Neighbours pay tribute to ‘lovely lady’ who died after tragic cliff fall

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Neighbours have paid their respects to a ‘lovely lady’ who died after falling from cliffs in South Tyneside.

Susan Loughney, 58, from South Shields, was yesterday named by South Tyneside Coroner’s office as the woman who fell from the cliffs into the sea at Marsden just after 3.30pm on Sunday.

The death of Mrs Loughney, who lived in Westcott Road, South Shields, has shocked her former neighbours.

They say she was a mother of two who lived in the street for about 15 years.

She hadn’t been at the house in recent months

One resident said: “It was a big shock to hear what happened. She was a really lovely lady.
“She had lived on the street for around 16 years before she moved all of a sudden back in the summer.

“She was a proud grandmother who was always showing neighbours pictures of her grandchildren. We couldn’t believe it when we heard the news.”

On Sunday, emergency services were called to Marsden after concerns were raised over a woman who was on the wrong side of the barriers next to Marsden Grotto.

Police, fire and coastguard services attended and tried to speak to her, but she fell from the cliffs.

She was recovered from the water by Tynemouth RNLI’s crew, along with South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade (SSVLB), before being taken to South Shields ferry landing, where an ambulance was waiting.

Despite the efforts of paramedics, she was pronounced dead.

The death has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPPCS).

Following the news, South Tyneside residents took to Facebook to express their condolences.

Kirsty Pattison said: “My thoughts are with Susan’s family and friends during this time. 
“Absolutely tragic for everyone one involved. RIP Susan xxx”

Stacey Adamson said: “So sad. My thoughts are with the family and friends of Susan. May she RIP xx”

Siobhan Bell said: “Lovely lady.

“Sweet dreams sue hope you’ve found peace with the other angels xx”

Michelle Whale added: “So sad. Now safe in God’s arms.”

Vicky Chisholm said: “Sweet dreams Suzy xxx”

Nicola Kennedy added: “God bless her x”

Elisa Clark: “Absolutely devastating my heart goes out to her whole family and friends. Xxx”