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New search for missing Ben

A team of British police officers has arrived on the Greek island of Kos to examine a mound of earth and rubble close to where Sheffield toddler Ben Needham went missing 21 years ago. The officers are leading a group of specialist search advisers

who will be supporting the Greek authorities as they decide whether to excavate the mound. Ben vanished on the island in July 1991, when he was 21 months old, after his mother and grandparents moved there from Sheffield. Despite a number of

possible sightings and a range of theories about what happened to him, no trace of youngster has been found. His mother, Kerry Needham, has spent two decades looking for her son and has consistently said she believes he was abducted and is still alive. From Kos ,Duncan Wood has sent this report.

Last-minute preparations for Ben search teams

A team of British police officers has arrived on the Greek island of Kos to examine a mound of earth and rubble close to where Yorkshire toddler Ben Needham went missing 21 years ago.

The officers are leading a group of specialist search advisers who will be supporting

the Greek authorities as they decide whether to excavate the mound. Ben, from Sheffield, vanished on the island in July 1991, when he was 21 months old, after his mother and grandparents moved there. A Calendar reporting team is on site as police prepare to start .

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Heartache for the Needham family

There is more heartache for the mother of Ben Needham as we can reveal a man in Greece is claiming to know the whereabouts of her son, but he wants half a million pounds up front before he will reveal what he knows.

Negotiations with the man have been ongoing for three weeks and the revelation has caused huge upset to Kerry Needham, as she feels her family is being held to ransom.

Although police on Kos say they are not aware of the development, Kerry's MP Angela Smith will be contacting the Foreign Office, asking for the Greek authorities to intervene. Mark Witty has this exclusive report.

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Exclusive: More heartache for mother of Ben Needham

Looking for answers: Kerry Needham Credit: Calendar

There is yet more heartache for the mother of Ben Needham as Calendar can reveal a man in Greece is claiming to know the whereabouts of her son - but wants half a million pounds up front before he will reveal what he knows.

Negotiations with the man have been ongoing for three weeks, and the revelation has caused huge upset to Kerry Needham, as she feels her family is being held to ransom. Kerry's MP Angela Smith will be contacting the Foreign Office, asking for the Greek authorities to intervene.

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