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That's all from the BBC News at One,

so it's goodbye from me.

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Good afternoon and welcome to BBC

London News, I'm Sonja Jessup.

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The Mayor says last

year's Croydon Tram crash

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in which seven people were killed

was a "preventable accident".

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The final report by the Rail

Accident Investigation Branch has

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just been published.

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Sadiq Khan, who's currently

in the middle of a trade trip

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to Pakistan, has been speaking

to our Political

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Correspondent Karl Mercer.

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He asked him about a key finding

that there was a similar speeding

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incident just days earlier.

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I have met with the chief inspector

in charge of the RAIB report

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and he brought this to my attention.

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What is clear is that this has

happened before the main accident

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and all our thoughts and prayers go

to all the families

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of the seven who died.

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We have in our thoughts and prayers

all those who are still suffering

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the consequences of being injured

in that tram accident.

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But what is clear is no

action was taken when this

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complaint was made.

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The accident happened, tragically

people lost their lives and dozens

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were injured and only afterwards

was that complaint investigated.

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There are serious questions

which need to be answered.

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There is a separate

ORR investigation,

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there is a separate

investigation that TfL are doing

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and there is separately

a police investigation.

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I have made it clear to the TfL

board that the relevant

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committee needs to look

into the RAIB recommendations.

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We are already going over

and above what they said,

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but clearly there are lessons that

need to be learned.

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It is a bit late to be asking

committees and people

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to be looking into it.

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No, it is not because we have

got to make sure...

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People who lost their relatives

in that will say, hang on,

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there was a warning a week before,

my relatives died in

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the Croydon tram crash.

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TfL and the train company

did nothing about it.

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Surely people will have

to lose their jobs over

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that at the very least?

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We have got to be reassured that

nothing like this can happen again.

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That is why it does matter

in relation to looking

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into what the RAIB say.

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They did an interim report and they

were acted upon straightaway.

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TfL have gone over and above that.

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There are clearly questions

in relation to what happened

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to the complaint made and also

questions by the way about how trams

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operate generally and TfL have been

doing work with other tram operators

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around the UK and around

the world to see how they can

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improve tram safety.

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Seven people lost their lives

and should not have done so.

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People have been injured

and suffered life changing injuries

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because they should not

have done so.

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This was a preventable accident

and that is why it is important

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we take it seriously.

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There is a police investigation

and there could well be

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criminal prosecutions.

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We have to wait and see

what the decision is,

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but it is important that we get

to the bottom of this and it is

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important we learn lessons.

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I'm not going to pretend

it is not a tragedy,

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I am not going to pretend

it was not preventable.

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The Mayor Sadiq Khan

there speaking from Pakistan.

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Detectives investigating the murder

of a father and daughter in south

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London have revealed they both died

after being strangled.

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Noel and Marie Brown were discovered

in the early hours of Monday morning

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at his home in Deptford.

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Detective Superintendent Paul Monk

has been speaking to Victoria

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Hollins.

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I know Noel was last seen alive at

about 8pm on Thursday by a

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neighbour. Marie, concern for Noel,

went along to the address at midday

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on the 2nd of December. I am

appealing for anybody who saw

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anything unusual, anybody and usual,

in or around that time to get in

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touch with the police. I believe two

males may have gone to the address

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in the days leading up to the murder

and I am keen to hear from them.

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There had been speculation that Noel

was keen in the betting shops in the

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area and there is speculation that

his and his daughter's death may be

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related to those activities. Are you

pursuing that?

Noel was a well liked

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member of his community and used to

go to Paddy Power probably about 11

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o'clock every day. He did not go on

Friday. He used to bet small money.

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There is no suggestion that he was

involved in big betting whatsoever.

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What impact has this had on the

remaining family?

Their family is

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absolutely devastated, our thoughts

are with them at this difficult

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time. We have got special officers

with them. In one weekend Marie's

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daughters have lost their mum and

their grandad.

If anybody has got

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any information about what happened,

the police are very keen to hear

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from them. The number is on the

screen. You can also contact

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Crimestoppers.

