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Israel's capital. It is a move, he
said, was long overdue.
On the programme this evening:
On the eve of the official report
into the Croydon tram crash,
families tell us they're angry
a similar speeding incident just
days before wasn't investigated.
Had that incident been investigated,
might the one the week later
never have happened?
And how does that make you feel?
There are bound to be serious
questions for Transport for London
and the tram operator,
as to why so many speeding incidents
Also ahead this evening:
A former priest is found guilty
of historic sex abuse
at a Catholic School in Ealing.
Plus, a very personal
journey for the Mayor -
crossing the border during his trade
visit to India and Pakistan...
What does it feel like coming home?
Home's south London,
mate, but, you know,
it's good to be in Pakistan.
And he's big in Hollywood -
we catch up with Hackney's Idris
Elba about his latest film
and his message to young Londoners.
Welcome to BBC London News.
A very good evening to you.
Families of those who died
in the Croydon tram crash say
they're outraged an official report
has found a similar speeding
incident took place on the same
corner just days before.
It wasn't reported by the driver
or acted upon quickly.
They believe if there
hadn't been a 'culture
of fear' among drivers,
the disaster may
have been prevented.
The final report, due out tomorrow,
which they have seen,
suggests the driver had been
confused and could have
momentarily fallen asleep.
Our Transport Correspondent Tom
Edwards has this exclusive report.
Marilyn Logan's husband Philip died
in the Croydon tram crash.
He was on his way to work.
She's read the official
report and she says it
outlines how the driver lost
awareness on the corner
and was confused.
Who do you all of this?
TFL, and the management side of it.
I mean, TFL, in effect,
improve these people.
-- employ these people.
There should be more
The report, Marilyn
says, also highlights
numerous speeding incidents and one
on the same bend just days before.
As we reported at the time,
Shantell Singh, not the driver,
reported that to the tram operator.
I think the tram tipped on one side
as we went around the bend and
everyone actually went
on the right-hand side of the tram.
Crucially, though, the report says
this incident was not
Now, had that incident
being investigated, might the one
the week later never have happened?
And how does that make you feel?
And the family says a culture
of fear meant drivers were
not reporting incidents.
Very, very angry.
Because these procedures should be
there to protect the
public, and that is not protecting
the public in the least.
This is the memorial
in New Addington to the seven
who died on the 51 who were injured.
The tram was travelling at over
three times the speed limit.
From the tram operator's point
of view, do you think
they have learnt?
I mean, if drivers are frightened
to report things because
of line managers, how is that
going to make me feel better?
It's going to infuriate me.
TFL says it has enhanced
its customer complaints
process and now it, not
the operator, receives complaints.
The official report
into what happened here is published
tomorrow and there are bound to be
serious questions for transport
for London and the tram operator
as to why so many speeding
incidents weren't reported,
in particular one just a few
days before the crash.
Marilyn faces another difficult
Christmas and she still has lots
of questions as to why her husband
died on his way to work.
A former Priest who raped
and abused boys at a Catholic
school in west London,
has been found guilty
of a string of sexual offences
against ten former pupils.
Andrew Soper, known
as Father Laurence Soper,
fled the country following his
arrest, leading to a 5-year
police hunt in Kosovo.
Today, one of his victims
at St Benedict's School in Ealing
welcomed the verdict,
saying he hadn't realised
there were so many other victims.
Marc Ashdown reports.
Respected, trusted, revered. Andrew
Soper now revealed as a sadistic
You can see what it's
Filmed in 1980 here,
he was supposed to be caring for
young boys in his charge, instead he
was fondling, cleaning and raping
them. Today found guilty at the
Bailey of assaulting ten former
pupils. Saint Benedict 's in 1976,
schoolboys indulged in one of their
favourite games, the bundle. One of
them, Prosper, was molested by
Soper. He gave testimony in court
and wave at his anonymity. He gave
us his reaction.
It shows that the defence that was
put up simply didn't convince the
jury. I'm very pleased that this man
who is clearly still a danger to
young people and young boys
particularly, is going to be taken
out of circulation.
