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Memorials marking Croydon tram derailment unveiled

The Croydon tram derailment happened exactly a year ago.

Victims of the Croydon tram derailment have been commemorated as two memorials were unveiled one year on from the tragedy.

Family and friends of the seven people who died also gathered for a ceremony, attended by Sadiq Khan, marking the occasion.

More than 50 people were injured along with the six men and woman who were killed when a tram derailed and fell to its side near Sandilands on November 9 last year.

Driver Alfred Dorris was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, while investigators later found the vehicle had been travelling 3.5 times the speed limit.

One memorial plinth was placed in a communal area of New Addington and another near to the crash site at Sandilands junction.

One of the new memorial plinths at Sandilands.

The Croydon derailment was the UK's worst tram incident since 11 people were killed in the Dover crash of 1917.

It was also the greatest rail accident loss of life in Britain since 10 people died near Selby in 2011.

Organisers revealed that the Sandilands memorial will have the names of the victims inscribed on it.

The seven victims of the crash were: Donald Collett, Philip Logan, Robert Huxley, Mark Smith, Dane Chinnery, Phil Seary and Dorota Rynkiewicz.

Many people were in attendance at the ceremony.

Croydon Council leader Tony Newman said: "Although almost a year has passed since the incident we still mourn those who died on that dreadful day.

"This ceremony gives all those affected a chance to think back, remember the people who were lost, and stand together - both with survivors and with the families of those who lost their lives."

A lawyer representing a number of the tram victims meanwhile has called on investigating authorities to finish their probe into the derailment "as swiftly as possible".

"This is a difficult time for the victims and their families, who continue to wait for the Police and RAIB to conclude their investigations into the cause of the incident," Trevor Sterling said.

"We call on all involved to complete their investigations as swiftly as possible and begin the process of acting upon the recommendations.

"We hope to see sensible dialogue amongst the relevant parties so that clear timelines can be produced on when changes to safety regulations will be made."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan spoke at the ceremony.