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Kerry Needham left numb by new evidence in search for Ben

Kerry Needham has told ITV Calendar that she has been left numb by new evidence in the search for her missing son.

Ben Needham was 21 months old when he disappeared on the Greek island of Kos more than 25 year ago.

South Yorkshire detectives have now told Kerry that they believe Ben died on the day he vanished, after a new witness came forward to say that the toddler had been struck by a JCB digger near where he was last seen.

Kerry has been told to prepare herself for the worst.

"This time I think it's to finalise it. To finalise it. Lay it to rest. Lay Ben to rest. Lay our lives to rest if you like. I don't know where we will go from there after, I don't know."

– Kerry Needham

Watch the full exclusive interview with Kerry Needham on ITV Calendar at 6pm tonight.

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Kerry Needham: I don't want to believe my son is dead

Kerry Needham has told ITV Calendar that she does not want to believe her son, Ben, who vanished 25 years ago on the Greek island of Kos, is dead.

Kerry has been told by South Yorkshire detectives that they think Ben was killed in a tragic accident on the day he disappeared.

She says she is in a state of shock and is struggling to process the new information that has come to light.

"We don't want to accept it. We don't want to believe it. We've lived for 25 years with that hope that one day he will come through the door. We don't want to accept it. It's going to be difficult, really really difficult"

– Kerry Needham

Watch the full exclusive interview with Kerry Needham on ITV Calendar at 6pm tonight.

Police tell Ben Needham's mother they think he is dead

South Yorkshire detectives have told Kerry Needham they believe that her son Ben, who vanished 25 years ago on the Greek island of Kos, died on the day he disappeared.

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The last appeal for information about Ben's disappearance in May this year is thought to have brought the vital piece of information that detectives had been searching for.

Kerry has been told that police believe Ben, who was 21 months old, died in a tragic accident in the lane outside the farmhouse where he was last seen.

He is believed to have been fatally injured by a JCB digger that was working in the area at the time.

114 calls to South Yorkshire Police following Ben Needham appeal on Greek TV

South Yorkshire police officers who are investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham nearly 25 years ago say they are following up 114 calls made after they appeared on a Greek TV programme last night.

The show, 'Light At The End Of The Tunnel' on Alpha TV in Athens, is dedicated to missing people.

Detective Inspector Jon Cousins says they received "information of interest," following their appearance. They are continuing to look into a claim that Ben's name was changed to Andreas and he was with a man called Nicos two years after he vanished.

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