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


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


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


Some have been unable to return to work.


It comes on the day an interim report revealed more details


One passenger has been telling our transport correspondent


Tom Edwards about his financial struggle and the traumatic


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


crash, bang, wallop, lights out, mayhem.


Patrick Freeman is recovering from an operation.


He fractured his shoulder in the Croydon tram crash.


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


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


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


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


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


of two grand on the 12th of December.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Patrick was one of 51 who were injured when the tram


derailed on a tight bend just before Sandylands station.


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


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


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


There are people that are being threatened with eviction


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


is facilitate interim payments for those people.


Transport for London have replaced some of the signs


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


the existing speed limit sign may have been obscured


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


lost awareness that he was approaching such a tight bend.


Four investigations are now looking at the incident.


Full settlements and compensation could take years.


People need to be able to pay their bills.


We don't want people to be ending up homeless


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


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


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


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


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


It believes no payments are outstanding.


As for definitive answers about what happened,


Well, Jim Wheble has been looking at the report.


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


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


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


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


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


that the investigators are also looking at another key element,


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


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


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


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


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


investigators are looking at understanding the behaviour of the


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


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


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


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


manslaughter. As we've been hearing,


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


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


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


to a halt unless the Government radically rethinks how


we care for adults. Betty Weir is 90 years


old and immobile. Two carers have to visit her four


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


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


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


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


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


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


move without a hoist, So the fact of making


more cuts is... The thought of it is


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


in Hertfordshire like Betty have The demand is growing,


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


in adults asking for social care in Hertfordshire


in the last seven years. Currently, the service costs


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


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


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


grinding almost to a halt. Hertfordshire Valleys Clinical


Commissioning Group had decided to cut a further ?8.5 million


from adult social care but tonight, it's decided


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


but even with a planned increase in council tax,


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


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


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


giants Arsenal, who now go But despite the disappointment,


it was still "a beautiful Chris Slegg was watching


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


you with Elizabeth Rizzini for a check on the weather.


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


scene at Sutton earlier today. Glorious sunshine and exceptionally


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the Caribbean, hence the name tropical maritime air. Temperatures


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


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




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