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South Yorkshire Police following up new leads in the search for Ben Needham

Detectives from South Yorkshire Police are tonight following up new leads in the search for Ben Needham after an appeal on the Greek island of Kos yesterday.

They say they have taken calls directly referring to Ben's name being changed to Andreas - and the man called Nicos who he was supposed to be with two years after he vanished.

They spent the day making inquiries across the island and say they are encouraged by the response of the public.

Click below for our latest report from Kos

Ben Needham appeal: Detectives encouraged by response in Kos

South Yorkshire Police say they are already following up new leads in the search for Ben Needham after an appeal on the Greek island of Kos yesterday.

Officers want to find a mystery caller who told a missing persons' helpline that Ben Needham had been renamed Andreas and was being cared for by a man called Nikos.

They say the response from the public to the appeal has been very encouraging.

Click below for the latest from Duncan Wood

Bid to trace 'Nikos and Andreas' in search for Ben

A forensic paper chase by Operation Ben, set up to find out what happened to the Sheffield toddler Ben Needham on the island of Kos nearly 25 years ago, has led to a targeted appeal by detectives.

They have revealed they want to find a mystery caller who told a missing persons' helpline that Ben Needham had been renamed Andreas and was being cared for by a man called Nikos. Calendar's Duncan Wood was at this morning's press conference on Kos.

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Kerry Needham: Case is 'heading in right direction'

Kerry Needham Credit: PA

Ben Needham's mother, Kerry, says the case is heading in the right direction with the revelation of the 'Andreas' lead.

Police want to contact a caller who rang in 1993 saying they knew where Ben was and that his name had been changed to Andreas.

It's fabulous news that detectives have revealed this information - it's a very strong lead and I have all faith in the police to take this further. It's great that it's been released to the public and the case is heading in the right direction.

– Kerry Needham - Ben's mum

£10,000 reward for Greeks to find Ben Needham

South Yorkshire Police hope a £10,000 reward being offered in Greece for evidence leading to the discovery of Ben Needham will bring new leads.

They particularly hope to hear back from a caller who rang with information in 1993, saying he knew where Ben was and that his name had been changed to Andreas. Here is Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick, speaking on the island of Kos where two-year-old Ben went missing 25 years ago.

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