POLICE investigating the disappearance of mum Nicola Bulley have issued a dispersal order to keep the public away from the area.
Cops received reports that amateur detectives from outside the village of St Michael's on Wyre, Lancashire, were filming close to residents' homes and sharing footage on social media.
The order, which came into force at 8.40pm yesterday and lasts for at least 48 hours, gives officers extra powers to break up groups committing anti-social behaviour.
The force also threatened to take action over trolls making "grossly offensive" comments online.
A Lancashire Police spokesperson 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.
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"We are looking into these and will not hesitate to take action where appropriate."
Mum-of-two Nicola vanished on January 27 while walking her dog along the River Wyre.
Cops believe she fell into the icy water, sparking a huge search by specialist divers.
They have already scoured the immediate area and are today searching Fleetwood where the river enters the Irish Sea.
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It was confirmed today the hunt could lead police 20 miles to Morecambe Bay.
A police spokesperson said: "Our investigation into 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 should contact the force on 101 quoting log 0565 of January 30 and report immediate sightings by calling 999.
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