Triple search for Tania, Gemma and Luke

MORE than 40 Suffolk police officers are today dedicated to finding three missing people - Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams and teenager Luke Durbin.As their families are thrown into turmoil and can only sit and wait for news, a triple investigation is under way, with even more officers being drafted in to patrol the streets.

MORE than 40 Suffolk police officers are today dedicated to finding three missing people - Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams and teenager Luke Durbin.

As their families are thrown into turmoil and can only sit and wait for news, a triple investigation is under way, with even more officers being drafted in to patrol the streets.

Police today revealed that they were investigating a possible sighting of Miss Adams in the West End Road area who was last seen on Tuesday evening and is said to be a fairly close friend of Miss Nicol, who disappeared two weeks ago.

Hollesley teenager, 19-year-old Luke has now been missing for six months and while there is not thought to be any connection between the three, his mother Nicki has described the two recent disappearances as incredibly scary.

Mrs Durbin, of Coronation Avenue, Hollesley, said: “I think it is really concerning that three people from Ipswich have gone missing in six months - it is incredibly scary.

“My heart goes out to their friends and family. I know what they are going through and I just really hope their loved ones really soon.”

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Police have today warned prostitutes to take care as they search for the missing pair who were known to work the red light districts and said they were becoming extremely concerned about the situation.

Detective Superintendent Andy Henwood who is overseeing both investigations said: “We are very concerned for both girls.

“We are treating the investigations as separate at the moment but recognise the very distinct similarities between them and are keeping an open mind in respect of linking them specifically.”

He said officers were keen to establish the routine of both girls and wanted to speak to anyone who knew them.

Miss Nicol, 19 disappeared two weeks ago and has not been in contact with friends or family since she left her home in Woolverstone Close, Ipswich at 10pm on October 31.

Miss Adams vanished at about 10pm on Tuesday night after leaving her partner in Victoria Street and heading into Ipswich town centre to work.

Known sex offenders are being targeted and police are working with the probation service to see if they have any clues as to where to focus their inquiries.

Prostitutes are also being warned to take extra precautions, to tell each other who they are with and where they are going and to look out for one another.

Police have consulted colleagues in neighbouring forces but no other prostitutes are thought to have gone missing elsewhere in East Anglia.

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Gemma is white, 5ft 2in, of slim build with long blonde hair and she a spotty complexion.

She was last seen wearing a black waterproof waist length jacket with a hood and a zip up the front, light blue jeans with studs on the pockets, a red top and white and chrome Nike trainers.

She has several gold earrings in each ear, silver rings on both hands, and she wears a black watch. She was also carrying a black handbag.

Anyone with information about Gemma's disappearance should call Suffolk police on 01473 613538 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Tania Nicol, of Woolverstone Close, Ipswich, is described as olive skinned, 5ft 2in and of slim build with shoulder length light brown hair, brown eyes and a spotty complexion.

The last time she was seen by her mother she was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans length and high heeled shoes.

Anyone with information about Tania's disappearance should call Suffolk police on 01473 613588 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

LUKE disappeared after a night out in Ipswich on May 11.

He had been clubbing with friends in Zest but they separated and Luke attempted to make his own way home.

The last confirmed sighting of the 19-year-old was at about 4am on May 12 as he entered the Cattlemarket bus station in Ipswich.

A number of officers are still working on the search for him.

Anyone with information about his disappearance should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to abduct a prostitute from Ipswich today.

However police have said the arrest is not related to the disappearance of Gemma Adams and Tania Nicol who were both working as prostitutes in the town.

The 32-year-old, from Needham Market, was stopped on the A140 at Coddenham at 1.50am today and arrested on suspicion of attempted abduction, assault and drink driving.

He is currently being held at Ipswich police station for questioning.

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