We also spoke to
another man who gave evidence. These
are his words, spoken by an actor.
It's fantastic, I'm feeling really
emotional. I thought I was the only
one. It was such a shocking thing to
happen to me. As a kid, you put it
away to a dark place. Some kids made
jokes about it at school but I had
no idea there were others until
recently stopped by the abuse
started when he was a teacher at
Saint Benedict 's in 1972. The monks
nominated him headmaster. In 2002,
moved to Rome. In 2010 he was
arrested and charged with nine
counts of sexual abuse against five
But he skipped bail and went
on the run across Europe with
Interpol on his trail. It's claimed
he stayed at the Vatican for a time
and withdrew £200,000 from his bank
and vanished. Four years later, he
was finally tracked in Kosovo pacing
posing as a widowed author. More
victims came forward and finally he
was put on trial for 19 offences
against ten boys.
It's a which
involves him using, usually using
the opportunities that disciplining
students gave him, to use that
seclusion to abuse. The key to the
case is victims coming forward.
Without men coming forward in this
case, we wouldn't have had a case to
present to a jury.
son attended the school. Concerned,
he started digging into its history.
He believes this conviction is
another step towards uncovering the
full extent of the abuse.
victims that have come forward I
hope it gives them closure and
comfort, seeing justice done. I have
never met Soper himself. His name
came up in comments on the blog from
time to time. I would be astonished
if that is the sum total of those he
For decades, all this has cast a
shadow over the school and the
Abbey. They have tried to move on,
for example at the sports field the
Soper pavilion was recently renamed
but it has been difficult and an
independent inquiry commissioned by
senior figures in 2011 highlighted
complaints against eight teachers
and monks. To date five men have now
been convicted, including Soper, a
child related sexual offences. In a
statement, Ealing Abbey apologised
and said their thoughts and prayers
are with Soper's victims was that
they admire their courage in coming
forward. The school apologised
unreservedly and said Saint Benedict
is now a completely different
institution. Safeguarding, they say,
is their top priority. The
independent inquiry into child abuse
is to hear evidence about Saint
Benedict 's in 2019. Some believe
more allegations could surface.
There were blasts in the dock today
as Soper, the former Ealing Abbott,
faces spending the rest of his life
in prison for hideous crimes against
defenceless young boys.
Coming up later in the programme...
Preventing acid attacks:
How shop owners in Tower Hamlets
are being asked to help stop
corrosive substances falling
into the wrong hands.
The family of a man who died
in custody at Brixton police station
nearly a decade ago say it's
"shameful" that no police
officers will be charged
in connection with his death.
Sean Rigg died after
Today, the Crown Prosecution Service
said it was standing by its original
decision not to prosecute
five officers involved.
Katharine Carpenter has been
following the story,
which has been the long journey
for the family.
Yes, nearly a decade. Shaun rate was
40 and had mental health problems.
There has long been criticism of how
his arrest has dealt with in 2008.
He was put in a van and restrained
in what is called a prone position
for a Bennetts. He suffered a
cardiac arrest and then he died.
Ever since then, his family have
been campaigning for someone to be
held accountable. In particular they
wanted to see charges brought
against five officers who Sean came
into contact with that day. This has
always been controversial. At the
initial inquest into Sean Rigg's
death, the Met was criticised. The
IPCC has come to under fire over
this also. One of the officers
involved has stood trial for
perjury, although he was acquitted.
The CPS then said about a year ago
they were going to charge any of
these officers. The family appealed
again. The CPS review to that and
today have come back once more and
that there will not be criminal
charges. The family says it is
absolutely crushed. It says, we
spoke a short while ago to Sean's
sister, Marcia Rigg.
campaigning, damaging inquest jury
verdict, a coroner's report, CCTV
evidence, audio evidence, various
reports, including recent role by
Andrew Delaney and even Theresa May
has made comments about the
treatment Sean received from the
police office, and yet still there
is no accountability whatsoever.
Where do families go from here?
that note, where does this go from
The officers could still face
police misconduct proceedings. That
is being discussed by the Met and
IPCC at the moment. They promise to
try and reach a decision on that as
quickly as possible.
