20/02/2017 London News


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Here on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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Survivors of the Croydon tram crash, in which seven people died,

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have told us they need more financial support and feel let down

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Some have been unable to return to work.

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It comes on the day an interim report revealed more details

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One passenger has been telling our transport correspondent

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Tom Edwards about his financial struggle and the traumatic

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He didn't slow down, and the next thing was,

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crash, bang, wallop, lights out, mayhem.

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Patrick Freeman is recovering from an operation.

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He fractured his shoulder in the Croydon tram crash.

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He says at 62, he won't be able to work again laying paving stones

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and he's angry at a lack of support from TfL.

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After one payment, he's had to use his savings to pay his rent.

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I had to cancel my Christmas over it, bits and pieces like that.

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But as regards the financial end, they gave me an interim payment

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of two grand on the 12th of December.

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So I don't think it is very fair by Transport for London,

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I don't know whether I'm the only one.

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I don't know anyone, really, that was on there.

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But if they've done that to everyone, there's something wrong.

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So you think you've been badly treated in the aftermath?

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Yes, yes, I think I've been badly treated in them circumstances, yeah.

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Patrick was one of 51 who were injured when the tram

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derailed on a tight bend just before Sandylands station.

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In the aftermath, without financial support, many can struggle.

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It's going to be stressful if you're not able to pay your bills

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on time and you're not able to pay your rent on time.

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There are people that are being threatened with eviction

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because they are not able to work, and what we're trying to do

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is facilitate interim payments for those people.

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Transport for London have replaced some of the signs

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Today, in an interim report, rail investigators said they thought

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the existing speed limit sign may have been obscured

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And because the driver braked so late, they thought he may have

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lost awareness that he was approaching such a tight bend.

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Four investigations are now looking at the incident.

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Full settlements and compensation could take years.

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People need to be able to pay their bills.

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We don't want people to be ending up homeless

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They are innocent victims, here, and they need to be supported.

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Patrick says the whole thing has been a nightmare and it's being made

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And at night, bad dreams some nights, you know?

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It all comes back, some nights, and it's

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TfL says it will look into Patrick's case and has so far paid over

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It believes no payments are outstanding.

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As for definitive answers about what happened,

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Well, Jim Wheble has been looking at the report.

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It didn't include any new specific safety recommendations. You would

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expect those in the final report. But we did get more of an

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understanding of the way this investigation is going, the role of

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the driver, for instance. The report says investigators are looking at

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the way in which the cam was being driven. -- tram. The report confirms

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that the investigators are also looking at another key element,

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speeding, aware of allegations that trams have gone around the curve at

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a higher speed in the 20 kilometres an hour limit on previous occasions.

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So are those claims true? If so, could more have been done to stop

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that? Something that haven't even mentioned much before is the role of

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windows in this crash. People died after being thrown through them. So

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investigators are looking at understanding the behaviour of the

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tram windows and current standards that are applicable. In other words,

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should the windows have been more resilient, like they are on trains?

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This investigation will go on for several months more, looking at

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every detail. Meanwhile, the driver remains on bail on suspicion of

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manslaughter. As we've been hearing,

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there are warnings that deep cuts to services will be needed to plug

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the gap in social care funding, Well, Hertfordshire says the county

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is approaching a crisis and warns that its care system could grind

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to a halt unless the Government radically rethinks how

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we care for adults. Betty Weir is 90 years

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old and immobile. Two carers have to visit her four

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times every day at her home in Borehamwood to make sure she's

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washed, dressed and fed properly They see to my needs, all my needs,

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so I'm quite happy about that. Her carers are horrified

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at the news that some services If it wasn't for carers,

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these people would be left to try to fend for themselves,

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which is, in Betty's case, impossible, because she can't

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move without a hoist, So the fact of making

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more cuts is... The thought of it is

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just, it scares me. Every day, more than 28,000 people

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in Hertfordshire like Betty have The demand is growing,

