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Antony Thrower

Nicola Bulley 'not suicidal' GP claims despite family fearing 'she didn't want to be here'

Nicola Bulley's doctor has told an inquest she was not suicidal, despite concerns over her increased drinking.

The mum of two was last seen on January 27, sparking a huge manhunt before her body was found a few weeks later in the water of the River Wyre.

The inquest into her death opened yesterday, and heard from experts, police officers and a Home Office pathologist who revealed how the mum died.

Today proceedings have heard from her GP, Dr Rebecca Gray, who said there was "nothing" in her records suggesting she was suicidal.

Dr Gray, told the hearing at County Hall, Preston: "There is nothing on the notes or records from 2012 where there's been any mention of her feeling suicidal or of self-harm."

Nicola Bulley was missing for more than three weeks before her body was found (PA)

The 45-year-old had spoken to the doctor about feeling a "low mood and anxiety" since 2018, later telling of headaches, fatigue and lack of sleep.

Also speaking at today’s hearing was mental health clinician Teresa Lewis Leevy.

She said two weeks before Nicola went missing, her sister Louise Cunningham had called the mental health team and “asked for some assistance with her sister”.

The family was concerned with her increased alcohol use and the impression she “didn’t want to be here”, reported LancsLive.

Proceedings have also heard from Ms Cunningham who explained there had been a “blip” in her sister’s mental state in the month before her death.

She added: “She had a blip over Christmas but she was back on the HRT medication in January and back to work and back to the normal Nikki.”

“She’s never confided in me about any suicidal thoughts.”

Ms Cunningham said her sister was drinking more heavily over that period.

Nicola Bulley’s sister was planning a spa day shortly before her death.

Ms Cunningham cried at the inquest as she recalled the last time she contacted Nicola.

She said: “I literally confirmed it was booked but she didn’t pick up the message.”

Nicola's partner also spoke during today's inquest calling his partner an 'incredible mum'.

*If you're struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email or visit their site to find your local branch

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