Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Billboard appeal over disappearance of Damien Nettles

Damien Nettles
Image caption The last sighting of Damien was on CCTV at Yorkie's fish and chip shop

The family of a boy who vanished on the Isle of Wight have rented a billboard to appeal for information on the 14th anniversary of his disappearance.

Damien Nettles, who lived locally, was 16 when he vanished after a night out in West Cowes on 2 November 1996.

The billboard in central Newport will be on display for 10 days.

Damien's family and businesses on the island have together paid for the billboard. The display will show the Hampshire Crimestoppers phone number.

It will also have information about a website dedicated to the search for Damien.

At the time of his disappearance Damien lived with his family in Woodvale Road, Gurnard, but they have since moved to the US.

The last confirmed sighting of the teenager was on CCTV at Yorkie's fish and chip shop in West Cowes High Street at about 2335 GMT the night he disappeared.

Despite numerous appeals over the years the police are no closer to knowing what happened to him.

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