Jeremy Vine calls Nicola Bulley missing person case a ‘murder’ in live BBC radio slip-up while discussing amateur sleuths investigating mystery
- Presenter’s error made during discussion of the police probe on his Radio 2 show
- Lancashire Police still working under hypothesis that she slipped into the water
Jeremy Vine today accidentally called the Nicola Bulley missing person case a ‘murder’ in a live BBC radio slip-up.
The presenter made the error during an on-air discussion of the investigation with reporter Liz Roberts on his Radio 2 show this afternoon.
Lancashire Police’s working hypothesis has long been that Ms Bulley ended up in the water after she mysteriously vanished from St Michael’s on Wyre on January 27.
Extensive searches have been carried out on the river, with a private diving team also called upon to use specialist equipment, but no trace of the mother has been found.
Vine made the blunder while discussing the influx of ‘amateur detectives’ who have descended on the area looking to try and shed light on what happened to Ms Bulley.
Jeremy Vine today accidentally called the Nicola Bulley missing person case a ‘murder’ in a live BBC radio slip-up
The presenter made the error during an on-air discussion of the investigation with reporter Liz Roberts on his Radio 2 show this afternoon
A lifeboat sweeps the river Wyre multiple times where it meets the estuary of Morecambe Bay, in Lancashire, two weeks on from the disappearance of Nicola Bulley
He said: ‘There’s also been this issue now, which seems to have got out of hand, of people all round the country trying to solve this murder at home – so-called sleuthing from space because they’re using satellite photos and so on.
‘I gather some of them have turned up and are looking for clues at an abandoned house.’
Vine was not immediately corrected following the mistake in a segment in which he also interviewed Emma White, a friend of Ms Bulley who today launched a fresh appeal for information exactly a fortnight on from her disappearance.
The perplexing case of the missing mother-of-two, 45, has moved millions since she vanished while walking her dog Willow on Friday January 27 in St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire.
Emma White is among her loved-ones who are holding a vigil in the village this morning and standing by the main road while holding her photograph and urging any witnesses to come forward. Ms Bulley’s face is also displayed on a big screen.
She said: ‘We just need Nikki home for her two beautiful little girls who need their mummy. It’s like torture,’ adding they have not given up hope she is alive.
‘The girls, when they get home from school, ask “any news on mummy?'” and Paul [Nikki’s partner] has to say “no” and he can see the little girls just deflate. The little girl is saying “Is my mummy famous?” I didn’t quite know how to answer that myself… for the wrong reasons.’
She added: ‘Bring Nikki home, come to the sofa, with the girls, with Willow and you can have that happy story because that’s what we’re keeping hope for’.
The BBC has been approached for comment.
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