Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Damien Nettles: Fifth man held on suspicion of murder re-bailed

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

A fifth man arrested on suspicion of the murder of a teenager on the Isle of Wight 15 years ago has been re-bailed.

Damien Nettles was last seen after a night out in West Cowes on 2 November 1996, when he was aged 16.

In May, officers began searching marsh land near Newport following new information and arrested five men on suspicion of murder. They were bailed.

A 39-year-old man from Gravesend, Kent, has been re-bailed until 14 September. Four men had already been re-bailed.

They are a 48-year-old from Sandown, a 44-year-old from Cowes, a 50-year-old from Newport and a 37-year-old from Ryde - all on the Isle of Wight.

Damien had lived with his family in Woodvale Road, Gurnard, but they have since moved to Texas in the US.

Specialist teams searching for his body used rafts to comb marsh land and water at Dodnor Nature Reserve, near Newport, last month after police received new information.

The searches were unsuccessful but officers said "the search for Damien goes on".

The last confirmed sighting of Damien was on CCTV at Yorkie's fish and chip shop in Cowes High Street.

Officers urged anyone with information to contact them.

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