Remembering Nicola Bulley one year since she went missing

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Our thoughts remain with Nicola's friends and family.

Tomorrow (Saturday, January 27) marks one year since Nicola Bulley went missing.

On that day a year ago, the much-loved mum-of-two from Inskip was last seen walking her dog Willow on the banks of the Wyre after dropping her daughters off at school.

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Watch how the events that grabbed a nation unfolded Ms Bulley's disappearance sparked huge interest across the country, with hoardes of people descending on St Michaels to do their own sleuthing, or to pose for selfies. Their presence, as well as the arrival of dozens of national media organisations, was not always weclomed by locals.

Now, one year on, we remind people of her family's wish to be given time to rebuild in private.

Family's wish

At Nicola's inquest at County Hall in June, senior coroner Dr James Adeley recorded an accidental death, saying there was “no evidence” of suicide or third-party involvement. The verdict prompted Ms Bulley's family to condemn “wildly inaccurate speculation being shared over numerous platforms", including “upsetting… negative targeted messages” still being sent to them.

Their solicitor Terry Wilcox said on their behalf: “We encourage people to look at the facts, the evidence which has been heard during the inquest, and the conclusion reached by the Coroner, to ignore any amateur views and opinions, and be mindful of the impact words bring.”

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Lancashire Post editor Vanessa Sims said: "Nicola's disappearance caught the attention of the entire UK, and it is right to remember her - and her loved ones - on this first anniversary. But we should also remember the wishes of her family, who have asked for an end to speculation and to be left to grieve in peace."

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