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That's all from the BBC News at One,
so it's goodbye from me.
Good afternoon and welcome to BBC
London News, I'm Sonja Jessup.
The Mayor says last
year's Croydon Tram crash
in which seven people were killed
was a "preventable accident".
The final report by the Rail
Accident Investigation Branch has
just been published.
Sadiq Khan, who's currently
in the middle of a trade trip
to Pakistan, has been speaking
to our Political
Correspondent Karl Mercer.
He asked him about a key finding
that there was a similar speeding
incident just days earlier.
I have met with the chief inspector
in charge of the RAIB report
and he brought this to my attention.
What is clear is that this has
happened before the main accident
and all our thoughts and prayers go
to all the families
of the seven who died.
We have in our thoughts and prayers
all those who are still suffering
the consequences of being injured
in that tram accident.
But what is clear is no
action was taken when this
complaint was made.
The accident happened, tragically
people lost their lives and dozens
were injured and only afterwards
was that complaint investigated.
There are serious questions
which need to be answered.
There is a separate
there is a separate
investigation that TfL are doing
and there is separately
a police investigation.
I have made it clear to the TfL
board that the relevant
committee needs to look
into the RAIB recommendations.
We are already going over
and above what they said,
but clearly there are lessons that
need to be learned.
It is a bit late to be asking
committees and people
to be looking into it.
No, it is not because we have
got to make sure...
People who lost their relatives
in that will say, hang on,
there was a warning a week before,
my relatives died in
the Croydon tram crash.
TfL and the train company
did nothing about it.
Surely people will have
to lose their jobs over
that at the very least?
We have got to be reassured that
nothing like this can happen again.
That is why it does matter
in relation to looking
into what the RAIB say.
They did an interim report and they
were acted upon straightaway.
TfL have gone over and above that.
There are clearly questions
in relation to what happened
to the complaint made and also
questions by the way about how trams
operate generally and TfL have been
doing work with other tram operators
around the UK and around
the world to see how they can
improve tram safety.
Seven people lost their lives
and should not have done so.
People have been injured
and suffered life changing injuries
because they should not
have done so.
This was a preventable accident
and that is why it is important
we take it seriously.
There is a police investigation
and there could well be
We have to wait and see
what the decision is,
but it is important that we get
to the bottom of this and it is
important we learn lessons.
I'm not going to pretend
it is not a tragedy,
I am not going to pretend
it was not preventable.
The Mayor Sadiq Khan
there speaking from Pakistan.
Detectives investigating the murder
of a father and daughter in south
London have revealed they both died
after being strangled.
Noel and Marie Brown were discovered
in the early hours of Monday morning
at his home in Deptford.
Detective Superintendent Paul Monk
has been speaking to Victoria
I know Noel was last seen alive at
about 8pm on Thursday by a
neighbour. Marie, concern for Noel,
went along to the address at midday
on the 2nd of December. I am
appealing for anybody who saw
anything unusual, anybody and usual,
in or around that time to get in
touch with the police. I believe two
males may have gone to the address
in the days leading up to the murder
and I am keen to hear from them.
There had been speculation that Noel
was keen in the betting shops in the
area and there is speculation that
his and his daughter's death may be
related to those activities. Are you
Noel was a well liked
member of his community and used to
go to Paddy Power probably about 11
o'clock every day. He did not go on
Friday. He used to bet small money.
There is no suggestion that he was
involved in big betting whatsoever.
What impact has this had on the
Their family is
absolutely devastated, our thoughts
are with them at this difficult
time. We have got special officers
with them. In one weekend Marie's
daughters have lost their mum and
If anybody has got
any information about what happened,
the police are very keen to hear
from them. The number is on the
screen. You can also contact
You can also contact Crimestoppers.
Victoria Hollins reporting there.
There are fears that vulnerable
women may not get the help they need
because a project in Berkshire
is struggling to find
funds to support them.
Alana House in Reading is trying
to cope with a rising
demand for its services,
but with less cash.
Here's Nikki Mitchell.
I had been in an abusive
Anita lost much of her hearing
when she was kicked in the head,
one of many episodes of abuse
she suffered during her
with a convicted criminal.
The mind games were the worst
and I can only say for me that
emotionally it was worse
than being hit because you
think and you question
yourself, it is horrible.
Of course it was like I was not
worthy, I was not anybody.
I needed somebody to
talk to really badly.
Because I had kept it
all in until I came to Alana House
and I opened the door and I remember
I was in floods of tears
and then I asked for help,
but it had to be gradual
because so much had happened.
It has been a painful journey,
but Anita is finally recovered
enough to attempt to find work.
This job skills course is one
of numerous group sessions
and workshops held at Alana House.
But most of the women
here need intensive,
individual support as well
and the charity behind the community
project is struggling to find enough
money to meet rising demand.
We will do our best to make sure
we are not turning women
away but quite honestly
it is looking very unsettled.
Sometimes we cannot offer
them individual support
or they are on a waiting list
for individual support.
We do not like to do that,
but women are coming to us
with needs that previously maybe
other agencies would have been able
to support them with.
Without us I just think
their situations would escalate.
It is hard for my son
because he has seen so much.
Where it affected my son I do not
want it to affect my grandson.
That is why Alana House
believes abandoning these
women is not an option.
Turning one woman away could have
dire consequences for their children
as well as themselves.
The boss of the UK's fifth-largest
bank has said that the Brexit vote
and changes to visa regulations
are making it increasingly
difficult to recruit foreign
graduates to work in London.
Bill Winters - the Chief Executive
of Standard Chartered Bank -
told the BBC that some people no
longer regarded the capital
as an attractive place to work.
Now have you put your
Christmas tree up yet?
It's 70 years since the first
Christmas tree was lit up
in Trafalgar Square.
It was donated by Norway
to the people of Britain
for their help and support
during the Second World War.
This year's tree is due to be
switched on in the Square tonight.
Time for the weather now,
here's Elizabeth Rizzini.
It was a rather windy morning
with some rain and it
still felt rather mild,
but as we head through this
afternoon it will gradually turn
colder, and it should also brighten
up as well.
We'll see some sparkling winter
sunshine and a blue sky.
Still a fairly brisk
wind, but temperatures
will be dropping down.
That's quite unusual, really.
We'll end the day
between 7 and 9 Celsius.
Overnight tonight, we're
going to get some very cold air
sinking down from the north,
so it will turn mighty chilly.
There will be a few
showers around as well.
Some of those showers
could turn out to be wintry,
particularly over the Chilterns
perhaps, up towards north-western
areas of the capital.
That's where we are most likely
to see some of these showers.
A bit of sleet,
perhaps even some snow.
We'll start the day
tomorrow on 2 or 3 Celsius.
There may be some frost as well.
It will still be quite windy.
We've still got the wind-chill
Lots of sunshine around first thing,
but then we'll get this feed
of showers, particularly up
areas of the capital.
That's where we are most likely
to see these wintry showers.
A very cold feeling day with highs
of only between 3 and 5 degrees.
Still feeling colder
on Saturday, too.
There will be lots of sunshine
around, a brisk, cold
but it should be dry.
On Sunday, we'll see a band of rain
spread in from the west,
possibly a little bit
of snow, too.
That's about it from me.
Riz Lateef will be here
with our 6:30 evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.