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Nicola Bulley’s pals blast ‘vile’ theories as underwater teams join search

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Friends of missing mum Nicola Bulley have blasted the "vile" theories circulating online, as an underwater team has joined the search for the 45-year-old.

Ms Bulley was last seen walking her dog next to the River Wyre in Lancashire at around 9:10am on January 27 and police are working to unravel the events of that day think she may have slipped and fallen into the water.

A friend of the missing mum has taken to Facebook to share some new information and clear up some common misconceptions, as well as to blast "very inappropriate comments."

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The woman, called Tilly Ann on the social media site, said: “Family and friends need these accusations to stop immediately. The fact I’ve had to write this is disgusting to be honest.”

The friend added: “What her family need right now is as much positivity as possible please.”

Heather Gibbons, another friend, said some of the theories as to what happened to Ms Bulley were “vile” and incredibly hurtful to the family.

“The speculation is massive. It’s human nature,” she told the BBC.

“Everyone’s going to have their thoughts, their theories. Everyone will be speculating. But to see some of the vile speculating online, some of the theories that are incredibly, incredibly hurtful.

“I don’t think people are realising that the family are sitting at home and able to access and see all of that.”

She pointed out that Ms Bulley's two young daughters would be able to go back and view the online speculation when they're older.

There has been "frenzied online speculation" about potential third-party or criminal involvement, despite police finding no evidence to back this up.

Even Lancashire Police admonished online speculators, saying in a statement: “The speculation and abuse on social media aimed at some people who are merely assisting our enquiry is totally unacceptable.

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“We would urge people to remember that we are investigating the disappearance of Nicola, and the priority is Nicola and her family. We want to find her and provide answers to her family.”

It comes as underwater search team Specialist Group International, led by forensic expert Peter Faulding, joined the search free of charge.

Specialist Group International is a "world-renowned provider of 24/7 specialist rescue response to police, fire and other government agencies," according to its website.

The police force had initially rejected an offer of help, but took it up after Ms Bulley's family urged them to.

Peter Faulding said on social media: "Time is of the essence and I would like to state that my offer to assist in the search is not in an attempt to take over or criticise what the police are doing. Its purely to bring extra valuable resources to this difficult search for the good of the family."


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