Lancashire Police issued a dispersal order around 8.40pm yesterday (Wednesday, February 8th) in St Michael’s on Wyre, in aid of the investigation to the disappearance of Nicola Bulley.Advertisement
This followed reports of individuals – from outside the area of St Michael’s – filming on social media close to properties.
The order will remain in place for 48 hours and gives officers the power to disperse anyone committing anti-social behaviour.
Two dispersal notices were issued, and a number of other people were warned about their behaviour.
Read more: Nicola Bulley search: Police appeal for drivers and cyclists to get in contact with dashcam footage
A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “We hope that will give people some reassurance that we will not tolerate criminality, including trespass and criminal damage.
“We are also aware of a number of grossly offensive comments being made on social media and elsewhere. We are looking into these and will not hesitate to take action where appropriate.
Read more: Nicola Bulley search: Police following 500 lines of enquiry
“Our investigation to the disappearance of Nicola Bulley is continuing and we continue to search areas of the River Wyre and surrounding area.
“People may have seen less police activity today than previously in the area of the river above the weir but that is not because we have stepped down our searches, it is because the focus of the search has moved further downstream into the area of the river which becomes tidal and then out towards the sea.
“Anyone with information which could assist our investigation should call us on 101 quoting log 0565 of January 30th. For immediate sightings please call 999.”
Read more: See the latest Preston news and headlines