The heartbroken father and sister of missing mum-of-two Nicola Bulley have said “her children need her home”. They said the family has been “stuck in a nightmare” since her disappearance.

Louise Cunningham said: “If I’m being honest, it feels like I’m just stuck in a nightmare. We’re going round and round in circles trying to piece together what could have possibly happened.”

She told Sky News: “It’s like she’s just vanished into thin air. We just want her home, we need her home, her children need her home. It’s absolutely heartbreaking.”

In their first interview since Ms Bulley’s disappearance, the family appealed to anyone who might have seen or knows where their loved on is to come forward and speak to the police.

Ms Bulley’s father Ernie Bulley, 73, spoke of the pain members of the “close-knit family” are feeling.

Speaking of Ms Bulley’s children, he added: “They know that mummy’s missing, but they know that she’s going to be coming home and everyone is looking for her so it’s only a matter of time, that they’re thinking in their minds, that she’s going to walk through that door.”

Ms Cunningham added: “Their little minds are trying to process, they don’t really understand, none of us understand, to be honest. But when there are children involved you just have to carry on, you’ve got to get through every day and that’s all we’re trying to do.”

The family’s public appeal for information comes as police hope to trace a dog walker who was seen near the spot where Ms Bulley went missing.

Lancashire Police said the woman, who they want to speak to as a witness, was wearing a red and white coat with a fur hood, light-coloured trousers and a light bobble hat. She was walking a small, white dog.

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She was seen on CCTV on Allotment Lane at about 8.48am on Friday January 27, close to where the missing mortgage adviser was last seen.

The woman was also seen near the gate at the end of Allotment Lane.

The force said officers want to speak to the woman as a witness and nothing more. They say there is nothing to suggest any third-party involvement in Ms Bulley’s disappearance.

They also urged anyone who recognises the woman to get in touch.

Superintendent Sally Riley said: “We now want to speak to the woman pictured on CCTV as we believe she was walking in the area around the time Nicola was last seen.

“If you know her, or believe this may be you, please get in touch. You may not think you know anything, but you might have seen something that could be significant.”

Ms Bulley is white, 5ft 3in, with light brown shoulder-length hair. She speaks with an Essex accent.

She was last seen wearing a long black gilet jacket with a hood, black jeans and olive-green ankle wellies. Her hair was tied into a ponytail.

Anybody who has seen Ms Bulley, or has information about where she might be, is asked to call 101, quoting log 565 of January 30. For immediate sightings please call 999.

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