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Charlotte Hadfield

Nicola Bulley's family still receive 'negative and targeted messages'

The family of Nicola Bulley said they still receive "negative and targeted messages" following her death.

A two-day inquest into the mum-of-two's death came to a close on Tuesday as a coroner concluded the mum-of-two drowned after falling into cold water in the River Wyre in January. Nicola's death has been recorded as accidental.

The 45-year-old's family said they needed to address the issue of social media once again following a conspiratorial social media frenzy.

In a statement read outside court on behalf of Nicola's family, Terry Wilcox, of Hudgell Solicitors, said: "Sadly we feel the need to again raise and address the issue of social media. It is upsetting that we have continued to receive negative and targeted messages and still widely inaccurate speculation are still being shared on numerous platforms.

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"We encourage people to look at the facts and the conclusion reached by the coroner and to ignore any amateur views and opinions and be mindful of the impact words bring."

Lancashire Police said the force hoped the findings of today's inquest would put a stop to any "ill-informed speculation and conspiracy theories which have been so damaging to Nikki’s family, the community of St Michael’s".

Detective Chief Superintendent Pauline Stables, Head of Crime at Lancashire Constabulary, said: "I want to start by saying that first and foremost my thoughts today are with Nikki’s family and loved ones.

"They have been through the most unimaginable ordeal over the last six months, and I can only hope that this inquest will help in some small way by answering some of the questions they had about what happened to Nikki on January 27 and will allow them to start the process of rebuilding their lives as best as they can."

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