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Landslide For Dream Home

A 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 teetering on a cliff edge.

Dream home left teetering on a cliff edge by landslide

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

A 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 teetering on a cliff edge.

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

But just 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.

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