British Transport Police

Families 'waiting too long' for Croydon tram crash answers

Croydon tram crash
PA

An MP has written to the head of British Transport Police to seek "long awaited answers" over the Croydon tram crash which killed seven people.

Another 62 people were injured, 19 seriously, on 9 November 2016.

Two-and-a-half years on from the crash, Croydon Central MP has expressed victims' families "growing frustration" at the pace of the criminal investigation.

The BTP say the investigation into the fatal crash is still ongoing.

In a letter to Chief Constable Paul Crowther, Ms Jones wrote: "Having met with constituents who lost family members in the tram crash, I know there is growing frustration with the long wait for answers.

"One family’s lawyer has branded this a 'national disgrace'. As you will know, until the result of the criminal investigation, no coroner’s inquest can take place."

Tube wi-fi switched off to deter protesters

London underground
BBC

Police have ordered Transport for London (TfL) to switch off wi-fi at Tube stations in an attempt to disrupt protesters threatening to "shut down London".

Extinction Rebellion protesters have been blocking traffic at Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Oxford Circus since Monday.

Supt Matt Allingham said extra officers would be on duty throughout the day, adding: "We will not tolerate any activity which disrupts the millions of passengers who rely on using the rail network in London.

"British Transport Police has taken the decision to restrict passenger Wi-Fi connectivity at Tube stations. This follows intelligence that Extinction Rebellion protesters intend to cause disruption to Tube services."

A TfL spokesperson said: “We’re working closely with the police to manage the impact of disruption to London’s transport network."