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You can also contact Crimestoppers.

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Victoria Hollins reporting there.

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There are fears that vulnerable

women may not get the help they need

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because a project in Berkshire

is struggling to find

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funds to support them.

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Alana House in Reading is trying

to cope with a rising

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demand for its services,

but with less cash.

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Here's Nikki Mitchell.

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I had been in an abusive

relationship.

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Anita lost much of her hearing

when she was kicked in the head,

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one of many episodes of abuse

she suffered during her

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lengthy relationship

with a convicted criminal.

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The mind games were the worst

and I can only say for me that

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emotionally it was worse

than being hit because you

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think and you question

yourself, it is horrible.

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Of course it was like I was not

worthy, I was not anybody.

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I needed somebody to

talk to really badly.

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Because I had kept it

all in until I came to Alana House

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and I opened the door and I remember

I was in floods of tears

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and then I asked for help,

but it had to be gradual

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because so much had happened.

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It has been a painful journey,

but Anita is finally recovered

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enough to attempt to find work.

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This job skills course is one

of numerous group sessions

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and workshops held at Alana House.

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But most of the women

here need intensive,

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individual support as well

and the charity behind the community

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project is struggling to find enough

money to meet rising demand.

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We will do our best to make sure

we are not turning women

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away but quite honestly

it is looking very unsettled.

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Sometimes we cannot offer

them individual support

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or they are on a waiting list

for individual support.

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We do not like to do that,

but women are coming to us

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with needs that previously maybe

other agencies would have been able

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to support them with.

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Without us I just think

their situations would escalate.

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It is hard for my son

because he has seen so much.

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Where it affected my son I do not

want it to affect my grandson.

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That is why Alana House

believes abandoning these

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women is not an option.

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Turning one woman away could have

dire consequences for their children

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as well as themselves.

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The boss of the UK's fifth-largest

bank has said that the Brexit vote

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and changes to visa regulations

are making it increasingly

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difficult to recruit foreign

graduates to work in London.

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Bill Winters - the Chief Executive

of Standard Chartered Bank -

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told the BBC that some people no

longer regarded the capital

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as an attractive place to work.

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Now have you put your

Christmas tree up yet?

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It's 70 years since the first

Christmas tree was lit up

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in Trafalgar Square.

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It was donated by Norway

to the people of Britain

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for their help and support

during the Second World War.

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This year's tree is due to be

switched on in the Square tonight.

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Time for the weather now,

here's Elizabeth Rizzini.

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Good afternoon.

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It was a rather windy morning

with some rain and it

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still felt rather mild,

but as we head through this

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afternoon it will gradually turn

colder, and it should also brighten

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up as well.

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We'll see some sparkling winter

sunshine and a blue sky.

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Still a fairly brisk

wind, but temperatures

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will be dropping down.

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That's quite unusual, really.

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We'll end the day

between 7 and 9 Celsius.

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Overnight tonight, we're

going to get some very cold air

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sinking down from the north,

so it will turn mighty chilly.

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There will be a few

showers around as well.

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Some of those showers

could turn out to be wintry,

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particularly over the Chilterns

perhaps, up towards north-western

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areas of the capital.

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That's where we are most likely

to see some of these showers.

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A bit of sleet,

perhaps even some snow.

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We'll start the day

tomorrow on 2 or 3 Celsius.

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There may be some frost as well.

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It will still be quite windy.

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We've still got the wind-chill

tomorrow morning.

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Lots of sunshine around first thing,

but then we'll get this feed

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of showers, particularly up

towards north-western

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areas of the capital.

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That's where we are most likely

to see these wintry showers.

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A very cold feeling day with highs

of only between 3 and 5 degrees.

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Still feeling colder

on Saturday, too.

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There will be lots of sunshine

around, a brisk, cold

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north-westerly wind,

but it should be dry.

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On Sunday, we'll see a band of rain

spread in from the west,

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possibly a little bit

of snow, too.

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That's about it from me.

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Riz Lateef will be here

with our 6:30 evening programme.

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But for now, from us all,

a very good afternoon.

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