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Police in Cyprus have said that DNA tests on a man who could have been missing Ben Needham have come back negative.

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Video: demand for more support for Needham family

The Prime Minister has described the continuing search for Ben Needham, from Sheffield, as heartbreaking - and says he will see what he can do to increase the level of support for his family.

David Cameron was put on the spot in the Commons this afternoon by the Needham's MP, who demanded to know why Ben's mother wasn't getting the same backing as the parents of Madeline McCann.

Ben vanished 22 years ago on the island of Kos. Today his grandfather Eddie said he hopes the Prime Minister keeps his promise.

Paul Brand reports.

MP calls for Government cash to help find missing Ben

Kerry Needham's MP has today questioned the Prime Minister over financial backing for the search for Kerry's son Ben, who disappeared from Kos 22 years ago.

Angela Smith, the Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, asked David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions, why Ben's case is not getting the same Government support as the search for Madeleine McCann and urged him to sanction funds to help find Ben.

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Missing Ben DNA test is negative

Missing Ben Needham
Missing toddler Ben Needhaam Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The family of missing Ben Needham, from Sheffield, say they remain "strong and resolute" as they continue their search for him after a DNA test on a young man on Cyprus proved negative.

Ben's mother, Kerry Needham, and her family spent Ben's 24th birthday waiting for results of tests on a young man featured in video footage shot in Cyprus that emerged this week.

But last night the official Help Find Ben Needham Facebook page confirmed the DNA comparison analysis was not a match.

The post said: "The Needham family have, in the last few minutes......had confirmation that the DNA results on the man in Cyprus have came back as negative.

"This, again, is more disappointment for Kerry and her family. However, they remain strong and resolute in their search for Ben, and there are other leads currently being looked into which keeps their hopes alive."

Kerry Needham, the mother of missing toddler Ben
Kerry Needham, the mother of missing toddler Ben Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Ben went missing on the Greek island of Kos 22 years ago, when he was a toddler.

The man who handed himself in to authorities in Cyprus this week has facial similarities with reconstructions of how Ben may now look, the family said.

He came forward after a video emerged of him at a church in Limassol, on the island.

Ben vanished on July 24, 1991 after travelling to Kos with his mother and grandparents, Eddie and Christine, who were renovating a farmhouse in the village of Iraklise.

Over the years there have been a number of possible sightings and a range of theories about what happened to him.

Last year a major new police operation focused on a mound of earth and rubble close to where Ben was last seen but no trace of him was found.

Romanian has DNA test in search for missing Ben

Missing Ben Needham
Missing Ben Needham Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The family of the missing Sheffield toddler Ben Needham have suffered another set back after it emerged that a young man being investigated in Cyprus is probably not Ben.

The man, said to bear a resemblance to one of the updated e-fit pictures which have been released in the search for Ben, handed himself into the Greek police this afternoon and has undergone a DNA test voluntarily.

The results of the DNA test should be known in two or three days. But tonight Kerry Needham played down the development saying the Roma family he was with were related to his girlfriend.

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Fresh calls for Greek police to investigate child trafficking

Police in Larissa have confirmed to Calendar that they have received calls about Ben Needham,among the hundreds of inquiries about Maria, the girl who was recently discovered in a gypsy camp in northern Greece.

Although South Yorkshire Police are ruling out any connection with the Sheffield toddler, who disappeared from Kos in 1991, Ben's mum Kerry says the case proves children can **be hidden from authorities.

Kerry is calling for detectives to further investigate the camp to see if anyone in there has been involved in child trafficking.

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