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Croydon Council start tram crowdfunding page

Severe accident: A203 London both ways

BBC Travel

A203 London both ways severe accident, between A3 Clapham Road and Landor Road.

A203 London - A203 Stockwell Road in Stockwell closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Stockwell Station and the Landor Road junction, because of a serious accident. Diversion in operation - bus routes 2,196,322,333,345 affected.

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Severe accident: A406 Greater London eastbound

BBC Travel

A406 Greater London eastbound severe accident, between B550 Colney Hatch Lane and A109 Bounds Green Road affecting A1000 High Road.

A406 Greater London - Slow traffic on A406 Pinkham Way North Circular Road eastbound in Southgate between Colney Hatch Interchange and the A109 Bounds Green Road junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to the A1000 High Road junction.

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Severe accident: A316 Greater London southbound

BBC Travel

A316 Greater London southbound severe accident, at A305 Twickenham Road.

A316 Greater London - A316 Great Chertsey Road in Twickenham entry slip road closed southbound at Apex Corner, because of an accident.

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Watch: Leonard Cohen was an "inspiration" - the Webb Sisters

Hattie and Charley Webb, who toured with Leonard Cohen for six years, have paid tribute to the singer, following his death at the age of 82.

The sisters, speaking from south London, also featured on five of his albums.

Webb Sisters
David Fitzpatrick

National League side Torquay United sign winger David Fitzpatrick on a 28-day loan deal from AFC Wimbledon.

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Gloucester Road Croydon

A man dies and three others are injured after reports of several stabbings in Croydon on Halloween night.

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Matthew Baker

A woman is charged with assisting an offender after an inmate who escaped from Pentonville prison was recaptured.

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Watch: London bakers create gingerbread mansion

Gingerbread house of Waddesdon Manor unveiled

Severe disruption: A214 London both ways

BBC Travel

A214 London both ways severe disruption, at Jasper Road affecting A212 Westow Street.

A214 London - A214 Westow Hill in Crystal Palace closed in both directions at the Jasper Road junction, because of a broken down scaffold lorry. Diversion in operation - Bus routes 249,417,432,450 affected. Congestion on A212 Church Road to White Hart Traffic Lights.

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Police commander pays tribute to the community of Croydon

Message from Gold Commander DCC Adrian Hanstock about the Croydon Tram crash:

“When we first took a call about an incident involving a tram in Croydon on Wednesday morning, none of us could have anticipated the scale of the tragedy and extent of the scene of devastation that lay ahead.

“Police officers and members of the emergency services who were first on scene were met with more than 50 injured people – and, as we know now, encountered seven people who sadly lost their lives following this tragic incident.

“We are supporting the coroner in her formal arrangements to identify the victims as soon as possible. We have specially trained officers supporting their families and loved ones, helping them through what could be a lengthy inquest process.

“I want to pay tribute to the community of Croydon who have shown incredible strength and resilience during this difficult time, as well as every single member of the emergency services and other agencies who have helped throughout.

"Since Wednesday, scores of police officers, paramedics, firefighters, safety experts and others have worked through the day and night.  The hospitals provided outstanding treatment and care to more than 50 injured people; local businesses and residents provided emergency workers with support, food and drink; Croydon Council opened its doors to the community; and charities, including the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Railway Chaplains, came to offer their support.

“This has been a challenging and difficult week for everyone in Croydon – not least for those directly affected and the local community – I want to thank everyone for their continued patience while we fully investigate the circumstances of what happened.

“We expect the tram to be removed from the site during the next 24 hours and would ask that the families are given the time and space they need to grieve.”

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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew tells the Premier League Show's Gary Lineker where he thinks Newcastle went wrong, and shares his hopes of a top ten finish for the Eagles
Jermaine Jenas' in depth interview with Mauricio Pochettino
Premier League Show's Jermaine Jenas meets Mauricio Pochettino to discuss Spurs' re-emergence as a Premier League force.

