Damien Nettles

Damien Nettles at 16 and projected to 27Damien Nettles went missing at the age of 16 in mysterious circumstances on 2 November 1996. He has never been found.

The Nettles family have had the continued support of thousands of Islanders in their search for Damien. Campaigns for information leading to his remains take place as each year passes.

Rewards of £20,000 by the Police and £10,000 from a local businessman have sadly led nowhere in providing closure for Damien’s family.

Sophie’s on an Isle of Wight Challenge for missing cousin, Damien Nettles

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Sophie was just 12 when her cousin, Damien Nettles, went missing in 1996. This weekend she is planning to walk 32 miles from Chale to Cowes to raise awareness and money for the Missing Persons charity.

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018 1:19pm

By Ian Roullier

Damien Nettles’ mother raises awareness for missing people Centre of Excellence campaign (updated)

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Mother of missing Isle of Wight teenager, Damien Nettles, was recently a guest of honour at a carol service for the charity Missing People. She has also spoken about the campaign for the introduction of a Centre of Excellence in relation to missing people.

Thursday, 21st December, 2017 7:17am

By Sally Perry

Islanders urged to write to MP over Damien’s Law

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Those campaigning for Damien's Law tell OnTheWight that despite contact through various means they have not received any support from Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Bob Seely. They are now urging Islanders to write to him calling for support.

Sunday, 12th November, 2017 10:51am

By Sally Perry

Damien Nettles missing for 21 years. Those with information urged to come forward

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On the 21st anniversary of the disappearance of Isle of Wight teenager, Damien Nettles, those who know vital information about his case are urged to come forward in order to give his family some closure.

Thursday, 2nd November, 2017 9:14am

By Sally Perry

Damien’s Law gains high profile support, but not from Isle of Wight MP say campaigners

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Just a couple of weeks away from the 21st anniversary of the disappearance of Isle of Wight teenager, Damien Nettles, campaigners say they've received high profile support for Damien's Law, but still no response from the MP, Bob Seely.

Tuesday, 17th October, 2017 8:23pm

By Sally Perry

Damien Nettles: Tributes on his 37th birthday

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On the 37th birthday of missing Isle of Wight teenager, Damien Nettles, a new Website has been launched and tonight between 8-10pm tributes will be posted on Twitter with the hashtag #Candle4Damien.

Wednesday, 21st June, 2017 9:51am

By Sally Perry

Damien Nettles: IPCC respond to police investigation complaint

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Hampshire Constabulary had agreed that confidence in the 20 year investigation into the disappearance of Damien Nettles had been lost and having the IPCC look into it was the way forward. The family heard back from the IPCC today.

Friday, 24th February, 2017 7:14pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Damien Nettles Petition: Boost needed to call for Government funds

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It's hard to comprehend the twenty years of pain the family of Damien Nettles have been through. This petition calling on the government to allocate proper funding to search for what the family believe will be Damien's remains needs another 6,000 signatures before 9th February. Can you help?

Wednesday, 25th January, 2017 3:24pm

By Sally Perry

Family of Damien Nettles lodge complaint over police handling of missing teenager’s case

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Valerie Nettles explained this week that she's lodged another complaint against Hampshire Constabulary for their handling of the case of her missing son, Damien Nettles.

Tuesday, 20th December, 2016 12:59pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Mother of missing Isle of Wight teenager calls for ‘Damien’s Law’ to be introduced

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Valerie Nettles says young males continue to go under the radar in missing person cases and calls for a number of changes in the way missing persons cases are handled by police.

Tuesday, 6th December, 2016 8:26am

By Sally Perry

Operation Ridgewood: 20th anniversary of the disappearance of Damien Nettles

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On the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of Damien Nettles, Police say that any new searches would have to be based on verifiable information and not "fictions fuelled by the repetition of rumour".

Wednesday, 2nd November, 2016 2:57pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Damien Nettles: Boost for campaign to secure funds to help find remains

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Ian Brownhill, a International Human Rights lawyer, has joined the team to try and secure funding so Hampshire police can get involved in the dig to search for Damien's remains.

Thursday, 27th October, 2016 12:54pm

By Sally Perry with one comment