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Katie Fitzpatrick

Dancing on Ice fans complain over 'insensitive' breaking news sketch following Nicola Bulley case

Dancing On Ice viewers complained after the popular celebrity skating show appeared to be interrupted by a breaking news announcement. Some fans of the show thought that the skit as part of Mollie Gallagher and Sylvain Longchambon's Ghostbusters performance was 'insensitive' in the light of today's developments in the case of missing mum Nicola Bulley.

Dancing On Ice went all out for a Movie Week, and to set the scene for Coronation Street star Mollie and Sylvain's high energy skate starring the pair as ghostbusters, the show beamed a fake breaking news report by ITV newsreader Lucrezia Millarini., who was a contestant on Dancing On Ice in 2020.

However, many viewers thought it was real. @fionasayshi complained: "Bit insensitive of Dancing On Ice to do a 'breaking news' skit when there's major events happening."


@Bruschetta_Boy complained: "That was a bit stupid #dancingonice. Having a newsflash at this moment in time. Thought it was about Nicola Bulley." And another viewer said: "I thought that ITV news interruption was about Nicola Bulley."

@BeckyIves3 tweeted: "Why did my heart just stop #dancingonice." @LucyLoo7777 said: "F*** sake, I thought that was a real newsflash for a split second."

Mollie and Sylvain (ITV)

@karistbh messaged: "Not me getting scared that was a legit breaking news broadcast ffs." @calliexmarie echoed: "Not me thinking that actually was breaking news." And @J_Barrowman_Fan said: "Naaa.. that just scared me half to death."

Earlier today a body was found in the River Wyre during the search for mother-of-two Nicola Bulley, Lancashire Police confirmed. Nicola, 45, disappeared while walking her springer spaniel Willow in the village of St Michael’s on Wyre on January 27.

In a statement Lancashire Police said: "This morning, Sunday, 19 February, you may be aware of police activity around the river near to St Michaels. We want to provide you with an update on that activity. We were called today at 11:36am to reports of a body in the River Wyre, close to Rawcliffe Road.

A missing person notice for Nicole Bulley in St Michael's-on-Wyre (Liverpool Echo)

"An underwater search team and specialist officers have subsequently attended the scene, entered the water and have sadly recovered a body. No formal identification has yet been carried out, so we are unable to say whether this is Nicola Bulley at this time.

"Procedures to identify the body are on-going. We are currently treating the death as unexplained. "Nicola’s family have been informed of developments and our thoughts are with them at this most difficult of times. We ask that their privacy is respected."


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