UNDER fire Nicola Bulley cops will be investigated by the police watchdog over a welfare check just days before she vanished.
Lancashire Police have been slammed for their handling of the mum's disappearance after her body was found on Sunday – more than three weeks since she disappeared.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct has now launched a probe into a welfare check carried out by officers before Nicola vanished.
Police had attended the mum's home on January 10 following a report of a concern for welfare.
No one was arrested during the incident and the investigation is ongoing.
An 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.
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"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."
And Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden today further revealed he had asked the College of Policing to carry out a “full, independent review” into the handling of the Nicola Bulley case.
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The update comes after the force revealed Nicola had "vulnerabilities" at the time she went missing.
These included "significant issues with alcohol" in the past that were brought on by her "ongoing struggles with the menopause".
Nicola's struggles had resurfaced over recent months, police confirmed.
A statement added: "This caused some real challenges for Paul and the family.
"As a result of those issues, a response car staffed by both police and health professionals attended a report of concern for welfare at Nicola’s home address on January 10th.
"No one has been arrested in relation to this incident, but it is being investigated."
Officers have defended their decision to release the personal information after being slammed by MPs and former cops.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman has ordered the force to explain why the details and Rishi Sunak said he had "concerns".
Nicola was discovered on the banks of the River Wyre on Sunday – 23 days after she vanished.
She was found by two dog walkers less than a mile from where she was last seen.
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An inquest opened and adjourned into her death today confirmed she had to be identified by dental records.
Questions are now mounting over how police failed to find Nicola despite a "hugely complex and highly emotional" search.
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