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Town holds extra minute's silence to remember victims of Croydon tram disaster

PUBLISHED: 11:42 11 November 2016

Workers at the site of the Croydon tram crash stand during a two minute silence to mark Armistice Day. Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Workers at the site of the Croydon tram crash stand during a two minute silence to mark Armistice Day. Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Six men and one woman died in Wednesday's tragedy

Floral tributes are laid close to the scene near the tram crash in Croydon. Steve Parsons/PA WireFloral tributes are laid close to the scene near the tram crash in Croydon. Steve Parsons/PA Wire

An extra minute’s silence has been held to remember the victims of the Croydon tram disaster.

Respects were paid to the six men and one woman who were killed in the tragedy during the town’s Armistice Day ceremony - held for those who have lost their lives in conflict.

Councillor Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon Borough Council, said it is “entirely fitting” that the ceremony was extended to allow for reflection of the awful events and the victims remembered.

“The events of Wednesday were desperately sad, and everybody in Croydon will have been affected by the news,” he added.

The tram driver, a 42-year-old man from Beckenham, was released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the crash on a bend as it travelled from New Addington to Wimbledon at 6.10am.

Investigators said the tram was travelling at a “significantly higher speed than is permitted” and are probing whether the driver had fallen asleep.

As the investigation into the deadly crash continues, fresh tributes have been paid to those killed.

Friends and family of Philip Seary, 57, who was named online as one of the dead, left messages of condolence to a “lovely gentle giant of a man”.

The Crystal Palace fan from New Addington, who was known as “Tank”, was reported to have been killed in Wednesday morning’s crash, along with five other men and a woman.

Graham and Holly Eves wrote on their joint Facebook page: “We lost one of the BEST!! The most kind, giving person we’ll ever have in our lives!! Rest in Paradise our friend & brother.. luv u to the Stars!!”

Heather Palmer added: “He was a truly lovely gentle giant of a man x one of the nicest people I ever knew x genuinely lovely x will be missed x RIP Tank and god bless you xx.”

Dane Chinnery, a 19-year-old Crystal Palace fan described as a “friendly, genuine lad”, was identified on Tuesday as among those killed.

More than 50 people were injured when the vehicle left the track during the morning rush hour.

British Transport Police said a Facebook post from last week which stated that a tram “lifted onto one side at 40mph” near the same location as the crash “will now form one of our lines of inquiry”.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched a witness appeal.

Anyone who was on the tram or has information relevant to the accident is asked to complete an incident report form on the RAIB’s website.

An interim report into what happened will be published by the RAIB next week, with a final report, including any safety recommendations, coming at the conclusion of the investigation.

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