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The seven crash victims

Driver involved in 2016 Croydon tram crash will not face prosecution

The driver of the tram, Alfred Borris, 42, will not be prosecuted says the Crown Prosecution Service since the available evidence “does not support a prosecution”.

The crash resulted in the death of seven people.

The tram was travelling at close to four times the line’s speed limit before it overturned.

Sixty-nine people were on board; 61 were injured.

Corporate manslaughter charges will be pressed against TfL or the operator Tram Operations Ltd. 

Knife attacks in Lewisham leave three men wounded 

Three men were wounded last week in three knife attacks in Lewisham.

Emergency services were called to Campshill Road just before 6pm on Thursday where they found a wounded 19-year-old. 

Another ambulance was dispatched to Lewisham Park around the same time; a 23-year-old man was found at the crime scene with stab wounds.

A 20-year-old was later brought to a South London hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening knife injuries. 

Three men were at the hospital for “on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon”. 

A spokesman for the Met Police said: “At this early stage officers believe the stabbings were part of the same incident in a car park in Harvard Road, “ before adding that several cars had been seized by the police as evidence. 

Hackney independent bookshop re-locates to canal boat 

Telling Tales, a Hackney independent bookstore that specializes in illustrated children books, has moved to a canal boat. 

The new venue, which was inaugurated earlier this month, plans to meander through London’s canals, including Regents Cana, Paddington Arm, Limehous Cut and Lea Navigation. 

The shop could even travel further to Bath or Bristol. 

Former Tower Hamlets councillor could face jail over housing fraud

Muhammad Harun, 49, is in the midst of a decade-long housing fraud scandal estimated to have cost Tower Hamlets council £125,000. 

The ex-councillor admitted to possessing a property in the borough and another in Barking despite being on the social housing list.

Harun admitted two offences of housing fraud last month and was told by a judge last week there were “no promises” he will be spared jail next month.

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