Mum's despair over missing Luke

NICKI Durbin, mother of missing teenager Luke, today spoke at her increasing despair in the search for her son as no new lines of enquiry have been opened.

NICKI Durbin, mother of missing teenager Luke, today spoke at her increasing despair in the search for her son as no new lines of enquiry have been opened.

The 38-year-old said that a year and two months after Luke's disappearance it is becoming harder to keep his name in the public eye.

Ms Durbin, of Coronation Avenue, Hollesley, has spent months tirelessly campaigning to raise awareness of her son's disappearance and has appeared on documentaries, in national newspapers and magazines.

She said: “As time goes on it gets more difficult. It is not easy to think of new ideas to generate interest in his case though the hits on Luke's website are still high and people remain very generous with offers of help.

“There is nothing I wouldn't do to get him back.”

In June, Ms Durbin was invited to speak in London at the launch of Missing People - the former National Missing Persons Helpline.

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She said: “It was very emotional and I am in contact with a number of families who have missing children.”

On May 13, to mark the year's anniversary since Luke's disappearance, Nicki organised a fundraising event held at the Riverside Theatre, in Woodbridge.

She said: “The anniversary was very traumatic. There had been a potential sighting in London but nothing came of it.

“Luke's event didn't bring any new lines of enquiry so you end up going round and round in circles. Two months have gone by now since then.

“I wake up each day and wonder if today will be the day we find out what happened to him. I cry at some point everyday but I'm not going to give up.”

Luke was last seen at about 4am on May 12 when he was spotted on CCTV in the Buttermarket area of Ipswich.

Anyone with information about Luke's whereabouts should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Missing People on 0500 700700

For more information about Luke's disappearance visit www.findluke.com .

Do you have a message for Luke or his family? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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