Fresh tributes paid to victims of Croydon tram disaster

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Fresh tributes have been paid to victims of the Croydon tram disaster as the investigation into the deadly crash continues.

Friends and family of Philip Seary, 57, who was named online as one of the seven people killed in the tragedy, 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.

(Steve Parsons/PA)
(Steve Parsons/PA)

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."

(Steve Parsons/PA)
(Steve Parsons/PA)

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

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.

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(RAIB/PA)

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

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