Watch: Mayor of Croydon speaks after minute silence for tram crash victims

Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, Mayor of Croydon

Investigation could take many months

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

The Rail Accident Investigation Bureau (RAIB) is now calling for passengers to come forward if they think they have information relevant to its inquiry.

A crane is raised into position at the scene near the tram crash in Croyd

It has already said that the reason for the crash was excessive speed on a sharp left hand corner, but it is trying to find out why the tram was going so fast.

Was this a technical issue that could be rectified?

The preliminary report next week will set out how the full investigation will continue. That process will take many months.

But if there are any urgent safety recommendations for the operation of trams it will release them straight away.

The report is technical and it will not apportion blame or liability. 

It looks as though the tram may be moved today and it will probably go to the RAIB base in Farnborough for further examination.

'The last couple of days have just felt like a nightmare'

Mark Smith's cousin Tom Smith wrote on Facebook: "Still cannot believe this is true, the last couple of days have just felt like a nightmare that I'm gonna wake up from. 

"Not only were you my cousin but literally my best friend. The thought that we are all never gonna see you or hear from you again makes me feel sick. 

 "We are all in bits and I just wish you could walk back into your home with that smile on your face and make everyone laugh."

Another friend, Rich Padley, posted on Facebook: "Trying to find the right words to say in light of the tragic events that happened on Wednesday morning, Marky was one of the nicest guys I've ever met in the car scene, and always made time for anyone. 

 "RIP dude, the world's a sadder place without you that's for sure, my heart goes out to your loved ones that you've left behind."

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Chelsea are punishing John Mikel Obi for playing for Nigeria at the Rio Olympics, says the country's coach Gernot Rohr.

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Watch: Silence in Croydon for victims of tram derailment

An extra minute of silence was held after the two minute silence for Armistice Day

Dorota Rynkiewicz named as fourth Croydon tram crash victim

Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, from New Addington, south London, has also been revealed as a victim of Wednesday's Croydon tram derailment.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK where she worked said: "We are deeply saddened by Dorota's tragic death. 

"We have offered our heartfelt condolences to her family and we are doing all we can to support them at this difficult time."

Witness appeal over tram derailment

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has appealed for people with information about the Croydon derailment to come forward and to give them the details online.

It also said it will publish an interim report next week.

Third Croydon tram crash victim named as Mark Smith

Mark Smith has also been confirmed as a victim of Croydon tram derailment.

The 35-year-old from Croydon was engaged to Inde Novikovaite and had a young 18-month-old son called Lukas.

Mark Smith (l) and Osvaldas Novikovas
Osvaldas Novikovas

Inde's brother Osvaldas Novikovas said: 

My sister been crushed into million pieces for the last few days. 

All I can say is he was a wonderful husband, an amazing brother, amazing son to his parents. 

He was the most kind person on this planet. 

He added: “He supported his family, his fiance and their baby that’s 18-months-old. 

“He was working hard and did everything to make his family happy. Everything he did was for his family. 

When my son died three years ago he supported me every step. He was just such an amazing person. 

“He will always stay in our hearts and our minds and we will never forget him. 

“All the memories of him is kept safe in our hearts, and all the memories are good memories because he never did anything to hurt someone or upset anyone. 

“I know he’s up there looking after us and I know he’s in a good place because his heart was pure good."

Second victim of the Croydon Tram derailment named as Phil Seary

Phil Seary has been named as the second victim of the Croydon Tram derailment.

In a statement his family said: "We as a family are in shock, completely heartbroken and utterly devastated. 

Phil Seary
Phil Seary's family

"We have lost a much loved wonderful son, faithful husband and a loving and doting father and grandfather.

"Everyone that knew him he was a gentle giant with a heart to match. He was a devoted Crystal Palace fan and we'll known locally. 

"He will be immensely missed by all that had the great fortune to know him."

Croydon tram

Industry experts say trams remain one of the safest modes of transport and advise against "panicking" by hastily imposing new precautions.

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Watch: Two minute silence observed in London

Armistice Day marked in the capital

Watch: Armistice Day remembrance in Croydon and tram victims mourned

We have a new Lord Mayor of London

Vanessa Feltz

BBC Radio London presenter

 London has a new Lord Mayor of London.

