24/04/2017 London News


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cross-party moment to defeat pro-Brexit MPs in the election.

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Four drivers have admitted falling asleep while operating

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trams in Croydon where seven people were killed

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A BBC investigation has also discovered a failure with a safety

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device that wasn't reported to the regulator and three

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The tram operators said they were satisfied the controls

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were safe and that driver fatigue was monitored.

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A speeding tram. No emergency braking. The disaster here where

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seven people were killed, over 50 injured. Have you fallen asleep?

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Yeah. It's happened to me once in ten years. How many drivers do you

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think have fallen asleep in the cab? I would have to say most drivers

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have at some point in their careers. He's admitting what many would

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consider gross misconduct because of this. It's called the traction brake

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controller or TBC, the driving lever that powers the tram. Inside, the

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safety device known as the dead man's handle. This driver says when

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he fell asleep, it didn't work. Was there an alarm? No. Was there any

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emergency braking? No, none whatsoever. My hand remained on the

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TBC. That was enough to keep the dead man's handle from being

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activated. Why aren't drivers telling the operators what's going

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wrong? If we were to come forward and say, excuse me, I fell asleep, I

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think you would just be dismissed. Four drivers have told the BBC

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they'd fallen asleep in the cab. Send it off to TfL. They asked us to

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watch this footage again. A tram driver who appears to be asleep.

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There's no alarm, no emergency brakes. Is he going to stop the

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tram... He's in and out of the sleep. He's coming to and starting

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to doze and coming to and starting to doze. Why was there no alarm, why

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was there no braking? Well, because if he were to completely pass out,

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if he were to completely lose consciousness, he'd relax his grip.

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But it's OK just to slightly doze in and out like we saw on the footage?

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No, of course it's not all right. The company who operates the trams

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for TfL, tram operations Ltd says strive fatigue is monitored ant on

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the driver safety device says it's satisfied the controls are fully

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functional. We can also reveal at least three trams have been recorded

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speeding since the derailment. One was travelling at 60 kilometres per

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hour in a 50 zone. The operator told us it had increased speed checks

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since the crash. It's changed my life. He did everything for us...

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Still waiting for answers, the families of those who died. My

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daughters are just devastated. What is the one question you want

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answering? Why? Why? Investigators are trying to answer that question.

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To piece together a disaster that changed so many lives. Ed Thomas,

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BBC London News. Turning to the election; it's

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expected to be a tough fight There's been speculation

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the party is strategically targeting its resources by only

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fielding candidates where Like in Rainham, where our

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political correspondent It would be fair to say election

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fever's not kicked in at the working men's club yet. Here, they don't

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have a high opinion of politicians. This constituency was the most

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pro-Brexit in the capital. That is good because it should be out of the

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EU because they're trying to get people to pay out more money, people

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who haven't got money. Out of Europe definitely. We are paying all that

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money getting into it when that money could go to schools and

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hospitals. Are there signs this area could give Ukip a chance of their

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first London seat? You can see why Ukip might target this area, in the

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EU referendum this constituency voted 70-30 in favour of Brexit.

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Also, they came second here in the general election last time around.

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With Brexit already under way, could they have missed their chance? Not

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at all According To Peter Harris, runner-up here in 2015 and running

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again. This time we could do it. We have an MP that's backed remain, he

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backed Corbyn as well, nominated him for the leadership, and then we have

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an electorate here which voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU. The

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Tories too have high hopes here despite never having won this

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constituency. I say I've believed in Brexit all my adult life. If you

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want Brexit, you have to vote for Conservatives. This is the man

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they're aiming to topple winning in 2015. He's aware of the challenge,

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but keen to put issues other than Brexit at the front of the campaign.

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Health, school cuts in terms of the schools across the whole

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constituency, some of the infrastructure, housing issues, the

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real meat and potatoes of a real campaign that should be front and

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centre. It's a slight distraction Brexit but I take the point that a

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lot of people voted for Brexit. People will have to work hard to

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enthuse Chris and Brian if they want to get to Westminster.

