Luke's mum to appeal for public's help

A DISTRAUGHT mother is set to make an emotional appeal to the public today - a month after her teenage son mysteriously disappeared.Luke Durbin, 19, of Coronation Avenue in Hollesley, near Woodbridge, went missing after becoming separated from his friends on a night out in Zest nightclub, Ipswich, on Thursday, May 11.

By Danielle Nuttall

A DISTRAUGHT mother is set to make an emotional appeal to the public today - a month after her teenage son mysteriously disappeared.

Luke Durbin, 19, of Coronation Avenue in Hollesley, near Woodbridge, went missing after becoming separated from his friends on a night out in Zest nightclub, Ipswich, on Thursday, May 11.

Last night the teenager's friends and family handed out leaflets containing Luke's picture to fans queuing up to see American band the Foo Fighters at the Regent in Ipswich in a bid for more information.


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And today, Luke's anxious mother Nicki will make a renewed appeal for the public's help in tracing her son at a special police press conference.

Ms Durbin's friend, Pat Pipe, who was among those handing out leaflets at last night's gig, said: “The Foo Fighters are one of Luke's favourite bands.

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“We just thought that if we could get here and hand things out then maybe somebody like-minded as Luke will remember something.

“It only needs one person to look at the picture and say: 'Yes, I did see him.' It's been four-and-a-half weeks and we just want it out there and for people to know he is still missing.

“Nicki has been out putting posters up on all the lampposts in every direction and in exactly the same places as we did after he had been missing for about a week.

“All the posters we had (originally) put up had gone. People do forget and we want it to be kept in everybody's minds.”

CCTV footage showed that, after leaving Zest, Mr Durbin made his way to the Hawk taxi rank in Old Foundry Road, Ipswich, where he tried to get a taxi at about 3.40am.

The former Melton and Bawdsey primary schools and Farlingaye High School student was last seen walking in the direction of Major's Corner and was also seen earlier at Ipswich station.

Ms Durbin will be speaking to the media at Suffolk police's headquarters in Martlesham today alongside Detective Sergeant Ian Addison, who is leading the enquiry.

Mrs Pipe said last night her friend was coping despite the terrible circumstances.

“It's very, very hard for her. She's going through all the emotions. She's coping remarkably but she has times when it's just all engulfing.

“As far as I'm concerned, he is still out there and will come home. We have to be positive.

“We just want anybody from that evening who had seen him to come forward, even if they saw him early in the evening in Zest or as he left.

“We know what his thoughts were. He wanted to get home. How can anyone disappear off the face of the earth?”

Mr Durbin is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build, with short mousy-coloured wavy hair and blue eyes.

On the night he went missing, he was wearing blue jeans, a black shirt, brown suede shoes and possibly a blue/grey sweatshirt.

Anyone with information can call Woodbridge police station on 01473 613500, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or the National Missing Persons Helpline on 0500 700700.

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