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Thursday, 31 October 2019

The driver of a tram that crashed in Croydon will not be prosecuted.


Seven people died and more than 60 were injured after the tram derailed near Sandilands stop in November 2016.

The driver, who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, will not face any action due to insufficient evidence.

No corporate manslaughter charges will be brought against Tram Operations Limited and Transport for London either.

British Transport Police says the victims’ families have been informed.

Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson, who led the BTP investigation, said:

“For the past three years, my team have been working to uncover exactly what happened on the morning of the 9th of November 2016.

“This has involved simulating the circumstances of the derailment, speaking with hundreds of witnesses and collecting thousands of individual pieces of evidence. It has been a complex investigation undertaken by the Force.

“We know that this latest update may not be the news that many, including the family members who lost loved ones, had hoped for. But we are satisfied that every scrap of possible evidence has been scrutinised and, after lengthy consultation with the CPS, it has been concluded that the threshold to bring charges of manslaughter against the tram driver, TfL and Tram Operations Ltd, have not been met.

“Since November 2016, we’ve been working alongside the Office of Rail and Road who continue investigate whether Health and Safety legislation was breached during this incident. We will also work with HM Coroner to begin the process of preparing for the inquests of the seven people who lost their lives.

“Those seven men and women, along with their loved ones, and every person affected by the events on that morning, are very much still at the forefront of our minds.”

Jenny Hopkins, Head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said:


“The Croydon tram crash has had a devastating effect on the local community, especially the families and friends of the seven people who so tragically lost their lives.

“The CPS has carefully reviewed all the available material in this case in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and concluded that the evidence does not support a prosecution of the driver for the offence of gross negligence manslaughter. We considered other criminal offences but the evidence did not support a prosecution.

“We fully recognise the impact this decision will have on families who have lost their loved ones and we have offered to meet with them to explain our reasons in full. Our thoughts remain with everybody affected by this tragedy.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:30 pm  

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