Two people from Greater Manchester have been arrested after “malicious communications” were allegedly sent to councilors in Wyre, near where Nicola Bulley went missing.
Several malicious messages were reportedly sent to the council covering St Michael’s on Wyre, which are understood to relate to the missing mother.
Investigations by Lancashire Police have now led to the arrest of a 49-year-old man from Manchester and a 20-year-old woman from Oldham, on suspicion of malicious communication offences.
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A Lancashire Police spokesperson told the Manchester Evening News: “We received reports over the weekend of a series of malicious messages being sent to members of Wyre Council.
“Investigations led to the arrest of a 49-year-old man from Manchester, on suspicion of malicious communication offences. He has since been released on bail, pending further investigation, until May 12.
“A 20-year-old woman from Oldham has also been arrested on suspicion of malicious communication offenses and remains in police custody. Investigations are ongoing.”
Wyre Council said on Monday (February 13) that it had temporarily removed contact details for ‘borough and parish council members’.
Council leader Michael Vincent said: “We appreciate the emotional gravity of the situation… The community has shown great strength and resilience during the investigation and we urge everyone to continue to show compassion and empathy.”
“It is unfortunate that we have had to take this step at such a difficult time and appropriate steps are being taken to ensure residents are still able to communicate with their elected representatives.”
The council added: “Any reports of abuse will be recorded by Wyre Council and forwarded to the police. Please be respectful.”
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