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Family statement following death of woman in landslip

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.


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Landslide closes railway for several weeks

No trains until further notice Credit: GLYN BROCKLESBY

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

Charlotte Blackman's colleague pays tribute to 'wonderful woman'

Charlotte Blackman, 22, died after being buried by tonnes of rocks on a beach in Dorset.

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.

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