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And talking tactical manoeuvres, Tolu Adayoye is here.

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Suggestions of Ukip withdrawing their candidate in Vauxhall?

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Paul Nuttall suggested yesterday they wouldn't go up against Kate

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Hoey Labour's current MP who's been there since 1989. She's got a huge

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majority there. But, during the run-up to the referendum, she was a

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leave campaigner which was obviously against what a lot of people voted

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for in Vauxhall. So Ukip could look to prop her votes up if it comes to

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it. For her part, she said she doesn't need the help of Ukip or

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anyone else. Meanwhile, the Lib Dems were in Vauxhall today. They say

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they are going to target that seat for that reason that people will

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vote wanting to remain and their MP wanted to leave. They even put out

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this leaflet saying essentially a vote for Kate Hoey was a vote for

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Ukip. Now, Vauxhall isn't the only place where these kind of

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discussions over whether to field candidates, so it will be

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interesting to see what happens over the coming days.

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The Metropolitan Police now has a dedicated unit

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It hopes to improve the force's response to internet abuse.

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Launching the hub today, the Mayor told us he's

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Here's our Home Affairs Correspondent Nick Beake.

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This lady is from Forest Gate in East London. She was invited to the

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European Parliament in France for a debate on refugees. Her views were

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forthright, calling for countries which once had empires to pay

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compensation. To pay reparations to the countries they previously

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colonised within the last 80 years. After that clip was posted, she

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received a barrage of abuse. A lot more controlling and online abuse

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from people I'd never met before, called me the N word asking me to

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die, kill myself, exterminate all black people. And here is another

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Londoner who's been targeted because of the colour of his skin. There are

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people hurling abuse at me online thinking that there is a veil of

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anonymity and thinking action won't be taken against them. Racial hate

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crime went up 18% last year. Met figures show that 2-5% of offences

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reported are carried out online. City Hall is concerned much Internet

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abuse goes unreported. So the Mayor is setting up a police unit to

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tackle it, the first of its kind. Millions of us are online these days

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and an abusive message can be sent in seconds. This unit to target

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online hate crime will comprise just five police officers, so there's a

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limit to what they can achieve. Many people believe it's the big social

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media companies that need to do more. Today bosses from Facebook and

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Twitter came to a conference on hate crime at City Hall. The companies

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insist they are trying to reduce abuse sent on their platforms and

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are working with the police. But many campaigners want them to take

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tougher action on those who spread hate online.

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And I'll leave you with Elizabeth Rizzini for a check on the weather.

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It might be the last week of April but it will feel very much as if we

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are plunging back into winter. It was a nice day today. Lots of

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sunshine around at first then as we headed through the afternoon, we had

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thickening cloud and outbreaks of rain. That was a cold front. As you

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would expect, behind that, there is much colder air.

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It will be feeling much chillier and there'll be frosty nights as well,

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gardeners take note. Tuesday and Wednesday, heavy showers, possibly

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wintry over the higher ground. Then as we head towards the end of the

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working week, temperatures will start to recover. Overnight, we've

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got clear skies, temperatures falling away quickly.

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The start of the day tomorrow, we'll have a widespread frost. You have to

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be up early in the morning to see any of that frost. Lots of sunshine

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around through the morning and the air feeling bracingly cold. Through

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the afternoon, we are looking at heavy showers. We could get thunder

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and hail from some of the showers, possibly a bit of sleep through the

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tops of the Chilterns and over the Downs. Highs of 13. More showers but

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also some brighter spells on Wednesday, still feeling cold. By

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Thursday and Friday, it's cloudier but temperatures will start to pick

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up once more. Over the weekend, temperatures will be back to where

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they should be at this time of year. A dry start to the weekend but

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because it's the Bank Holiday, of course, there'll be the threat of

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some rain. More with the national some rain. More with the national

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forecast now.

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