads.