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Welcome to BBC London News
with me, Louisa Preston.
Families, survivors and emergency
workers all attended
a special service today,
a year on from the
Croydon tram crash.
A memorial was unveiled to remember
the seven people that died
when the tram overturned.
51 people were injured,
and as our transport correspondent
Tom Edwards reports,
the crash has had a lasting
impact on them and also
on the safety of tram travel.
They laid flowers to remember seven
south Londoners who a year ago
boarded a tram and didn't come home.
There has not been a minute of any
hour of any day in this last year
he has not been in our thoughts.
One family's suffering
shared by a community.
Bereaved families, survivors
and those who live in New Addington.
A year may have passed
but emotions are still raw.
Sometimes I cry and nobody
knows how to feel.
Two or three days before today
I have had a lot of flashbacks.
I had one this morning
like I was on the tram again.
Since that day I have
not been on a tram.
On a cold and drizzly morning I saw
some amazing people do some
truly courageous things.
A difficult day for the emergency
services, who a year ago battled
in horrendous conditions.
Everyone was working so hard
together to do the best
that we could for the people
on the tram.
A number of our staff
are members of this community.
They have worked for
the Ambulance Service for a number
of years and I think they have felt
the impact of that
as much as the people
who were directly involved.
I remember thinking to myself,
he's going a bit quick.
Matthew still doesn't remember
what happened in the crash.
He suffered a severe head injury.
It's been a tough 12 months.
I still suffer from a bit
of depression, memory loss.
I have trouble with remembering
things a lot, mood swings.
My wife has said.
He's not worked as
an HGV driver since.
He was on board the tram when it
overturned, travelling at 46 miles
an hour on the corner
where the speed limit was 13.
Unusually investigators have already
The report into this incident
is nearing completion.
As yet we still don't know why
the driver was speeding on this very
tight corner here.
The early indications
from the investigators
are that they will recommend some
kind of automatic mechanism
to prevent speeding and also
a system that will be able to detect
if the driver isn't
Since the crash it's emerged that
a number of drivers had fallen
asleep at the controls.
TfL has now installed this
equipment on all the trams.
It uses infrared to detect
if a driver is falling asleep.
Warning signs and further speed
restrictions are also now
in place on tight corners.
Solicitors say they want any more
recommendations to be
I think the detail will be important
for them to understand exactly
what happened and how it happened
and then the next step is to make
sure this never happens again.
The legacy from this has got to be
that this does not happen again.
As I've always said it's
important that trams
are treated more like trains
than they are like buses.
That's a key feature and I hope
those lessons have now been learned.
As that work continues,
this plinth and another to be
installed near the crash site
will be permanent memorials,
so those who died will
be always remembered.
Tom Edwards, BBC London News.
Jeremy Corbyn is calling
on the Prime Minster to fund
the retro-fitting of sprinklers
in all high rise social housing,
following the Grenfell Tower fire.
The Labour leader said the blaze
was an "avoidable tragedy"
and the government should invest
£1 billion to make
social housing safer.
Our political correspondent
Karl Mercer reports.
Croydon likes to show off what it's
doing in its tower blocks.
By the end of next spring,
1300 in 25 blocks over ten storeys
high will have had this
done to them.
Sprinklers are being retrofitted
into the old blocks.
As you can see,
it is newly fitted...
It's about reassuring residents.
But it comes with a £10
million price tag.
Croydon, like other
councils, Grenfell changed
On the first day we were looking
at our housing stock.
We decided the best way forward
was retrofitting sprinklers
in our tallest blocks.
The Labour Party today called
on the government to foot the bill,
£1 billion across the country.
We weren't able to ask
its leader a question,
he wouldn't do an interview,
but he did say this.
Retrofitting of sprinkler systems
is a basic demand but one that
will save lives if the government
decides to make it happen.
Grenfell was an avoidable tragedy.
It did not have to happen.
It would not have happened
if adequate precautions,
were in place.
Croydon has written to the
government twice asking for money,
and twice it has been told it
will not get any.
The government would not
be interviewed today,
but they said that nothing was more
important than keeping people safe.
They said they'd commissioned
a review of fire safety.
