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A retired WPC from Chiswick bought a house at an auction which then started slipping onto the Torquay coast.

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Landslide house: Ex-police officer faces financial ruin

The house in Torquay was left teetering on a cliff edge. Credit: ITV News

The retired police officer is facing financial ruin after she bought her dream home in Torquay at auction just a week before a landslide left it on a cliff edge.

Sue Diamond made a telephone bid of £154,500 for the house in February 2010, without viewing it.

But eight days after the auction, a landslide left the 1930s house just 50 yards from a drop into the sea, and signalled the start of a lengthy legal battle.

Since then, she has been engaged in a legal war with the builder who sold it to her, Matthew Taylor, who has been reduced to living in a caravan while the dispute has dragged on.

For more on this story visit the ITV News Westcountry website.

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