Thank you very
The police watchdog - the IPCC -
is investigating after an on-duty
officer and an elderly woman died
in a crash in Berkshire yesterday.
The officer was on a training
exercise at the time.
Today the Prime Minister paid
tribute to both victims.
Frankie McCamley reports.
The star police officer,
not only on the beat
but on the television too.
Nicknamed Dixie, PC James Dixon
appearing on the series Road Wars
following the work of Thames Valley
He's been filming you
and we've got here.
-- got you.
But in the early hours of Tuesday
morning, the officer was killed
when his police motorbike collided
with a car.
The driver of the car was taken
to hospital, but the 91-year-old
female passenger died.
Today, the Independent Police
Complaints Commission said PC Dixon
was on a training exercise
and was not responding
to an emergency or pursuing
the vehicle he collided with.
The crash happened on the A4
in Berkshire in the Prime Minister
Theresa May's constituency.
Mr Speaker, I'm sure the whole House
will wish to join me in offering
condolences to the family,
friends and colleagues of Police
Constable James Dixon
from Thames Valley Police,
who was killed while on motorcycle
duty yesterday, and also
to the family and friends
of the passenger in the car
involved in the collision.
Thames Valley Police Chief
Constable Francis Hapgood
in a statement said...
And online, dozens of tributes have
been paid to the officer
by colleagues and fans of the show.
The IPCC is now carrying
out its investigation
into what happened to the officer
due to become a father
for the first time.
Frankie McCamley, BBC London News.
Do stay with us.
Still to come before 7pm...
Join me in Leicester Square for the
premiere of this film who stars in
the East End Cockney boy playing an
American lawyer. Join and your for
wintry weather forecast, a very
wintry feeling at Somerset house.
As the Mayor continues his week-long
trade visit to India and Pakistan,
he made a very personal journey
crossing the border, accompanied
by a huge security convoy.
This on the 70th year
anniversary of Partition.
But the day started with a visit
to the Golden Temple in Amritsar,
where he surprised a few Londoners.
Our Political Correspondent,
Karl Mercer, sent this report.
It is Sikhism's holiest place -
the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
A place of worship, of pilgrimage.
A place of devotion.
A place for visiting politicians
to pay their respects.
The Mayor getting plenty of
attention as he did so this morning.
My family are from this
part of the world,
from the Indian subcontinent.
My grandparents, great-grandparents
and my forefathers and foremothers
are from this part of the world.
Literally, my grandparents probably
came to the Golden Temple
in previews years.
But for me, personally,
it's important to me.
It's quite emotional for me as well
to be back to the country
of my forefathers and foremothers.
Thousands of London Sikhs
come here every year.
This family from West
London surprised to see
their mayor in town.
I think it's really good
for building bridges
between the two countries,
and just showing his awareness
and his interest in India.
I mean, I know it's partition,
but still it's the same.
I think it's brilliant.
When I saw him, I was
excited more than her.
I said, we will go
and say hello to him.
Sadiq Khan's last stop in India
was Jallianwala Bagh,
the site of a massacre by British
troops in 1919.
I mean, you can see still how
raw it is to the people
who are describing it.
In relation to what British
soldiers did in 1919.
As he lay flowers, the Mayor said
that the British Government should
apologise for the massacre.
He was then off to Pakistan.
A decision made to walk
across the border.
When we were organising this trip,
we were told that it's not the done
thing to go to India and Pakistan
on the same trip.
But when I said that I wanted
to actually cross from India
to Pakistan directly by foot,
it was frowned upon.
It's not the sort of
thing that is done.
I think it is important, though.
The symbolism, but also
there are many people like me, whose
family come from India and Pakistan.
The hospitality with which I've been
received in India is phenominal.
It will stay with me forever.
Now I'm going to go to Pakistan,
and hopefully that sort of warmth
will carry over to Pakistan as well.
Then a crossing like the one his
grandparents and parents
made during partition.
Indian Muslims fleeing to Pakistan.
Does it feel like coming home?
Home is south London!
