Search operation for missing Nicola Bulley moves to the coast – as police crack down on nuisance groups in her home village

The search for missing mother-of-two Nicola Bulley has been moved to the coastline nearly two weeks after her disappearance.

Two boats with specialist police teams have been searching in the sea at Morecambe Bay, before heading upstream on either side of the River Wyre.

The 45-year-old went missing while walking her dog in St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire, on Friday 27 January.

On Wednesday, he told reporters that he believes it is “unlikely” that she has been swept out to sea, adding: “My personal view is that I think it is a long way to go in a tidal river.”

‘Grossly offensive’ comments being made online

Police have said they are looking into a number of “grossly offensive” comments being made online and may take action if appropriate.

The force also warned that it dispersed people from outside the local area who had been found filming close to properties.

A 48-hour dispersal order is now in place, with “a number of people warned about their behaviour”.

“We hope that will give people some reassurance that we will not tolerate criminality, including trespass and criminal damage,” police said.

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Nicola’s partner visits the scene

It comes as Ms Bulley’s partner visited the place where police believe she fell into the River Wyre.

Paul Ansell spent 10 minutes on Wednesday along the riverbank near the bench where the 45-year-old’s phone was found, still connected to a work Teams call.

The lead and harness for Willow, her springer spaniel dog, were found on or close to the bench.

Mr Ansell spoke to Mr Faulding at the scene.

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