Hollesley: Mother’s plea over missing son

A MOTHER who is still desperately searching for her missing son has again urged anyone with any information to come forward – just days after his 24th birthday.

Luke Durbin was last seen around 4am on May 12, 2006, when he was spotted on CCTV in Dogs Head Street, Ipswich, heading towards the bus station.

It was his 24th birthday on Saturday and last night his mother Nicki, who lives in Hollesley, near Woodbridge, appealed to anyone who might know what happened to get in touch.

Officers from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team (MIT) are also re-examining the case.

Ms Durbin said: “I have been told they will review Luke’s case with a fine-toothed comb.

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“I just hope this time next year we will know where he is, whatever the outcome.

“It is such a terrible time of year for us. Just the fact that Luke’s birthday is a weekend, I can imagine it would have been a big deal for him. It becomes very all consuming again.

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“I would appeal for anyone who thinks they might have any information to get in touch. In time loyalties change – please come forward because nothing has changed for my family or myself.

“Any information could be vital. If for any reason you don’t want to get in touch with the police then contact me through the website.”

Ms Durbin said she has recently recorded a piece for the BBC’s One Show, which should air tomorrow, to coincide with a national campaign launched by Missing People.

She said she would also like to thank everyone who continues to be so supportive to her and her family.

Luke was on a night out with friends on Thursday, May 11, 2006, and had been at what was then Zest nightclub.

His disappearance was out of character and he did not return home to collect any personal belongings – including a mobile phone he had left at a friend’s house and his wages.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said officers remained committed to investigating his disappearance.

“The enquiry remains open and police will always act on any new information,” she said. “Suffolk police routinely reviews major investigations and, as part of this process, the joint Norfolk and Suffolk MIT are currently conducting a review of the enquiry, to see if anything further can be done.

“Despite extensive enquiries, media appeals and initiatives from his family, we still do not know what happened to Luke.”

Anyone with information about Luke’s disappearance should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or visit www.findluke.com

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