POLICE searching for missing mum-of-two Nicola Bulley are scouring a pumping station close to where she was last seen.

Officers were this morning spotted exploring the site in the village of St Michael's on Wyre, Lancashire.

Nicola disappeared while walking her springer spaniel Willow after she dropped her two daughters – aged six and nine – at school on January 27.

Cops say their "main working hypothesis" remains that the mortgage adviser fell in the River Wyre during a "10-minute window" between 9.10am and 9.20am that day.

But with no sign of her body and calls from her family for nearby land to be "scrutinised", searches appear to have extended beyond the water.

Today, police are investigating a pumphouse about 1,300ft from the bench where Nicola's phone was found, still connected to a work call.


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And on Monday they combed a caravan site just yards away from the same spot.

Despite the development, Nicola's relatives and friends have raised "concerns" about the effectiveness of police searches so far.

Dive expert Peter Faulding, who is working closely with the family, told MailOnline: "There’s a feeling that there’s just a lack of imagination and willpower."

The search guru, who was drafted in to help find the mum, is now personally hunting for sites where someone could bury a body without being seen.

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He has compiled a list of ditches, woodlands and hedgerows close to where she vanished and plans to probe them next week if she isn't found before then.

Nicola's partner Paul Ansell previously said in an interview with Channel 5: "You cannot walk your dog down a river and just vanish into thin air. Something happened that day.

"My plea now is, personally, I want every house, every garage, every outbuilding, the land, scrutinised."

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