Lancashire Police has been criticised for releasing personal details about Nicola Bulley’s health struggles, with a report describing the decision as “avoidable and unnecessary”.
Senior officers have also come under fire for failing to brief accredited journalists properly during Ms Bulley’s disappearance earlier this year, leading to a vacuum of information and frenzied public speculation about her fate.
The 45-year-old mother of two vanished on Jan 27 while walking her dog next to the River Wyre in Lancashire.
Initial searches of the river failed to locate her and the mystery of her sudden unexplained disappearance led to fevered social media activity and hurtful conspiracy theories.
Lancashire Police’s decision to issue a statement revealing that Ms Bulley had “significant issues with alcohol” brought on by her ongoing struggles with the menopause, was criticised at the time by Rishi Sunak.
Now, an independent review of the police’s handling of the case has also described it as “avoidable and unnecessary” and has said the force should have worked more closely with the trusted mainstream media.
“Accredited” “Trusted Mainstream”
The work experience trustafarian from The Guardian gains more information access than I do?