Luke's devastated sister speaks out

TEN weeks after Suffolk teenager Luke Durbin went missing, his devastated sister has spoken for the first time of the nightmare she is going through.Alicia Durbin, 17, of Hollesley revealed she is extremely close to 19-year-old Luke with the pair often confiding in each other and sharing a real passion for music.

TEN weeks after Suffolk teenager Luke Durbin went missing, his devastated sister has spoken for the first time of the nightmare she is going through.

Alicia Durbin, 17, of Hollesley revealed she is extremely close to 19-year-old Luke with the pair often confiding in each other and sharing a real passion for music.

However, despite their closeness she said she is stumped as to why he disappeared and has wracked her brains trying to find a reason.

The Farlingaye High School student said: “It doesn't make sense, none of it makes sense.


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“It keeps going through my head that it shouldn't be happening to my family.

“We don't deserve this.”

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Luke went missing on May 11 following a night out in Ipswich with friends.

Police have checked his bank and phone records and followed up reported sightings but have failed to get any firm leads on Luke's whereabouts.

For Alicia the waiting game has proved traumatic.

She said: “It was awful when he first disappeared as I had really bad nightmares.

“I couldn't sleep at all and any rest I did have was disturbed.

“It really gets you down but you can't cry every day.

“We were very close and he always looked out for me at school for any problems or anything.

“I think in a way Luke is like a bit of a father figure for me.

“Whenever I have a new boyfriend he would always ask what's their name and where do they come from.”

Alicia said the circumstances of Luke's disappearance are totally out of character as the only time he has been missing before, when he went off to France a couple of years ago, he told his sister all about his plans.

She said: “He didn't tell mum he was going but he told me.

“When he got to the port before sailing he rang me.

“When he got to France he rang me.

“He rang me again for the next few days before asking if I thought mum would be ok about him coming home again.

“He would talk to me about pretty much anything.”

Police today said a team would continue to carry out inquiries into Luke's disappearance until he is located.

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PANEL - last sightings of Luke

Luke is thought to have left the Zest nightclub in Ipswich at about 2am and made his way to Ipswich railway station.

The next confirmed sighting of him was at about 3.40am near a taxi office in Old Foundry Road but he was unable to get a taxi and was advised to catch a bus from the Cattle Market.

The last CCTV images of him showed him in Dog's Head Street heading towards the bus station at about 4am.

A special section of the Evening Star website was launched at the start of the month featuring all the latest news on Luke's disappearance.

Anyone with information on Luke is asked to contact Woodbridge Police Station on 01473 721074, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the National Missing Persons Helpline on 0500 700 700.

Weblinks:

www.findluke.com

www.missingpersons.org

www.suffolk.police.uk

www.eveningstar.co.uk/lukedurbin

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