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Campaign to find Simon steps up

PUBLISHED: 16:28 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 11:19 03 July 2010

The poster for the Simon Everitt search.

The poster for the Simon Everitt search.

Dominic Bareham

A WEBSITE and poster campaign has been set up in an effort to track down missing Great Yarmouth man Simon Everitt.

Simon's father Vince, of Nelson Road South, has been putting up posters around shops and businesses in the town and hoped Mercury readers would cut out the poster from the paper and put it up in car or house windows.

A WEBSITE and poster campaign has been set up in an effort to track down missing Great Yarmouth man Simon Everitt.

Simon's father Vince, of Nelson Road South, has been putting up posters around shops and businesses in the town and hoped Mercury readers would cut out the poster from the paper and put it up in car or house windows.

The pub entertainer was also hoping to contact a printing company who would be able to help produce the posters which feature pictures and descriptions of the teenager, whose disappearance is being treated by police as a murder inquiry.

Mr Everitt said: “The police are producing as many posters as they can, but every time we go to the police to ask them to produce 100 or 200 posters that is taking them away from the job at hand to find Simon.”

He has created the webpage www.missingson.wetpaint.com in an effort to find the 17-year-old engineering student and to encourage other parents of missing children to contact them for support.

Many emailed messages of support have been sent to the website, including some from as far away as the USA.

The teenager's father appealed particularly to youngsters of a similar age to remain vigilant for any sightings or information that may lead to Simon's whereabouts.

He said although emphasis had been placed on any suspicious activity since the Yarmouth College student disappeared two weeks ago, events leading up to Simon going missing were just as important.

His last reported sighting was outside James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston at 11pm on June 7. The police's major investigation team launched a full scale murder enquiry after receiving a call from a member of the public on Sunday, June 15.

Mr Everitt said the police were acting on information provided in the initial call, but they had not told them who the caller was or what was said.

“All we want is that if people have done something to Simon then tell the police. If they have not, then fair enough, then give us some information we can go on. We need information - something that gives us a bit of hope now,” Mr Everitt said.

He last saw his karaoke-mad son on June 3 when he visited his father's home and told him he had been staying on friends' couches.

The last time he spoke to him was on the Friday before his disappearance when he said he was okau and talking about going back to college.

Mr Everitt said that as Simon was by nature a free spirit, he could have just decided he wanted to move on.

Simon was riding a silver, black and yellow full-suspension mountain bike when he was last seen. CCTV cameras were being checked to see where he was earlier on the night of his disappearance after leaving the town centre, near the BHS store, at 10.30pm.

Anyone with information relating to the disappearance should phone the police on 0845 4564567.

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