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cross-party moment to defeat pro-Brexit MPs in the election.
Four drivers have admitted falling asleep while operating
trams in Croydon where seven people were killed
A BBC investigation has also discovered a failure with a safety
device that wasn't reported to the regulator and three
The tram operators said they were satisfied the controls
were safe and that driver fatigue was monitored.
A speeding tram. No emergency braking. The disaster here where
seven people were killed, over 50 injured. Have you fallen asleep?
Yeah. It's happened to me once in ten years. How many drivers do you
think have fallen asleep in the cab? I would have to say most drivers
have at some point in their careers. He's admitting what many would
consider gross misconduct because of this. It's called the traction brake
controller or TBC, the driving lever that powers the tram. Inside, the
safety device known as the dead man's handle. This driver says when
he fell asleep, it didn't work. Was there an alarm? No. Was there any
emergency braking? No, none whatsoever. My hand remained on the
TBC. That was enough to keep the dead man's handle from being
activated. Why aren't drivers telling the operators what's going
wrong? If we were to come forward and say, excuse me, I fell asleep, I
think you would just be dismissed. Four drivers have told the BBC
they'd fallen asleep in the cab. Send it off to TfL. They asked us to
watch this footage again. A tram driver who appears to be asleep.
There's no alarm, no emergency brakes. Is he going to stop the
tram... He's in and out of the sleep. He's coming to and starting
to doze and coming to and starting to doze. Why was there no alarm, why
was there no braking? Well, because if he were to completely pass out,
if he were to completely lose consciousness, he'd relax his grip.
But it's OK just to slightly doze in and out like we saw on the footage?
No, of course it's not all right. The company who operates the trams
for TfL, tram operations Ltd says strive fatigue is monitored ant on
the driver safety device says it's satisfied the controls are fully
functional. We can also reveal at least three trams have been recorded
speeding since the derailment. One was travelling at 60 kilometres per
hour in a 50 zone. The operator told us it had increased speed checks
since the crash. It's changed my life. He did everything for us...
Still waiting for answers, the families of those who died. My
daughters are just devastated. What is the one question you want
answering? Why? Why? Investigators are trying to answer that question.
To piece together a disaster that changed so many lives. Ed Thomas,
BBC London News. Turning to the election; it's
expected to be a tough fight There's been speculation
the party is strategically targeting its resources by only
fielding candidates where Like in Rainham, where our
political correspondent It would be fair to say election
fever's not kicked in at the working men's club yet. Here, they don't
have a high opinion of politicians. This constituency was the most
pro-Brexit in the capital. That is good because it should be out of the
EU because they're trying to get people to pay out more money, people
who haven't got money. Out of Europe definitely. We are paying all that
money getting into it when that money could go to schools and
hospitals. Are there signs this area could give Ukip a chance of their
first London seat? You can see why Ukip might target this area, in the
EU referendum this constituency voted 70-30 in favour of Brexit.
Also, they came second here in the general election last time around.
With Brexit already under way, could they have missed their chance? Not
at all According To Peter Harris, runner-up here in 2015 and running
again. This time we could do it. We have an MP that's backed remain, he
backed Corbyn as well, nominated him for the leadership, and then we have
an electorate here which voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU. The
Tories too have high hopes here despite never having won this
constituency. I say I've believed in Brexit all my adult life. If you
want Brexit, you have to vote for Conservatives. This is the man
they're aiming to topple winning in 2015. He's aware of the challenge,
but keen to put issues other than Brexit at the front of the campaign.
Health, school cuts in terms of the schools across the whole
constituency, some of the infrastructure, housing issues, the
real meat and potatoes of a real campaign that should be front and
centre. It's a slight distraction Brexit but I take the point that a
lot of people voted for Brexit. People will have to work hard to
enthuse Chris and Brian if they want to get to Westminster.
And talking tactical manoeuvres, Tolu Adayoye is here.
Suggestions of Ukip withdrawing their candidate in Vauxhall?
Paul Nuttall suggested yesterday they wouldn't go up against Kate
Hoey Labour's current MP who's been there since 1989. She's got a huge
majority there. But, during the run-up to the referendum, she was a
leave campaigner which was obviously against what a lot of people voted
for in Vauxhall. So Ukip could look to prop her votes up if it comes to
it. For her part, she said she doesn't need the help of Ukip or
anyone else. Meanwhile, the Lib Dems were in Vauxhall today. They say
they are going to target that seat for that reason that people will
vote wanting to remain and their MP wanted to leave. They even put out
this leaflet saying essentially a vote for Kate Hoey was a vote for
Ukip. Now, Vauxhall isn't the only place where these kind of
discussions over whether to field candidates, so it will be
interesting to see what happens over the coming days.
The Metropolitan Police now has a dedicated unit
It hopes to improve the force's response to internet abuse.
Launching the hub today, the Mayor told us he's
Here's our Home Affairs Correspondent Nick Beake.
This lady is from Forest Gate in East London. She was invited to the
European Parliament in France for a debate on refugees. Her views were
forthright, calling for countries which once had empires to pay
compensation. To pay reparations to the countries they previously
colonised within the last 80 years. After that clip was posted, she
received a barrage of abuse. A lot more controlling and online abuse
from people I'd never met before, called me the N word asking me to
die, kill myself, exterminate all black people. And here is another
Londoner who's been targeted because of the colour of his skin. There are
people hurling abuse at me online thinking that there is a veil of
anonymity and thinking action won't be taken against them. Racial hate
crime went up 18% last year. Met figures show that 2-5% of offences
reported are carried out online. City Hall is concerned much Internet
abuse goes unreported. So the Mayor is setting up a police unit to
tackle it, the first of its kind. Millions of us are online these days
and an abusive message can be sent in seconds. This unit to target
online hate crime will comprise just five police officers, so there's a
limit to what they can achieve. Many people believe it's the big social
media companies that need to do more. Today bosses from Facebook and
Twitter came to a conference on hate crime at City Hall. The companies
insist they are trying to reduce abuse sent on their platforms and
are working with the police. But many campaigners want them to take
tougher action on those who spread hate online.
And I'll leave you with Elizabeth Rizzini for a check on the weather.
It might be the last week of April but it will feel very much as if we
are plunging back into winter. It was a nice day today. Lots of
sunshine around at first then as we headed through the afternoon, we had
thickening cloud and outbreaks of rain. That was a cold front. As you
would expect, behind that, there is much colder air.
It will be feeling much chillier and there'll be frosty nights as well,
gardeners take note. Tuesday and Wednesday, heavy showers, possibly
wintry over the higher ground. Then as we head towards the end of the
working week, temperatures will start to recover. Overnight, we've
got clear skies, temperatures falling away quickly.
The start of the day tomorrow, we'll have a widespread frost. You have to
be up early in the morning to see any of that frost. Lots of sunshine
around through the morning and the air feeling bracingly cold. Through
the afternoon, we are looking at heavy showers. We could get thunder
and hail from some of the showers, possibly a bit of sleep through the
tops of the Chilterns and over the Downs. Highs of 13. More showers but
also some brighter spells on Wednesday, still feeling cold. By
Thursday and Friday, it's cloudier but temperatures will start to pick
up once more. Over the weekend, temperatures will be back to where
they should be at this time of year. A dry start to the weekend but
because it's the Bank Holiday, of course, there'll be the threat of
some rain. More with the national some rain. More with the national