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but funding's being cut. There's been a 71% increase

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in adults asking for social care in Hertfordshire

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in the last seven years. Currently, the service costs

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?312 million per year. We can't work on the schemes

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we have in place already If more people are going into A,

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that clogs up the hospital system and it could mean the whole system

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grinding almost to a halt. Hertfordshire Valleys Clinical

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Commissioning Group had decided to cut a further ?8.5 million

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from adult social care but tonight, it's decided

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to rethink that decision. Welcome news for Betty and others,

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but even with a planned increase in council tax,

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the funding of adult social care It's the stuff that football

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dreams are made of - but tonight, it wasn't

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to be for Sutton United. They lost 2-0 to Premier League

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giants Arsenal, who now go But despite the disappointment,

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it was still "a beautiful Chris Slegg was watching

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and can explain. What a night indeed. More than 100

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league places separate these two teams. It wasn't Arsenal's strongest

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line-up, but they put out a decent team and it didn't look like 100

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league places. It took until Theo Walcott's goal in the second half to

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put clear daylight between the teams. At that point, you thought it

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was all over for Sutton, but even after that, they had some decent

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chances to get back into that game and cause Arsenal a few problems.

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Not to be in the end. The Sutton Captain Jamie Collins is with me

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now. Disappointment with the result, but what was it like to share a

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pitch with those Premier League stars? It was what we was all hoping

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for, to be fair. We said we hoped they would bring the best thing they

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can. To be fair to Arsenal, they put a very strong team out. To top it

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off, they brought on Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sanchez. For

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the lads, it was a dream come true. How did you feel when your team-mate

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Roarie Deacon struck the bar from 25 yards out, which would have brought

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you back into it at 2-1? We knew it was going to be an uphill battle

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when they went 2-0 up. We want to get a goal for the fans, because

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they have been fantastic, but it was not meant to be. We will look back

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on it in a couple of days and see what an achievement it was. We are a

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bit disappointed at the minute because that is what you always do,

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but it was fantastic. And you will be back on the building site on

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Wednesday. Definitely. If we won, I would have had a week off, or even

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if we got a draw. But it will be back to normal life now. I am proud

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of the lads and proud of the club for the way they have looked after

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the lads and the fans. Thank you, Jamie. Sutton have made about ?1

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million from this cup run. They can finally meant, the chairman says,

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the hole in the dressing room roof. Which is great to see!

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I'll wish you a very good night now and I'll leave

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you with Elizabeth Rizzini for a check on the weather.

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After a lovely day, house tomorrow looking? Not so good. This was the

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scene at Sutton earlier today. Glorious sunshine and exceptionally

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mild that this time of year. We saw 18.3 degrees earlier in Kew and at

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Northolt. That is more like late May than the end of February. But it is

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going to come to a crashing halt. It will still be mild on Tuesday and

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Wednesday, but but it wouldn't turn colder by the end of the working

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week. Windy, with cloud in between and a few outbreaks of rain.

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Tonight, we keep those thick layers of cloud. Low cloud tomorrow morning

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as well, with outbreaks of rain at times. Some of this could adopt

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towards the north and east. A damp start of the new day and a mild one.

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Temperatures will not really dropped out of double figures all night.

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Tomorrow, some of the rain will hang around. A bit drizzly at times, but

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mostly a dry day, with lots of low cloud and little brightness compared

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to today. Temperatures are still mild. Wednesday is looking similar,

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but it could brighten up as we head into the late afternoon from the

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north. The weekend will feel a little milder, but it will be a wet

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start and it will brighten up later. As you have just seen, after a day

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in which some of you have been shedding the layers, you will be

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putting them back on for the rest of this week. Big changes ahead, all

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down to where the air has been coming from. Today, it originated in

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the Caribbean, hence the name tropical maritime air. Temperatures

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peaked at 18 degrees. But later this week, the winds go to the

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north-west, a different source, polar maritime air. Still over the

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sea,

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