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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.

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.


Ben Needham: Kos search finished for this week

South Yorkshire Police have released a statement about their search for Ben Needham who went missing in Greece 21 years ago:

Police teams out in Kos have not found anything this week. The search has now been completed at about 4pm, Greek time today, Friday 26, October. South Yorkshire Police are continuing to support the Greek authorities and Ben’s family.

– Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick

Excavation enters seventh day

The mother of Ben Needham is tonight flying home to Sheffield, after an emotional return to the island of Kos where her son disappeared 21 years ago. Kerry has been on the island since the weekend with members of her family, hoping against hope

that nothing will be found in the excavation of the site from where Ben vanished in July 1991. The massive operation, involving UK Police and Greek volunteers, today went into its seventh day - with no sign of anything being discovered. Duncan Wood reports from Kos.


Search for Ben Needham takes new turn

Home office experts are using the first ever device of its kind to search the area around a farmhouse on Kos where Ben Needham was last seen more that 21 years ago. The ground penetrating radar system has been developed for x-raying the ground beneath concrete.

This morning they used the machine on a nearby driveway. A JCB digger was also on farmland moving earth today and workers with chainsaws were cutting back trees in the search area. The search is due to last until at least the end of this week.

World's media joins search in Kos

Television crews and reporters from all over the world join the police team in Greece. Credit: Calendar

News organisations from across the world have sent crews and reporters to Kos in Greece to follow the progress of South Yorkshire Police, as they search for clues relating to the disappearance of Ben Needham.

Ben, who was just 21 months old at the time, went missing on July 24, 1991, when his mum Kerry, from Sheffield, left him with her parents Eddie and Christine while she went to work in a hotel.

Today an excavation of the site where some investigators believe Ben may have been buried in rubble, has begun.

Police use radar to search for Ben

Ben Needham Credit: South Yorkshire Police

An excavation at the farmhouse where Sheffield toddler Ben Needham went missing 21 years ago has begun this morning. Search experts will use ground penetrating radar at the site on the Greek holiday island of Kos in an attempt to eliminate the possibility that he came to any harm there.

Cold case officers from South Yorkshire police are among the team from the UKwho are working alongside Greek authorities at the farmhouse in the village of Herakles .

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