Ben Needham search paused

British police have said their search for Ben Needham, who went missing on the Greek island of Kos 21 years ago, has ended for the weekend.

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Ben's mother hopes police fail to find anything in dig

Ben Needham vanished on the island of Kos in July 1991 when he was 21 months old. Credit: PA Wire

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."

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New Ben search 'narrows down the possibilities'

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:

Hopefully they won't find Ben in that rubble and it closes down another line of inquiry and narrows down the possibilities. I know that she (Mrs Needham) will be very keen for this work to be undertaken and rock solid confident, I'm sure, that they won't find Ben there.

– Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, SPEAKING TO BBC RAFIO SHEFFIELD
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