Mother's plea after son goes missing following rave on New Year's Eve
THE mother of a 20-year-old who has been missing since he went to a rave on New Year's Eve is urging him to get in contact.
Julie Rowlinson-Bates said her son, Dale, was last seen by friends inside the Q Club in Birmingham in the early hours of New Year's Day.
The 20-year-old sent a text message to his mother to wish her a happy new year but his mobile phone has been dead since then and he has not returned home to Coton Park, Linton.
Mrs Rowlinson-Bates, 44, said: "He's a bit of a joker and has a good heart.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
"He's just a smashing lad, a likeable lad.
"It's very unusual and very out of character for Dale not to return with his friends and be in touch with anybody. He's always come home fine."
Police say Dale was last seen at the Q Club, Corporation Street, at about 5.30am on New Year's Day.
He said: "Dale sent a text message to his mother at around 8.30pm to wish her a happy new year and to say that he had little battery left on his phone.
"Since that time no-one has been able to contact him."
Mrs Rowlinson-Bates said that, when Dale did not return, she became concerned.
She said: "I contacted family and they hadn't heard from him and his friends hadn't either.
"He normally leaves with them but on this occasion he didn't.
"Nobody can seem to shed any light on it.
"The fact nobody has seen him leave the rave just doesn't make sense."
A police spokesman said officers in Derbyshire were liaising with colleagues in the West Midlands to try to locate Dale.
No-one at the Q Club was available for comment.
A former pupil of Paulet High School in Stapenhill, Dale is currently unemployed, having previously worked at Johnson Controls and Waterstones as a hub worker.
His family moved to Coton Park from Stapenhill in August.
Anyone who might have seen Dale is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101.