Nicola Bulley's family plea for public's 'focus' to be 'finding her'

Nicola Bulley’s family plea for public’s ‘focus’ to be on ‘finding Nikki’ and not on ‘making up wild theories about her personal life’

  • Lancashire Police yesterday said she had suffered alcohol issues in menopause
  • Today the force issued statement from family asking for personal life talk to stop 

The family of missing mother Nicola Bulley today pleaded with people to stop making up ‘wild theories about her personal life’ and instead focus on ‘finding’ her.

In a new statement issued through Lancashire Police, they said they feared some had become ‘distracted’ by ‘speculation’ – and claimed others had been trying to ‘sell stories’ about the 45-year-old. 

But it came less than 24 hours after the same police force had issued its own extraordinary briefing where it had disclosed details about the missing mother-of-two’s private life and medical details

That sparked an enormous backlash and accusations of victim blaming, as well as questions over why it had suppressed the fact Ms Bulley had been vulnerable.

And today the latest release from the police – who yesterday said she had struggled with alcohol and the menopause – told how she had been suffering brain fog, restless sleep and had been undergoing Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Lancashire Police has sparked anger and grief after detectives revealed that mother-of-two Nicola Bulley, 45, (pictured with her partner Paul) had been struggling with alcohol issues brought on by ongoing struggles with menopause

Ms Bulley’s parents and sister spoke at an appeal a number of weeks ago to try and find her

The family said: ‘It has now been three weeks since Nikki went missing. We, as a family, believe that the public focus has become distracted from finding Nikki, and more about speculation and rumours into her private life.

‘As a family, we were aware that Lancashire Police, last night, released a statement with some personal details. 

‘Although we know that Nikki would not have wanted this, there are people out there threatening to sell stories about her. This is appalling and needs to stop.

‘The police know the truth about Nikki and now the public need to focus on finding her. 

‘Due to the peri menopause Nikki suffered with significant side effects such as brain fog, restless sleep and was taking HRT to help but this was giving her intense headaches.

‘The headaches caused Nikki to stop taking the HRT thinking that may have helped her but only ended up causing this crisis. 

‘The public focus has to be on finding her and not making up wild theories about her personal life.

‘Despite what some media outlets and individuals are suggesting, we are being updated daily and receive support from our family liaison officers.

‘Nikki is such a wonderful daughter, sister , partner and mother and is missed dearly – we all need you back in our lives.

‘Nikki, we hope you are reading this and know that we love you so much and your girls want a cuddle. We all need you home. You can reach out to us, or you can contact Don’t be scared, we all love you so very much.’

Questions as to why the constabulary had not been ‘forthright from the start’ and suppressed the fact the beloved mother-of-two was vulnerable were raised today.

In missing person cases it is extremely common for people to be described this way if it is relevant to the case.

Experts and former officers expressed disbelief at Lancashire’s failure to do this and said the omission had fed a three-week mystery that saw the force at one point have to issue a dispersal notice to deter TikTokkers and amateur sleuths.

Ex Scotland Yard detective and former head of Lambeth’s missing persons unit Mick Neville, told MailOnline: ‘I don’t think they needed to mention the alcohol and the menopause, but they should have mentioned mental health from the start.

‘At the start they said she was completely ordinary – they’ve told a lie.

‘It is bad management of publicity, there has been this covering up, things they have not disclosed, that has caused all this.

‘The police have created an unnecessary circus by not being forthright from the start.

‘I would have said she was vulnerable at the beginning, with a mental health background from the start.’

‘In my experience the police don’t know how to handle media and they have got very insular.

‘You can only imagine that in this case they have decided to treat her and portray her as a kind of ‘everymum’.’

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