Police were forced to issue a no-fly zone over the church where Nicola Bulley’s funeral was held to stop sick TikTokers from using drones to film the service.
The mum-of-two was laid to rest on Wednesday (March 8) at St Michael’s in Wyre Parish, Lancaster.
Ahead of the service, the grieving family requested total privacy so that they could say their final goodbyes in peace.
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But Ms Bulley’s family feared that curious onlookers would use a drone to spy on the procession.
The concerns prompted Lancaster police to request a no-fly zone between 10am and 3pm on March 8 – the funeral began at 12.30pm.
The Secretary of State for Transport implemented the request.
Nicola’s disappearance led to widespread speculation and caused conspiracy theorists to descend on the tiny village.
On February 19, police arrested one TikTok snoop for uploading footage of the 45-year-old's body being recovered from the River Wyre, as reported by The Sun.
The publication added Curtis Arnold, 34, of Kidderminster, Worcester, was detained on suspicion of malicious communications offences and perverting the course of justice.
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TikTok has vowed to take action against social media sleuths who disrupted the search for the mortgage advisor, 45, and posted distressing conspiracy theories about her online.
A spokesman said: “We have mobilised resources to monitor the evolving conversation about this case.
“We are taking action against violations of our Community Guidelines, including removing content and accounts, and limiting the reach of some content by making it ineligible for recommendation.”
During the search, Det Supt Rebecca Smith said the investigation had been hampered by “false information, accusations and rumours” by those conducting their own searches.
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She told a press conference: “Yes, it has significantly distracted the investigation. In 29 years' police service, I've never seen anything like it.
“Some of it has been quite shocking and really hurtful to the family.”
Ms Bulley vanished on January 27 during a dog walk, after dropping her two daughters off at school.
23 days later, her body was recovered from the river near where she was last seen.
Medium Jason Rothwell, 33, spotted the body, sparking criticism towards the police and a private search team called in by Nicola’s family.
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