The family of a woman who died in a landslip in Cornwall have said it was a 'potentially avoidable tragedy'. The home of 68 year old Susan Norman from Looe collapsed following torrential rain on Friday.
Her family say the property's safety had been a concern of Susan's for some time and that contractors had been working on the property to support the retaining wall. The house is due to be demolished today.
Police searching for missing woman Susan Norman have found a body in her partially collapsed house in Looe.
The 68-year-old had not been seen since 6.50pm yesterday evening.
The body has not been identified or recovered at this time.
Inspector Graham Claybourn from Devon & Cornwall Police says they believe Susan Norman is inside the property:
A family friend of the woman missing after a house partially collapsed in Looe has told ITV News West Country that she was 68 years old.
Dave Holford says that Susan Norman had three children - a son and two daughters. He said they last heard from her at 6.50 pm last night when she texted to say she was tired after a long journey and was going to bed.
A landslide has demolished a railway track at Stainforth affecting services between Doncaster and Goole/Hull and Scunthorpe/Cleethorpes. It will be closed until futher notice.
Network Rail say the landslide is still moving and it's too dangerous for engineers to start work on. Initial estimates are that the line will be shuft for about eight weeks from the point when the land stops moving. An amended train and bus timetable is now in operation.
Nick Donovan, FTPE Managing Director said:
"It is clearly major disruption and I want to assure passengers that we are doing everything within our power to make journeys as stress free as possible and return the line to normal service as quickly and safely as possible.
"We have relaxed ticket restrictions, produced an amended train and bus timetable and deployed additional management staff to stations. We are advising customers to check the details of their journey before they travel here
The funeral of 22-year-old Derbyshire woman Charlotte Blackman, who died following a landslide in Dorset took place today.
She was killed last month when 400 tons of rock collapsed during a landslide on a Dorset beach.
Charlotte Blackman was a volunteer with Derbyshire Autism Services Group, where she worked one-to-one with people with autism, including children, and help to give their families a break.
The group's manager, Margaret Reeve, paid tribute to Miss Blackman today and said she was a "wonderful, wonderful young woman".
"She was a very genuine person, very warm, very funny, and had a great deal of time for people. She was a very good volunteer," she added.
The Coroner has opened and adjourned the inquest into the death of Charlotte Anne Blackman, the 22-year-old from Derbyshire who was killed when part of a 160ft-high cliff collapsed in Dorset.