Andrew Parmley is the 689th one and he spoke to Vanessa Feltz on BBC London Radio.  


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Some of the sports stars who got involved in last year's event at BBC Sports Personality of the Year
BBC Sport

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Why not give them a chance to get a call from their sporting hero from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year red carpet?

The #BigThankYou is Britain's biggest celebration of sports volunteers and recognises the thousands of unsung heroes who give up their time to work tirelessly so others can enjoy many sport and fitness activities.  

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Suspect sought after string of sex assaults on north London buses

Met Police

A photo has been released of a man police would like to speak to regarding a series of sex assaults on buses across Brent, Haringey and Enfield.

The suspect was last seen in Park Royal in September and it is thought he could now be in Dublin.

The first incident happened on 11 March on a route 341 bus where he "touched" a 34-year-old woman on her leg.

The next alleged assault happened on 2 July at about 02:00 on a N18 bus when the suspect touched a 27-year-old woman as she nodded off.

Other alleged incidents happened on  a 226 bus across Brent between 17 July and 21 September.

He is described as being of Middle Eastern appearance, 30 to 35-years-old and about 5ft 7in.

Severe accident: A4 London eastbound

BBC Travel

A4 London eastbound severe accident, at Park Lane affecting Mount Street.

A4 London - Queuing traffic on A4 Hyde Park Corner eastbound in Hyde Park at the Park Lane junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on Park Lane to the Mount Street junction and on Grosvenor Place to Victoria Station.

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Severe accident: London westbound

BBC Travel

London westbound severe accident, at A202 Wilton Road.

London - Bridge Place in Victoria blocked westbound at the A202 Wilton Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - left into Wilton Road towards Pimlico.

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Watch: Friday morning's headlines from BBC London News

Sonja Jessup brings you the latest

Woman charged in conection with Pentonville prison escape

A woman has been charged with assisting an offender after an inmate who escaped from Pentonville prison was recaptured. 

Matthew Baker
Met Police

Kelly Baker, 21, of Ilford, east London, will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Friday. 

She was arrested on Wednesday night as Matthew Baker, 28, was apprehended after three days on the run. 

 He escaped from the north London jail alongside James Whitlock, 31, who is still being sought by police. 

 A 33-year-old man who was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released on bail. Scotland Yard added that on Thursday officers arrested a second woman, aged 24, at an address in Bow, east London, on suspicion of assisting an offender. 

 She is currently in custody at an east London police station. 

Watch: The scene at Sandilands tram stop

Extra minute's silence to remember the tram crash victims

As well as the traditional two minute silence to mark Armistice Day at the Croydon cenotaph, there will be an additional minute to remember the victims of Wednesday's accident. 

A member of the public lays flowers at scene where a tram derailed in Croydon

At 11:00 Prince Harry will lay a wreath at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and lead the nation in silence to remember those who have died in conflict.

Derailed Croydon tram 'to be removed from site'

A crane and a low-loader are standing by to lift and remove the tram that overturned in Croydon on Wednesday, killing seven people.

Workers at the site
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It has emerged Transport for London received concerns in writing several months ago about a potential accident on the curve at Sandilands where the tram derailed.

Police have confirmed six men and one woman died in the crash which also injured more than 50 people.  

One victim of the crash has been named as 19-year-old Dane Chinnery, who was described as "a beautiful lad".  

Today's weather: A bright day

BBC Weather

Any fog patches should gradually lift to leave a fine day with some bright or sunny spells.

Through the afternoon, cloud will tend to increase but it will remain dry throughout. 

Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).

BBC London weather on 11 November 2016

Travel update: Thameslink reduced service

BBC Travel

Thameslink have a severely reduced service running this morning. The line between St Pancras and City Thameslink has reopened following overhead line problems that started on Tuesday.

And following the derailment there is still no service on the trams from East Croydon to Addington Village, Harrington Road or Elmers End. A limited service is running on the rest of the network. 

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