But you know, it's good
to be in Pakistan.
It's good to come from India,
like my parents and grandparents.
Obviously, it's an emotional
connection for me, bearing
in mind my connections to this great
part of the world.
In Soutbh London, though,
he doesn't get security like this.
A convoy of heavily armed soldiers.
30 vehicles, including a fire
engine and an ambulance.
Even at the historic
Badshahi Mosque in Lahore,
where the Mayor went
to pay his respects and to pray,
security was all too evident.
This level of security is likely
to last throughout his time
in Pakistan, despite senior
politicians here saying
they see his visit as a homecoming.
People are obviously nice,
they like to meet him,
chat with him and know who he is.
-- people are obviously galvanised.
He's a good mayor.
You thought it was symbolic too that
he walked across the border today?
It's symbolic in the sense that
Britain can always play an important
role to build bidges
between Pakistan and India.
That's part of the Mayor's ambition.
He will also hope that
bridges will be built
between London and both countries.
Karl Mercer, BBC
London News, Lahore.
Shop owners in an east London
borough are being urged not to sell
corrosive substances like powerful
drain cleaner to teenagers,
or to anyone they suspect might
use it to harm others.
Businesses are asked to join
a voluntary scheme which would see
them carrying out ID
checks on customers.
It comes as acid attacks
in the capital are on the rise.
Tarah Welsh reports
from Tower Hamlets.
Just a warning, it does begin with
pictures of injuries some of you
might find upsetting.
Can't hear from this ear.
This arm is a mess.
This part of my wrist, my front
chest, my belly, my back, my legs.
I touched my neck, and skin was just
coming off in my hands.
I was just screaming like crazy.
I never cried like that in my life.
You know, I was sitting
on the pavement, hopeless,
crying and screaming.
We need to try and get water in your
This is Javid, straight
after a substance was thrown
in his face in July.
He has no physical scars,
but is still traumatised.
I don't go anywhere without my
brother or my friends
or anyone who I trust.
I feel like something
could happen again.
In Tower Hamlets alone,
there have been more than 100
acid attacks since 2012,
and there were several
in East London over the summer.
Now, that's made the council
here introduce a new scheme
where shopkeepers opt in to question
anyone that they think
is underage or not using
the substances legitimately.
Could it be putting
shopkeepers at risk,
asking them to challenge people
who could be criminals, ultimately?
Well, I think it's unlikely
that that's the case.
Because it's on a similar spectrum
to a newsagent not selling
cigarettes to a minor.
It's about people acting responsibly
and making sure they are not placing
in the hands of people things
that they shouldn't have.
Along with about 20 other
businesses, Paul's signed up.
But he'd already started to take
precautions after recent attacks.
You do get people
I haven't got a driving licence,
I haven't got a passport.
It is awkward, again.
Some people might feel
intimidated and just turn
a blind eye and let it go.
But we've used numerous things,
to say that we're out of stock.
The Goverment's also proposed
strengthening sentencing around
selling and carrying corrosive
substances - which are increasingly
being used as weapons,
with life-changing effects.
Tarah Welsh, BBC London news.
He always looks pretty cool, doesn't
He's the East-End Londoner who's
made it big in Hollywood
as well as the music business.
Idris Elba is back in London tonight
for the premiere of his new film.
Molly's Game is based on a true
story, with the actor playing a top
American lawyer with a tough case
on his hands.
Asad Ahmad caught up with him
and his co-star in Leicester Square.
Let me tell you a bit about the
film, it's about a woman who runs
the highest state gambling tables in
the world before she is targeted by
the FBI. The lawyer who represents
her is played by Cockney London Eye
That's an introduction!
You are playing an American lawyer.
Are we losing a bit of you, or are
you still very much one of us?
course I am! It's my country, my
heritage and where I come from. It's
great playing different characters
from all over the world, it's what
an actor is supposed to do. A large
part of my career is rebooted in
America. I feel like I've got
licensed to have a passport in both,
a little bit.
