A petition launched by the mother of missing Islander Damien Nettles has been closed after it failed to get enough signatures to prompt more discussion by MPs.

It comes as his family mark the 22nd anniversary of his disappearance.

Damien was 16 years old when he went missing on 2 November 1996.

He had been out with friends and was later caught on a security camera at the now-closed Yorkie’s Chip Shop on Cowes High Street.

His mother Valerie Nettles has been campaigning for ‘Damien’s Law‘, aimed at improving communication between all those affected and involved when someone goes missing.

Although she says the petition has “failed to resonate” with the public, she says she is not giving up in her bid to find out what happened to Damien.

Valerie is urging Islanders to pray and to light a candle for Damien today (Friday).