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Kerry Needham: Ben investigation going well

Kerry Needham spoke to Gaynor Barnes in our studio about the latest developments in Greece, as well as the "Thunderclap" social media campaign by Ben's Facebook team, which has reached more than a million people.

She also spoke of how she has coped since March, when she visited Greece to meet a man who thought he was Ben.

DNA sadly proved this was not the case.

24 years on since Ben Needham went missing

The 24th anniversary of Ben Needham's disappearance from Kos is being marked today, as officers from Operation Ben reveal information for the first time about their investigations in Greece earlier this year.

Ben, aged 21 months, vanished from outside the farmhouse his grandad Eddie was renovating in the north of the island.

For more than two decades the Needhams have believed a prisoner in a Greek jail and a notorious criminal family in the north of the country had vital evidence about Ben's whereabouts

After 24 years they have finally been interviewed, and what they said may have changed the course of the investigation.

Mark Witty reports:

New information in search for Ben Needham

Police investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham have revealed information about a recent trip to Greece, where they interviewed people who have been linked to the case for two decades.

24 years ago today Ben Needham went missing

Ben was 21 months old when he disappeared from the island of Kos 24 years ago today.

Detectives say they have spoken to a prisoner in jail who claimed to know Ben's whereabouts 19 years ago. Detective Inspector Jon Cousins from South Yorkshire Police says officers are analysing the testimony to see if the man's evidence is plausible.


Police to examine fresh lead in Ben Needham case

Police in South Yorkshire are to examine another lead which emerged after the case of Ben Needham was featured on Greek TV last night.

It is the second time in a week the story has taken centre stage on one of the country's most popular programmes.

Calendar's interview with Det Insp Jon Cousins and Det Supt Matt Fenwick was broadcast on Greek TV last night

The programme "Light at the End of the Tunnel" ran updates on the show last night after an appearance by Ben's family and South Yorkshire Police the week before prompted hundred of calls and emails about Ben's disappearance from Kos in July 1991.

That appeal created seven leads described by South Yorkshire Police as "potentially interesting".

Last night the programme ran Calendar footage of Kerry's reaction back in the UK and spoke to the Greek-born Police Inspector Panos Dedes , who has been seconded to South Yorkshire from Northumbria Police, who appealed for information.

Insp Panos Dedes during Skype interview

Earlier in the programme a picture was sent which the presenter , Aggeliki Nikolouli, clearly believed had a resemblance to Ben .

Greek TV presenter Aggeliki Nikolouli looks at photo sent in

This was forwarded to Inspector Dedes to show the Operation Ben team and the Needham family, who were watching the programme through a live web link.

It could be a number of weeks until all the calls from the programme on May 15 are followed up, but Kerry believes the Greek public have a major part to play in solving the family's 24-year agony.

Kerry Needham to appeal on Greek TV

The family of Ben Needham will lead a fresh appeal on Greek television tonight for information into the toddler's disappearance 24 years ago.

Ben went missing 24 years ago

Ben's mother, Kerry, and South Yorkshire Police investigators will appear on the programme Light at the End of the Tunnel which tries to reunite missing people with their families

Calendar producer to appear on new Greek TV appeal for missing Ben

Calendar producer Mark Witty has made a film which will be broadcast to million in a major appeal on Greek television to try and find Ben Needham who vanished as a toddler on the holiday island of Kos almost 24 years ago.

Ben's mother Kerry, grandmother Christine and sister Leighanna will also take part in Friday's televised appeal alongside the new inquiry into his disapperance.

Also travelling to Greece to appear on the programme will be Calendar producer Mark Witty who spoke to Duncan Wood and Gaynor Barnes.

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