Luke's mother speaks of waiting ordeal

A DESPERATE mother has today spoken about her anxious wait for news of her 19-year-old son who has been missing for more than two weeks.Sitting in the kitchen of her Hollesley home Nicki Durbin tried to put into words the sheer torment she has been through since her son Luke vanished without trace 18 days ago.

A DESPERATE mother has today spoken about her anxious wait for news of her 19-year-old son who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Sitting in the kitchen of her Hollesley home Nicki Durbin tried to put into words the sheer torment she has been through since her son Luke vanished without trace 18 days ago.

She said: “The first week I couldn't sleep at all but now I am so shattered that I do get some sleep ­­- but then I wake up and the fact that Luke is missing hits me again.

“We are a very close family and Luke's sister Alicia, who will be 17 on Thursday, is devastated. We just cannot understand what has happened to him.

“He cannot simply have disappeared. Even when things weren't going well for him in the past he would always stay in contact with us. It is totally out of character for him not to let us know where he is.

“The last two weeks have been a complete nightmare.”

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On Thursday May 11, the day Luke disappeared, Mrs Durbin was in the bath when he called out to say goodbye and he then travelled to Woodbridge where he left his motorbike at a friend's house.

After a few drinks in Woodbridge the friends had taken a taxi to Ipswich and then gone to Zest nightclub. During the evening Luke's friend went to get some more drinks and when he returned he couldn't find him.

“It was very strange because nothing had happened during the evening - there hadn't been an argument or anything like that,” she said.

Luke had planned to spend the night at his friend's house in Woodbridge and it wasn't until Saturday that Mrs Durbin realised that something was wrong.

It was soon discovered that as well as leaving his motorbike at his friend's house, Luke had also left his mobile phone there.

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

He was last seen walking in the direction of Major's Corner and was also seen earlier at Ipswich station, possibly trying to get a train to Woodbridge. Police would like to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Luke at any time during the evening.

During the first week of Luke's disappearance 37-year-old Mrs Durbin was scared to leave her home in Coronation Avenue, Hollesley in case he tried to contact her but since then she and her friends have been distributed hundreds of posters in Ipswich and Woodbridge in the hope of jogging someone's memory.

“Everyone has been very kind. When we have been out putting up posters people have come up to us and wished us luck and I had a card the other day from a lady who said I was in her thoughts and that she was praying for Luke's safe return. She signed it from 'a mother and grandmother',”

Details of Luke's disappearance are featured at www.FINDLUKE.com and one of his friends has texted Luke's picture to everyone she knows and asked them to forward it on to everyone in their address books.

If anyone has any information about Luke they can contact Woodbridge police station on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111.

Alternatively the National Missing Persons Helpline can be contacted in confidence on 0500 700 700. Luke is white, 5ft 10 inches tall, of slim build and has blue eyes.

He was wearing blue jeans, a black shirt, brown suede shoes and possibly a blue/grey sweatshirt on the night he disappeared.