A MAJOR search has been launched for a young Coatbridge woman who has been dealing with personal issues.

Nicola Dingwall, 33, disappeared on Saturday at around 6pm from Hairstanes Cottage in the Lanarkshire town. Police say her family home is quite remote.

Officers are concerned because when last seen, she was distressed.

She is described a white, 5ft 6 inches in height, of slim build and has shoulder length dark hair. She was wearing a 3/4 Puffa jacket, ripped blue denim jeans, a blue knitted Ralph Lauren cardigan and grey Nike trainers.

Sergeant Jason Henry, of Coatbridge Police Station, said: "Unfortunately Nicola has been dealing with some personal issues and appears to have left home tonight distressed, hence, the concern from her family.

"Her home is quite remote, however, its possible that by now she has walked or got a lift in to one of the nearby towns of Coatbridge, Airdrie or Cumbernauld.

"Officers are searching the local area and have alerted bus, taxi and rail firms to assist in finding her.

"She hasn't been missing before and we don't know if she has any money with her so are concerned for her well-being at the moment. Her family just want her to come home.

"I would ask that people keep an eye out for her and if you see her, or have any information about where she is, then please call officers at Coatbridge Police Station via 101 quoting reference number 3612 of 29 September 2018.

"We would also appeal to Nicola herself and ask her to either contact her family or police so we can make sure she is ok."