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Nicola Bulley was suffering from ‘brain fog and restless sleep’

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Nicola Bulley was suffering from “brain fog and restless sleep” before she went missing, her family have confirmed in a new statement. Her family have explained that Nicola was experiencing these “significant side effects” while taking HRT to treat her perimenopause.

In the new statement, they stressed that the “focus has to be on finding her” rather than throwing forward “wild theories” about her personal life.

On Wednesday, the police force called Ms Bulley “vulnerable” and classed her as a “high-risk” missing person and said she had “some significant issues with alcohol” in the past.

In a statement, 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 and Paul’s private life.

“As a family, we were aware beforehand that Lancashire Police, last night, released a statement with some personal details about our Nikki.

 

“Although we know that Nikki would not have wanted this, there are people out there speculating and 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 which 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 MissingPeople.org.uk. Don’t be scared, we all love you so very much.”

Lancashire police yesterday claimed Nicolas’s “issues with alcohol” we brought on because of her menopause.

They said these struggles had “resurfaced over recent months” and had caused some “real challenges” for her partner Paul Ansell and the family.

They also said they had attended Nicola’s home a week before she went missing on January 27 because of her alcohol issues.

“A response car staffed by both police and health professionals attended a report of concern for welfare at Nicola’s home address on January 10,” said the force.

They added that “no one has been arrested in relation to this incident, but it is being investigated.”

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