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Ben Needham appeal to Greek media

Leaflet being distributed in Kos

A press conference is underway on the island of Kos in Greece with officers from South Yorkshire police appealing for help in their search for missing Ben Needham.

A leaflet is being distributed throughout the island, bearing a picture of Ben as he was when he disappeared at the age of two, 25 years ago. Calendar's Duncan Wood is at the press conference and he spoke to Detective Inspector Jon Cousins before it began.


Operation Ben detectives to make fresh appeal to Kos islanders

Senior detectives from South Yorkshire Police are on the Greek island of Kos tonight preparing to launch a major new appeal in the search for Ben Needham who will have been missing for 25 years in July.

They're following up new leads from Operation Ben, the Home Office backed inquiry that's gone back over all the evidence gathered over more than two decades.

They're also targeting the islanders themselves to try and find the piece of the jigsaw that could solve the mystery.

You can watch a full video report below:

Ben Needham: Police prepare to make major appeal in Kos

Police investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham are to make a major appeal on the island of Kos .

A team of ten detectives from Operation Ben are travelling to Greece where they will hold a press conference tomorrow from the farmhouse where Ben went missing on July 24, 1991.

Calendar's Duncan Wood is in Kos and sent us this.


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.

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