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Tributes paid to Susan Norman following Looe landslip tragedy

By CGGayle  |  Posted: March 23, 2013

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Tributes paid to Susan Norman following Looe landslip tragedy

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Tributes have been paid to a woman who died after a landslide caused her home to collapse in the early hours of yesterday morning.

After hours of searching, the body of a woman, who has been named locally as Susan Norman, was discovered at a property on Sandplace road in Looe.

Cornwall Councillor for West Looe and Lansallos Edwina Hannaford said: "My condolences go to Susan's family and friends.

"This is a tragedy and the town is in shock.

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"Susan was a lovely, friendly and well liked lady who was a much valued volunteer."

Caroline Tremlett who lives on Sandplace Road, said Mrs Norman was a very popular woman with many friends in the area.

She said: "She was very pleasant lady.

"She knew a lot of people and was very popular."

Pior to the landslide many residents had raised concerns to Cornwall Council over the stability of the land, Mrs Tremlett said.

"It is such an unnecessary waste of life," she added.

Emergency services were called to the building at 5.40am yesterday morning following reports that a landslide at the rear of the property had caused it to partially collapse.

The search for Mrs Norman, who is believed to have been in her 60s, involved a specialist urban search and rescue team from Exeter as well fire and rescue teams from Looe, Bodmin, Lostwithiel and Launceston.

Today Mrs Hannaford paid tribute to the emergency services.

"I would like to thank the emergency services who worked tirelessly all day," she said.

She added: "The town demonstrated on Friday that it is a strong and resilient community with residents and businesses offering help and assistance, from emergency accommodation to refreshments.

"It's at times like these when Looe demonstrates its solidarity and strong sense of community."

A representative from Cornwall Council said: "The council is continuing to work with the emergency services and the Health and Safety Executive to carry out a thorough investigation into the cause of the landslip."

The A387 and B3253 into Looe remain closed and rail services to and from Looe have been suspended.

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