You are anti-crime
ambassador for the Prince's Trust, a
really important role in a year that
has seen so much knife crime and
acid attacks in London. What is your
message to young people out there
who look to you as a role model and
say, he's done a fantastic job,
those opportunities and open me, I
can only turn to crime.
understand that turning to crime is
an easy option. But crime in
whatever capacity is a stopgap,
because eventually if you've got
good health you are going to move
forward and live for a long time and
regret crime. I'd rather spend that
time just building myself into a
better place, to get opportunities
that aren't available to now, rather
than turning to crime. It's so easy
to turn to crime, it's the easiest
thing in the world. Stepping the
other way is harder, getting an
education, is betting up with other
friends, other people. Perhaps you
could alleviate their whole life of
misery for you and your family by
just not doing crime. I was 16, 17,
18 once. I could have got into
fights and use knives and all about,
but I chose a different direction,
and I sit here in my hometown
celebrating something that I love
doing. Young people could take a bit
out of my book and says, crime, no,
I'll go the other way.
really powerful message to similar
young people. A pleasure to meet
you. The link you for speaking to
us. All the best. What a role model!
Time now for a check on the weather.
Let's join Elizabeth, who's
at the Somerset House ice rink.
A safe distance, I believe,
A safe distance, I believe,
Elizabeth! Yes, it's feeling very
Christmassy indeed here at Somerset
house tonight. Lots of people out on
the ice rink, skating away. I was
throwing a few shapes around NB-IoT
earlier on myself, I have come off
because of the pressures of life TV
and all that! You can smell the
mould wine, there's lots of children
here fishing around the plastic
polymers, and we have got a live DJ
as well. -- plastic polar bears. It
looks, feels and sounds like
Christmas as well. But will the
weather be feeling Christmassy?
Certainly it is going to be feeling
a lot colder as we head through the
rest of this week. We could even be
talking about winter showers at the
end of the week, too. You wouldn't
know it at the moment. It has been a
mild and dull day of weather with
cloud around. Tomorrow we will start
to see the changes. Tomorrow it is
going to be very windy indeed
through the morning, wet and windy
start, but while start, turning
bright and cool as we head into the
afternoon. Overnight tonight it is
still rather cloudy, of course the
wind is dotting to pick up and there
will be outbreaks of rain through
the small hours of tomorrow morning.
Still remaining mild. We start of
the day tomorrow at around 8 degrees
or 9 degrees. Tomorrow morning, wet
and windy commute into work. Very
windy, gusts of wind is as high as
40 mph, not enough to cause alarm.
Not unusual for this time of year,
but a very windy day. Gradually
turning cooler as we head into the
afternoon. Look at the temperatures
dropping away. We will end the
afternoon tomorrow perhaps as high
as 9 degrees of years. There will be
a lot of sunshine around to enjoy.
We get into the really cold as we
head into Thursday night, that is
when the cold stuff starts to dig
in. It should be a dry night, but if
we do get showers they could turn
out to be wintry. We more likely to
see wintry showers on Friday. There
could be something white falling out
of the sky. Don't get too excited,
it's not enough to build a snowman
with. Perhaps a little sleet and
snow. Probably rain or maybe snow on
Sunday. Until then, keep skating.
STUDIO: From a very festive Somerset
House, Elizabeth, thank you.
STUDIO: From a very festive Somerset
House, Elizabeth, thank you.
A reminder of the headlines...
President Trump has reversed decades
of foreign policy and recognised
Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,
despite warnings that it could
disrupt the Middle East peace
Brexit Secretary David Davis has
told MPs that the Government has
made no impact assessments
of the economic impact
of leaving the EU.
A man has appeared in court accused
of plotting to assassinate
the Prime Minister.
The 20-year-old is alleged to have
planned to bomb the security gates
before attacking Number Ten
with a knife and suicide vest.
A former priest has been found
guilty of historic sex abuse
at a Catholic school in Ealing.
74-year-old Andrew Soper targeted
young boys in the 1970s and 80s.
That's it for now.
Thanks for joining us.
Plenty more on our website
and Facebook page.
And Asad will be back
with our late news.
So from me and the team here,
do have a lovely evening.