New search for Ben Needham

Ben Needham
A new search is to be held in the hope of finding Ben Needham under a pile of rubble where it's thought he was accidentally buried in Kos. Photo: PA Wire

Diggers have moved onto a plot of land on the Greek island of Kos where it's believed Ben Needham may have been buried.

Some investigators think Ben, who was 21 months old when he vanished, was accidentally buried under a pile of rubble just yards from the villa the family were staying in in Kos at the time.

In 1991, the ground was being dug up to build a new house.

Mound near where Ben vanished
The mound under which some investigators believe Ben Needham was accidentally buried on the island of Kos. Credit: ITV Calendar

He went missing on July 24, 1991, when his mum Kerry, from Sheffield, left him with her parents Eddie and Christine while she went to work in a hotel.

The couple took Ben to a farmhouse owned by Greek friend Michaelis Kypreos.

The grandparents were eating lunch when Christine realised Ben had gone quiet while playing outside. They couldn’t find him and contacted police.

There have been more than 300 false sightings of Ben in Greece and across Europe.

But Kerry firmly believes the authorities carrying out the search will find nothing, because she is convinced her son is still alive. Her theory is that Ben was snatched from the property by someone driving a white car.

Duncan talks to Det Supt Matt Fenwick from South Yorkshire Police

Duncan Wood this morning talking to Det Supt Matt Fenwick, from South Yorkshire Police, who is in charge of the UK's investigation into the disappearance of Ben Needham.

South Yorkshire police search dogs Sid and Ben with their handlers in Kos this morning