Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Damien Nettles: men 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

Four men arrested on suspicion of the murder of a teenager on the Isle of Wight 15 years ago have been re-bailed while police investigations continue.

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 the men on suspicion of murder. They were bailed.

The men, from the Isle of Wight, were re-bailed until 14 September.

They were 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.

A fifth man arrested on suspicion of murder on the same day, a 39-year-old from Gravesend, Kent, is due to answer police bail later.

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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