By a County Press reporter

Friday, November 2, 2007



An enhanced picture of Damien Nettles, published in 2003.

ELEVEN years to the day since Gurnard teenager Damien Nettles vanished, police have launched an initiative to highlight his disappearance.

A picture of Damien, who was 16 when he vanished after a night out with friends on November 2, 1996, will now be shown on Missing Kids TV.

This is a recently-launched initiative between the UK Police National Missing Person’s Bureau (PNMPB), Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT) and Electronic Health Media (EHM).

Damien will feature on EHM’s network of screens at 129 GP surgeries across England and major hospitals, including Milton Keynes, Swindon and Whipps Cross in East London.

His case also appears on a new page on Hampshire Constabulary’s website, under a section called Casebook.

CCTV images show Damien in Yorkie’s Fish and Chip shop, in Cowes High Street, at around 11.35pm on the night he disappeared and officers are hoping this will help them identify those pictured.

A downloadable poster is also available in pdf format from the website.

Only three of the five or six men in the chip shop at the time have been identified, one of whom has since died, and the other two army officers from Aldershot who were unable to give any more information to police.

This week Damien’s sister, Sarah, appealed through social networking site Facebook for anyone with any information to come forward.

She said: “There is at least one person out there that knows what happened to him — all we need in Damien’s case is to get the word out so strong to make them come forward and put this case to rest.”

Det Insp Darren O’Callaghan, overseeing the case, codenamed Operation Ridge-wood, said: “Although the CCTV footage has been widely circulated in previous years, we still have not been able to identify all those who were in Yorkie’s Fish and Chip Shop at the same time as Damien.

“We are using this anniversary to continue to appeal for information and we will actively pursue any lines of inquiry that arise from this publicity,” DI O’Callaghan added.

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