Police searching canal near Rugby to find remains of Coventry mum missing since 1991

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Police are searching an area of canal near Harborough Magna in the hope of finding the remains of a Coventry woman.

Officers are working with a specialist underwater search team in an effort to find the remains of Nicola Payne, who has been missing since December 1991.

Police have been trying to find Nicola's remains in the hope of bringing closure to her family.

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This latest search has come about because the police received new information.

Detective Inspector Justin Mason-Spanner from the homicide team, said: “We are as committed as ever to finding Nicola’s remains, allowing her family to lay her to rest and to achieving justice for her family and the community.

“We recently received new information which has led to this search that will last a few days.

"Nicola’s family has been kept fully informed.

“We still believe there may be people out there who hold information about what happened in 1991 and I urge anyone who has not previously contacted us with information to contact us.

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"It could make all the difference and could finally bring Nicola’s family the closure they deserve."

In January 2018, the reward for any information leading to finding Nicola was raised to £100,000 by an anonymous donor.

Anyone with information about Nicola’s disappearance is asked to call 101 and ask to speak with the West Midlands Police Homicide Team.

You can also use Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, or call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.