Police find ‘items of interest’ during Coombe Abbey woodland search in Nicola Payne investigation

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Officers searching woodland in the grounds of Coombe Abbey in connection with the disappearance of Nicola Payne, have now finished work at the scene.

The searches over three days took place following new information which came to light surrounding the investigation into Nicola’s disappearance in December 1991.

The searches have revealed items of interest that require further detailed examination to eliminate them as being of significance to the inquiry.

The investigation into her disappearance remains ongoing. Five people arrested in connection with her disappearance remain on police bail.

Detective Inspector Martin Slevin, who is leading the investigation, said: “Despite the searches ending today, we would like to reassure Nicola’s family and the local community that the investigation into what happened to Nicola continues.

“Officers remain determined to discover her whereabouts, bring offenders to justice and bring closure to Nicola’s family. We will always assess and act on any new information which comes to light.”

He added; “We continue to appeal for anyone with information to come forward and contact us on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. There is still a £10,000 reward available for information that leads to the discovery of Nicola’s whereabouts.

“Nicola’s family are aware of the latest developments and are being supported by family liaison officers − they ask for their privacy to be respected at this time.”