They went on to say that they had
been clear that where a local
authority has concerns about funding
essential fire safety measures,
they should contact us
as soon as possible
to discuss their position.
Croydon says it will foot
the bill for its sprinklers.
But other projects may
have to be sacrificed.
Karl Mercer, BBC London News.
The family of a woman from north
London, who is being held
in Iran, are demanding
that the Foreign Secretary travels
to the country to assure her safety.
It comes after Boris Johnson claimed
was there to teach journalists -
something her family denies.
His comments have now been used
in an Iranian state broadcast
about Nazanin's case.
Tolu Adeoye joins us with more.
What more can you tell us?
report aired yesterday on Iranians
state TV, it was seen by members of
Nazanin's family. It claims Boris
Johnson's comments last week
amounted to an unintended admission
of Hugill. She is serving a
five-year sentenced, allegedly
accused of trying to topple the
government. Her family has
maintained she was on holiday but
the report says Mr Johnson's
suggestion she was training
journalists had dealt a blow to that
claim. Mr Ratcliffe said this
broadcast increased the anxiety for
Watching the film and watching
their daughter being paraded
on Iranian TV as a spy,
and Boris Johnson revealed these
campaigners have been lying
and that's why they were so cross
is terrifying for them.
It's a roller-coaster of feeling,
goodness, where is this going to end
and the fear would be that now state
media is saying and has confirmed
that she will be in court next week
and goodness knows what happens.
Mr Johnson is currently in
Washington on Foreign Office
business. He has already admitted
that his comments could have been
clearer. He told MPs on Tuesday that
the UK Government has no doubt that
she was on holiday in Iran and he's
also told the Iranians Foreign
Minister there was no justifiable
basis for further legal action
against her. But clearly Mr
Ratcliffe does not feel that goes
far enough. He wants Mr Johnson to
go to Iran, meet the Foreign
Minister in person and do all he can
to get Nazanin home. He says he
wants his wife home for Christmas.
Thanks very much.
Hundreds of families living
in a south London tower block have
been left without heating and hot
water for nearly a week.
The gas supply for 360 homes
in Stockwell has been turned off
because of safety concerns,
as Sonja Jessup reports.
Even with the help of her electric
heater, Joyce is wearing
a coat inside her home.
She's had no gas supply
for nearly a week.
It's making life
very difficult here.
We have one resident
who is nearly 90.
On this floor alone
we have two young babies.
We need to be warm.
We are paying for this, we shouldn't
be in a state like this.
This is one of four tower blocks
in Stockwell with no communal
heating, around 360 homes.
The supply turned off
due to safety concerns
after a potential leak was found.
Residents say it's like
living in an icebox.
I have one-year-old twins and I'm
having to double up on blankets
and put the blow heater on all night
which costs a lot of money
but I don't want my kids
to get sick because of it.
Residents are advised to use
immersion heaters but many say
they cannot afford it.
Residents are frustrated
because they say two years ago
they were left without heating
and hot water for 11 days
after the boilers failed
and they stopped working again
one year later.
The housing association has
apologised and said its consulting
with residents about replacing
the heating system.
This is a very huge,
complicated process and we have good
to get this right but we are working
tirelessly and have been
for the past week to make sure
we bring the heating back on.
Today temporary boilers
have been installed.
Residents were told they would be
running by Saturday
but are worried about whether this
could happen again.
That's it for now from me,
so I'll say goodnight and hand
you over to Chris Fawkes
for the weather.
We're looking at cloudy conditions
to take us through the night. These
weather fronts to our north-west are
heading our way. They'll bring thick
cloud and by the Andrew night
threaten an occasional spit of light
rain or drizzle. There could be a
few mist patches for a time.
Overnight lows down to 4-7. Tomorrow
it's an improving weather picture.
There could be some patchy outbreaks
of rain to start off with, the
clouds will break up and we'll see
some sunshine. The chance of a bit
rain early in the morning. It clears
away quite nicely. Then comes the
sunshine. We will get plenty through
the afternoon but the winds turning
to a north-westerly direction. The
north-westerly winds, combined with
temperatures lower than today, it
will feel cooler. The afternoon high
about 11 Celsius. The weekend, some
rain around on Saturday but Sunday
and Monday, drier and brighter