Looe house collapse

Police searching for missing woman Susan Norman have found a body in her partially collapsed house in Looe.

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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.

Landslip death was "potentially avoidable" say family

The family of a woman who died in a landslip in Cornwall say 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.

Read the full statement below:

As you imagine the mood is rather numbing for Susan's family and friends at this sad time.

We will get to the bottom of this potentially avoidable tragedy

The property's safety has been a concern of Susan's for some time as there have been two recent slips very close to house.

The wall directly behind the house has been showing signs of stress after the recent adverse weather conditions and flow of water from St Martin's Hill

Contractors were working on the property to support the retaining wall.

This work was taking place while Susan was away visiting family.

We also understand that other residents have voiced their concerns about the safety of the area prior to this tragedy.

Any information regarding this would be gratefully accepted.

We have been assisting various agencies with their inquiries and thank them for all their hard work. We would also like to thank the people of Looe and all the emergency services for all their hard work.

The family wish to be left alone at this time to grieve.

– The family of Susan Norman

"The town is in shock" after woman dies in Landslip

The body of a woman believed to be Susan Norman was found yesterday Credit: ITV News West Country

Cornwall Councillor Edwina Hannaford says the town of Looe is "in shock" after a woman was killed in a landslip.

The home of Susan Norman collapsed following torrential rain overnight. Councillor Hannaford said "Susan was a lovely, friendly and well liked lady who was a much valued volunteer."

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Body found in partially collapsed house: full report

A body has been found in what remains of a house in Cornwall after it collapsed during torrential rain overnight following a major landslip.

The area around the home in Sandplace Road in Looe has been sealed off all day. Sniffer dogs were called in and this afternoon members of the emergency services found the body of what's believed to be Susan Norman inside.

Residents nearby are angry tonight as they say they've warned Cornwall Council on a number of occasions about the threat of landslips behind their homes.

Our Cornwall Correspondent Steve Hardy reports:

Missing Looe woman was last heard from at 6.50pm

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.

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