Family 'disgusted' as landslip victim's property left on show to public
THE FAMILY of Looe grandmother Susan Norman say they are disgusted that her belongings have been left on show among the ruins of her home in Sandplace Road.
The 68-year-old was killed as she slept after a landslide caused her home to collapse on March 22.
Nearly six months after the tragedy, her son Matthew Boden says the family cannot move on until the site has been cleared.
"We have to drive past the house every single day," he said.
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"All the tourists stop outside to have a good look. We just want it to be cleared so we can begin to move on."
"My mum would be absolutely horrified if she knew her belongings were on display for everyone to see."
Due to the investigation by the police and Health and Safety Executive the family have been unable to go onto the site to recover any of Mrs Norman's possessions.
"On the very first week the builders managed to get us some photo albums," Mr Boden said.
"Everything else is completely buried. We can't move on until the house is cleared.
"I told the police that if they don't get in there and clear the site I would get a group of friends together and we would do it ourselves. He advised me against it because it could ruin the evidence."
The site is surrounded by metal barriers but Mr Boden fears thieves may have broken in and taken some of his mother's belongings.
"There is an area that has been cleared but the police said they haven't been in there," he said.
"We think people may have been in and taken things. We didn't expect that to happen in Looe."
The 44-year-old said the whole family has been devastated by his mother's death.
"I haven't been able to sleep in my bed since it happened because I just think about the walls coming in.
"My younger sister has been affected the most. She was very dependent on my mum and she's struggling to hold it together.
"She keeps going down to the house to look at all of her things.
"She can see the urn which has the ashes of my mum's cat inside. She wants to go in to get it but I tell her she can't because it's not safe.
Mr Boden said he feels let down by the authorities.
"We have not been told anything about what is happening," he said.
"We are disgusted at how the whole thing has been handled.
"It just doesn't seem that anyone has any sense of urgency at all."
A joint investigation by the Police and the Health and Safety Executive is continuing.
A police spokesman said the site should be cleared next month.