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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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

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