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DJ Derek's great niece says she'll never give up looking

Jennifer Griffiths (left) and the band of volunteers in Thornbury Credit: ITV News

The family of DJ Derek Morris today resumed their efforts to find the legendary pensioner from Bristol.

Their search has moved to Thornbury in South Gloucestershire. Police believe he took a bus there on 11 July, the morning after his last sighting at a pub in St Pauls.

DJ Derek is due to play Arcadia in Bristol on 4 September - his family are hoping against hope that he will be there Credit: ITV News

DJ Derek's great niece Jennifer Griffiths is leading the search of a stream in the town. They are prepared to go to any lengths to find him. Here she speaks from the heart:

Stream searched in hunt for missing DJ Derek

Family and friends of the missing Bristol DJ, Derek Morris, have been carrying out fresh searches, more than a month after the 73-year-old was reported missing.

They have moved their attentions to a stream in Thornbury as police believe Derek may have taken the 10.32am number 78 bus from Bristol to Thornbury on Saturday, July 11.

DJ Derek's great niece told ITV News that her family will not give up until they find out what happened to him.

DJ Derek's great niece Jennifer Griffiths with the volunteer searchers in Thornbury Credit: ITV News
The message remains the same - #FindDJDerek Credit: ITV News
Could this stream in Thornbury hold the clues to Derek's disappearance Credit: ITV News

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Police focus search for missing DJ Derek in Thornbury

DJ Derek was last seen nearly a month ago. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police now believe that missing DJ Derek may have taken the number 78 bus from Bristol to Thornbury on the night he went missing.

The 73-year-old was last seen on CCTV leaving The Criterion Pub in Ashley Road at 00.13 am on July 11th 2015.

Officers now believe that Derek may have taken the 10.32am bus from Bristol to Thornbury that evening.

This would mean Derek would have arrived in the Thornbury area between 11.20am and 12 noon.

Police are now focussing their search in that area.

I am appealing directly for anyone who regularly uses the number 78 bus on a Saturday morning from Bristol to Thornbury to have a look at the photo of Derek and see if you recall seeing him.

Equally, anyone who lives around any of the number 78 bus stops in Thornbury – do you recognise Derek and did you see him.

– DCI Matthew Iddon

Family takes to the streets in search for DJ Derek

Derek's great niece with volunteers who are going door to door in an effort to find out what has happened to the legendary DJ Credit: ITV News

The family of missing DJ Derek Morris have once again taken to the streets of Bristol to look for him.

The 73-year-old was last seen leaving the Criterion pub in St Pauls five weeks ago. His great niece has organised a team leafleting homes the area to see if anyone remembers seeing him or has any clues to his whereabouts.

Jennifer Griffiths is not giving up, despite the fact that it's been so long without news.

"The longer it gets the more I feel like we're going to get bad news. Because he still hasn't touched any money and he still hasn't been in contact. I feel like I'm losing hope".

– Jennifer Griffiths, DJ Derek's Great Niece

Police say sighting of DJ Derek in Yate is credible

DJ Derek has been missing since 11th July Credit: ITV News

Police say they are widening their appeal for information regarding missing DJ Derek Serpell-Morris.

Derek, 73, was last seen on CCTV leaving The Criterion Pub, Ashley Road, Bristol, at 00.13am on July 11.

Detectives are now calling on people from across the country to help in the search for him.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "We are still treating the sighting on July 16 or 17 in Yate as credible and we are working on the theory that Derek was passing through the Yate area."

Member of Massive Attack to play set at DJ Derek fundraiser

Daddy G from Bristol band Massive Attack, will be playing at tonight's club night, which has been organised to raise funds in the search for missing DJ Derek.

Last month, he spoke exclusively to ITV West Country about why he's added his voice to the campaign to find missing Bristol DJ Derek Morris.

He called his friend and "local hero" DJ Derek a "walking musical encyclopaedia".

The club night is happening at the bar on Corn Street where the 73-year-old was last seen nearly a month ago.

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Club night in Bristol will be raising money for DJ Derek search

DJ Derek was last seen nearly a month ago. Credit: ITV West Country

A club night will be taking place tonight in Bristol to raise money for the search for missing DJ Derek.

It's happening at the bar on Corn Street where the 73-year-old was last seen nearly a month ago.

Among those taking part in the event will be Daddy G from Bristol band Massive Attack.

Derek's family and friends will also be attending to raise awareness of his disappearance.

Missing DJ's twin says she's living in a nightmare

The twin sister of missing Bristol DJ Derek Morris has spoken exclusively to ITV News about her brother and made a fresh appeal for information about his whereabouts.

Shirley Griffiths says the wait for news is like living in a nightmare.

Police have also released new CCTV footage of his last known movements, as Robert Murphy reports.

New CCTV as search for missing DJ Derek moves to Yate

Police searching for a missing DJ say they are now re-focusing their search efforts in the Yate area following a credible new sighting.

Police have also released new CCTV footage showing the last confirmed sighting of the 73 year old.

It was captured on July 10th and shows Derek entering The Criterion Pub, Ashley Road, Bristol at around 11.38pm.

He is then seen leaving the premises at approximately 00.13am on July 11th.

DJ Derek has been missing since 23rd July but was seen by friends at Yate bus station on either July 16 or 17 at approximately midday.

New sighting of missing DJ Derek in Yate

DJ Derek, who is well-known in the music scene Credit: ITV News West Country

Police searching for missing DJ Derek Morris from Bristol say they have had a suspected sighting of the 73-year-old.

DJ Derek, as he is known, was last seen on his way home from the Commercial Rooms in Bristol on 10 July.

It has now emerged that he may have been seen by friends at Yate bus station on either 16 or 17 July at approximately midday.

Officers are now re-focusing their search in the Yate area.

They have also had sightings of Derek at Cribbs Causeway and Thornbury and are looking into any potential link with bus routes in South Gloucestershire.

Since Derek was reported missing on Thursday 23 July, we’ve conducted a thorough and wide-spread search investigation.

“This has involved detailed CCTV examinations, house to house enquiries and physical searches.

“We have also had a large number of reported sightings following our public appeal and we are working through all of these.

“This new confirmed sighting in Yate will mean we will re-focus our efforts in this area and I would ask anyone who was in the vicinity of Yate bus station on July 16/17 to come forward.

"I would also ask anyone who regularly uses public transport within Yate, Cribbs Causeway or Thornbury to come forward if they have any information.

– Detective Inspector Chris Jay, Avon & Somerset Police
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