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Police searching for the body of toddler Ben Needham, who disappeared 21 years ago on the Greek island of Kos, have started scouring an area close to where he went missing.
British police searching for missing Ben Needham are expected to start digging up an area close to where he went missing in Greece on Friday.
His mother Kerry told the Daily Mirror she has lived her life "convinced" she would see Ben again one day but the new search has "put doubts" into her head for the first time.
She added: "If they find Ben's body I'm finished. I don't want to hear they have found my son's bones. I want to hear he is alive, well and happy.
"I want them to do this search and then rule it out. Then we can all move on and concentrate on finding my son."
ITV News' Duncan Wood reports from Kos, as police prepare to search an area, near to where toddler Ben Needham was last seen in 1991. The searches are expected to get underway on Friday.
Police officers from South Yorkshire Police are helping in the latest search for Ben Needham in Kos. They say the latest effort is an attempt to eliminate the possibility that Ben came to harm. For the latest updates on the search visit ITV Calendar.
The mother of Ben Needham has told ITV Calendar she is treating the latest search, due to take place in Kos on Friday, as an elimination process.
She says she hopes that by ruling out Ben is in the area he went missing from, a worldwide search can begin.
As part of the family's search for Ben Needham a digital image was put together showing how he may look today.
Police are working out exactly which areas of ground they need to examine on the Greek island of Kos in the search for Ben Needham. They have been joined by an archaeologist. Read more about the search from ITV Calendar.
Ben Needham's mother, Kerry, said previously it was "very unlikely" that her son could be buried beneath the mound, because she believes it was there when he disappeared. But MP Angela Smith, who has supported the Needham family, says the search is still important:
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Sniffer dogs and diggers have arrived at a vacant plot on the Greek Island of Kos where police have launched a new search for Ben Needham.
British police searching for missing Ben Needham will start digging up an area close to where he went missing in Greece.