South Yorkshire Police say they have found no evidence to link to a Greek Gypsy family to the disappearance of Ben Needham 24-years ago.
Ben disappeared from Kos in July 1991. In the last week officers have been in northern Greece investigating claims that a particular family may have been responsible, but no link was found. The team also followed up leads resulting from a Greek TV appeal , but police say nothing of significance has yet emerged from the calls.
Over the past week, a team of officers from South Yorkshire Police have been in the northern region of mainland Greece, thoroughly investigating claims made over the past 20 years that a particular family may have been responsible for the disappearance of Ben Needham from the island of Kos in July 1991.
That investigation has not found any evidence to link that family to Ben's disappearance, or that they have any knowledge of his current whereabouts. The team has also followed up many leads which came as a result of the direct appeal to the Greek people, speaking with several of those who came forward. Although some of those enquiries are yet to be finalised, there is nothing of significance at this time to identify how Ben disappeared or his current whereabouts.
The investigation is continuing to ensure that all further potential lines of enquiry are pursued and we are ensuring Ben's family is kept updated.
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.
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.
Earlier in the programme a picture was sent which the presenter , Aggeliki Nikolouli, clearly believed had a resemblance to Ben .
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.
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'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
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There has been a major breakthrough in a family's campaign for justice for their 17-year-old son who died after being allegedly attacked by bouncers at a Greek nightclub more than five years ago.
Matthew Cryer, from Killamarsh, was on his first holiday abroad without his parents when he was killed on the island of Zante.
Lawyers have told his family that the Greek authorities are finally going to charge four members of the nightclub staff in connection with his death. David Hirst reports.
The parents of a Yorkshire teenager who died after being allegedly attacked by bouncers at a Greek nightclub have had a major breakthrough in their fight for justice. Lawyers for Matthew Cryer's family say the Greek authorities are about to charge four members of the nightclub staff.
David Hirst talks to Jo Froud Matthew's mum about the family's five year fight for justice in his report.
The mother of a teenager from South Yorkshire who died at the foot of a nightclub stairs on a Greek island has welcomed the news that there could at last be prosecutions.
17 year-old student, Matthew Cryer, was on his first holiday without his parents when he was ejected from a nightclub and found dead at the bottom of a steep flight of stairs on the island of Zante.
His parents have been campaigning for justice since his death five years ago and now they have been informed by their lawyers in Zante that prosecutors are going ahead with a case against the nightclub owners and three of the bouncers.
Matthew's mother, Jo Froud, from Killamarsh, near Sheffield, said it was likely a lesser charge than murder could be brought against the men.
it could be next year before the case comes to trial.
There is new controversy at one of the country's most criticised hospital trusts tonight amid claims staff shortages are so bad, health chiefs are flying to Greece to recruit more nurses.
NHS bosses at three hospitals in Lincolnshire leave for Athens tomorrow - with the aim of taking on 50 Greek nurses to work on wards back here.
It comes after Lincolnshire's Hospital Trust was exposed for its high death rates, low staffing and poor training. So will flying in nurses from fifteen hundred miles away solve the problems? Kate Hemingway reports.
A team from Lincolnshire's Hospitals Trust is preparing to fly out to Greece, to try and recruit more foreign nurses to work in the county.
35 new nurses, who were all required to take an English test, have already been appointed by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust following a drive earlier this year in Spain and Portugal.
This trip to Greece is to interview further candidates. The Trust's Chief executive Jane Lewington says it's facing a major battle when it comes to recruiting and keeping nurses in their jobs