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Kerry Needham appeals for more funding for missing Ben investigation

Kerry Needham is continuing her campaign to find her son Ben, who disappeared from the Greek island of Kos in 1991.

Next week Ben will be 25-years-old. 23 of those years he's been apart from his mum, grandparents and all his family including his sister Leighanna.

In recent years Kerry has stepped up efforts to secure funding for South Yorkshire Police to investigate leads which the family believes have never been investigated fully.

In 2012 South Yorkshire officers joined a team to excavate the farmhouse from where Ben disappeared, but found nothing. Kerry joined Gaynor and Duncan in the studio with her daughter Leighanna and the new addition to the family, Ben's niece Hermione.

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Needham family make fresh appeal for support twenty-three years on

Twenty-three years ago today a Sheffield toddler disappeared on the Greek island of Kos leaving his family distraught, devastated and bewildered.

The passing decades have done little to change those feelings and the case of Ben Needham remains one of the great unsolved mysteries.

Today his mum Kerry has made a fresh appeal to the Prime Minister to help investigate leads and end the on-going agony.

Mark Witty has been speaking to her:

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Ben Needham's mum's message of support for McCanns

Missing toddler Ben Needham Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The mother of missing South Yorkshire toddler Ben Needham has sent a message of support to the parents of missing Madeleine McCann who disappeared in Portugal in 2007.

This week a team of British and Portugese police officers began searching wasteland in the holdiay resort of Praia da Luz.

Kerry Needdham said: "I completely understand and know how Kate and Gerry must be feeling right now.

"It is the most horrific thought and feeling that any parent can go through - knowing that police are going to be digging up ground and there is a chance your child could be buried there - it's horrendous.

"When the dig was going on in Kos I was 99 per cent sure they would not find Ben - but there was always that 1 per cent chance they could - and that's very hard to cope with.

"There are some similarities between Ben's case and Madeleine's, and then again there is not. We are just two families who want to know where our children are. My thoughts are with them"

Ben Needham campaign calls on Twitter users to #HelpFindBen

The campaign to find Ben Needham has taken to Twitter for a special "Tweet for Ben" day.

The Sheffield toddler went missing on the island of Kos in 1991.

The account @FindBenNeedham is tweeting high-profile celebrities to raise awareness of their search.

Kerry Needham interview

The mother of Ben Needham says the Prime Minister has refused to give her son's case the same financial backing as the McCann family.

Last month Kerry's MP Angela Smith asked David Cameron whether the Needhams could get similar funds as those given to the McCanns in the search for their daughter, Madeline.

In a written reply David Cameron says the National Crime Agency has supported South Yorkshire police, but made no mention of extra money for the Needham case. Kerry came into the Calendar studio and spoke to Christine Talbot.

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