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Thousands back 'Madeline McCann level of intervention' for Damien Nettles case

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 8:31

CALLS for the Damien Nettles investigation to be given more funding — in line with the cases of Madeline McCann and Ben Needham — have been backed by close to 3,000 people.

As previously reported, a petition calling for the police to be given more resources to uncover the truth about Damien Nettles’ disappearance 20 years ago, was launched on the official government website last month.
If 10,000 people sign it, the petition should receive a government response.

The petition was launched following a BBC documentary about the case, which alleged Damien may have been killed by people involved in the Isle of Wight drugs world and buried in an area of woodland near Cowes.
Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared brought fresh attention to the case, however police said it had resulted in no new leads.

"The petition calls for Hampshire Police do not have the resources or funding to elevate this case. His family are desperate for justice and closure to move on.

"As the Government provided extra funding for the McCanns and Needhams, we feel Damien's case should have the same level of intervention," the petition, created by Caroline Lyons, states.

The Madeline McCann investigation had cost £10m to date, as of last September, according to the government. It is not known how much has been spent on investigating Damien’s disappearance.

Caroline told the County Press: "Until his remains are found, I do not foresee anyone being brought to justice. As the documentary proved, people closely link to Damien's disappearance are not forthcoming with information. 

"At the request of Valerie, Damien's mum, I would like it publicised that local people should refrain from visiting the copse at this time. 

"It is private property and the landowner is rightfully not happy with the influx of visitors on the back of the documentary. Should there be any evidence there, this could be jeopardised by people poking around. 

"It is imperative Hampshire Police can eventually solve this case for all concerned."

 


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