Mum in plea over plight of the missing

THE mother of missing teenager Luke Durbin is to take part in a march to urge the Government to establish a dedicated missing person's team in every police force.

THE mother of missing teenager Luke Durbin is to take part in a march to urge the Government to establish a dedicated missing person's team in every police force.

Nicki Durbin is hoping the event, which takes place on March 12 in London highlights the plight of thousands of missing people across the UK and encourages the Government to establish a support group for friends and relatives.

Ms Durbin, of Coronation Avenue, Hollesley, near Woodbridge, said: “There is only one charity for 'missing' and the families left behind, Missing People. They helped enormously with publicity but they are limited in their resources in being able to offer coping strategies, counselling and a basic support group facility.

“I have learnt to live my 'parallel lives', as all families of the missing have to, but at times I have felt so desperate in not being able to deal with the overwhelming despair, I have called all number of organisations but I don't fit their criteria.”

Luke, 19, vanished on May 12, 2006, after a night out with friends at Zest nightclub in Ipswich. He was last seen on CCTV in The Buttermarket area about 4am.

The march is starting in Cumberland Place, London, at 10am on March 12. Anyone wishing to attend should email: themissing@hotmail.co.uk.