Police chief who led Nicola Bulley investigation dies suddenly at home

The police chief who led the investigation into the disappearance and death of Nicola Bulley has died in what is believed to be a ‘medically-related’ tragedy.

Lancashire Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable Peter Lawson has died suddenly at the age of 50, the force has confirmed. ACC Lawson died this morning at his home.

A statement issued this evening reads: “It is with great sadness Lancashire Constabulary today (Sunday, December 10) announce the death of Assistant Chief Constable Peter Lawson. ACC Lawson, 50, died this morning at his home address.

“At this time, his death is believed to be medical-related and has been referred to the coroner.”

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Tributes have been paid in the wake of the ‘shock’ death. Chief Constable Chris Rowley, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “This is incredibly sad and tragic news. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Pete’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“Pete’s death will come as a shock to the entire force and the wider police family across the country. He was an outstanding officer who served the communities of Lancashire with pride. He was also highly respected and admired by all who knew him and worked with him.


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