Nicola Bulley diving expert ‘proud’ despite being ‘removed from expert list’

The specialist dive expert called in to assist police in the search for Nicola Bulley has been removed from the National Crime Agency (NCA) expert list.

Peter Faulding's Specialist Group International (SGI) was suspended last week while a review is carried out into the handling of Nicola's disappearance.

Despite this, Faulding says that he is proud of his team's work.

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He and his crew used sonar technology to search the River Wyre, Lancashire for any sign of the then-missing mum of two.

The group searched three miles of the river between St Michael’s on Wyre and Caartford Bridge.

After three days they found no trace of Nicola, and the search was called off.

Faulding said at the time that in his professional opinion, he was confident that Nicola was not in the river.

The 45-year-old’s body was discovered on February 19 – a mile from where she vanished while walking her dog on January 27.

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Following the suspension from the Expert Advisers Database (EAD), Mr Faulding said the issue was a "confidential matter", according to The Times.

In a statement on his company's Facebook, he added: "SGI’s operational ability, integrity and professional search and rescue capabilities are not in question in these matters.

"We are proud of our record in specialist search and rescue operations, conducted over many decades.

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"During which we have worked with police departments and other agencies to the high standards expected of nationally recognised specialists."

The Daily Star reported last week how Nicola, a mortgage advisor from nearby Inskip, was identified by dental records.

A National Crime Agency spokesperson told The Times: "The database is subject to continual review and its purpose is to maintain a list of expertise UK law enforcement can draw upon when required."

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