Petition For More Funding In Isle Of Wight Teenager Case

A petition's calling for more funding for Hampshire Police, to solve the case of teenager Damien Nettles' disappearance on the Isle of Wight.

16-year-old Damien, from Gurnard on the Island, was last seen during a night out in the town of Cowes in November 1996. Despite a huge murder investigation, no-one's ever been charged.

The last confirmed sighting of Damien on surviving available CCTV was in Yorkie’s fish and chip shop off Cowes High Street at 11.35pm on Saturday 2 November 1996.

Damien was also positively identified by his family from CCTV of Cowes High Street at 12.02am on Sunday 3 November 1996. This footage showed Damien walking to a bus stop and then back along the High Street eating his chips.

A petition, posted on the Parliament website, says:

'Please provide Hampshire Police with funding to find Damien Nettles remains.

'Damien Nettles aged 16 went missing 20 years ago in Cowes, Isle of Wight. His case remains a missing person despite a presumption of murder. Hampshire Police do not have the resources or funding to elevate this case. His family are desperate for justice and closure to move on. Thank you in advance.

'As the Government provided extra funding for the McCann's & Needham's, we feel Damien's case should have the same level of intervention.'

At the time of his disappearance, the description of Damien was:

- White
- Six foot three inches tall
- slim build
- short brown hair, shaved at the back
- brown eyes

He was last seen wearing:

- A black fleece jacket
- Dark blue jeans
- Black boots

The case is not closed.

Previous police actions include:

- 1,134 people have been involved in the investigation (either as investigators, witnesses, or people of interest) since Damien Nettles disappeared on November 2, 1996.
- 357 witness statements have been taken to date since November 2, 1996.
- 2,553 documents have been reviewed and processed.

Hampshire Constabulary offered a £20,000 reward between October 4, 2012 and April 4, 2013 for facts leading to the location of Damien Nettles. Police received 30 reports of information. None of the information led to new lines of enquiry.

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