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Nicola Bulley's family hit out at 'amateur views' after coroner rules death an accident

Nicola Bulley's family have hit out at "amateur views and opinions", after an inquest ruled the mum's death was a tragic accident.

Following the conclusion of the inquest today, they said they had continued to receive "negative targeted messages" as well as seeing "wildly inaccurate speculation" on social media months after her death.

Speaking at the County Hall in Preston, Dr James Adeley, senior coroner for Lancashire recorded the mum's death as accidental after hearing two days of evidence.

The inquest heard that the mum, whose body was found on February 19 in the River Wyre after she went missing on January 27, died from drowning.

The 45-year-old was last seen walking her family dog Willow along the River Wyre, and a desperate manhunt was launched which captured the attention of the nation.

Speaking at the County Hall in Preston, Dr James Adeley, senior coroner for Lancashire recorded the mum's death as accidental (PA)

For weeks, police and emergency services searched for the missing mum until they finally found her body a few weeks later.

She had tragically fallen into the water and died. Three weeks after she disappeared, her body was found on February 19.

Reading a statement on behalf of the family outside County Hall, Preston, Terry Wilcox, of Hudgell Solicitors, said: "The last few months have been extremely tough to process for our family.

"The emotional impact will stay long in our hearts and whilst we will never forget the loss of our Nikki, we will forever remember her as a brilliant mum, partner, daughter and sister that we all knew and loved so very much.

"The help and support we have received over these past few months has meant more than words can say. From family and friends to complete strangers across the country and the world, thank you.

"Nikki and Paul's girls have already taken great comfort in the deeply thoughtful gifts sent to them in goodwill and in time they will read the many cards that are filled with such kindness and love.

"Sadly, we feel the need to again raise and address the issue of social media. It's upsetting that we've continued to receive negative targeted messages and still wildly inaccurate speculation being shared on numerous platforms."

Senior coroner for Lancashire Dr James Adeley today recorded the 45-year-old's death as accidental, following a two-day inquest.

Throughout proceedings, the court heard how her husband text her to ask "have you got lost?" on the morning she disappeared.

Dr Adeley said it likely that Nicola entered the water at 9.22am when her Fitbit recorded a significant spike in her heart rate.

Nicola's body was found three weeks after she went missing (PA)

He added "there is an absence of any evidence" that Nicola intended to take her own life, after her GP told proceedings she was showing no signs of being suicidal prior to her disappearance.

Throughout the two-day inquest, the coroner heard from Nicola's family.

In an emotional statement, her partner Paul Ansell said the day she vanished he sent her a text message saying: “Have you got lost?”

She had a meeting planned for 11am that day, then she had "quite a lot of paperwork to get ready" for another meeting in the afternoon, he explained.

So when it passed 10.30am he "started to feel a bit concerned".

Sister Louise was tearful as she recalled the days before her disappearance.

Nicola and her sister Louise (Sky)

“Literally I was saying it was booked but she never picked up the message.” The sisters were due to go to Ribby Hall for a spa day on March 18 using a voucher Nicola’s daughters had bought her for Mother’s Day in 2022.

The sister also admitted there has been a “blip” in the mortgage advisor’s mental state not long before her death in January this year, LancashireLive reports.

Louise said: “She had a blip over Christmas (2022) but she was back on the HRT medication in January and back to work and back to the normal Nikki.”

She said her sister was drinking more heavily over that period, but stated that Nicola had never confided in her about any suicidal thoughts.

Ruling out suicide or natural causes, the coroner said: "The only remaining conclusion is accidental death and this is what is recorded."

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