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Cornwall Council slammed following landslip death

Susan Norman died when her home in Looe was hit by a landslide Credit: Family photo

Cornwall Council has been slammed by a jury following the death of a 68-year-old woman who died when her house was hit by a landslide in Looe.

Susan Norman died when her home was destroyed by earth and rubble during the landslip in March 2013.

Following her inquest, which lasted three weeks, the jury concluded that Cornwall Council:

  • Should have known the risk to life
  • Did not listen to regular complaints from residents
  • Did not respond to an independent report
  • Failed to control surface water


Woman rescued by RNLI for THIRD time

A woman has been given what's been called a 'comprehensive safety briefing' after she had to be rescued three times by the RNLI in just four days.

The incidents happened in Looe last week. She'd been cut off by the tide and after the third occasion, was taken to the lifeboat station for a talk.

The key message there was they had forgotten the tides. They had no real appreciation of the tides and the fact it was coming up in such a direct location.

I'm just trying to get people to look at the tide table and look at the weather check the weather forecast.

– Dr Jasper Graham-Jones, Community Safety Officer, RNLI


Fatal coach crash driver shouted 'brakes have failed'

Passengers on a coach which crashed in Cornwall killing two elderly women said they heard the driver shout that its brakes had failed.

The driver Martin Chun is on trial at Truro Crown Court accused of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Carol Muldoon

The coach crashed on a steep bend near Looe in May 2013. Two passengers died, Margaret Luxton and Carol Muldoon.

Statements were read to the court from passengers who said they heard Chun shout that his brakes had failed.

Margaret Luxton

A motorist coming the other way said he saw the coach on his side of the road and thought 'What the hell is going on.'

The trial continues.

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