Police investigated over welfare visit to Nicola Bulley days before she vanished

The police watchdog has launched an investigation into a welfare check on Nicola Bulley that was carried out days before she vanished.

A Lancashire Police officer was called to the mum’s home that she shared with her husband and two daughters on January 10.

The probe will look into the contact that the force had with the mortgage advisor on this day.

A huge search was later launched when Nicola went missing on the morning of January 27.

Following a three-week hunt, her body was found on the banks of the River Wyre.

Making the announcement today, an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) spokesman said: ‘Following a referral by Lancashire Constabulary on Thursday, we have started an independent investigation regarding contact the force had with Nicola Bulley on January 10 2023.

‘We were notified by the force that an officer attended the family home on that date as part of a welfare check.

‘Our thoughts are with Ms Bulley’s family and friends, and all of those affected by her death.

‘Our investigation is in its very early stages.’

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