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Looe landslip death follows stabilisation work

Work on a scheme to stabilise a slope in Looe was due to be completed this week but the work has been linked to the landslip that claimed the life of a woman when debris engulfed her property downslope from the site.

The body of Susan Norman was recovered from a house on Sandplace Road by Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service in the afternoon of Friday 22 March following a landslip originating from St Martins Hill behind the property left the building partially collapsed in the early hours.

The body was found after temporary work was carried out by specialist team from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service to support the partially collapsed house on Sandplace Road.

The incident follows a programme of work carried out by Cornwall County Council’s highway services provider Cormac Solutions to stabilise St Martins Lane after cracks appeared in the road surface at the end of last year.

Information about the scheme provided by CCC suggests that the work involved removal of slipped material and upgrading of retaining walls, with micropiling, rock anchoring and shotcreting deployed to stabilise the slope. Stabilisation work was due to be completed in early March and the final resurfacing was expected to be finished on 28 March.

Both roads have been closed following the landslip and rail services into Looe have also been suspended. It is understood that CCC’s engineers have spent the weekend surveying the area to assess the risk of further landslips.

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