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British police to lead digs in search for Ben Needham

Ben Needham who disappeared in 1991 aged 21 months. Credit: PA Wire

British police will travel to Kos to start digs at two sites close to where Ben Needham disappeared in 1991.

South Yorkshire Police will be heading to the island over the coming weeks to follow new lines of enquiry after fresh information from a Greek man who told police his friend killed Ben in an accident involving a mechanical digger.

Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick leading the investigation said: “There will be planned operational activity at two locations on the island that have been identified as areas of interest to the investigation.

“We continue to keep an open mind and have updated Ben’s family about certain lines of enquiry we’re currently exploring.

“A dedicated policing team continues to work extremely hard to find answers for his family and keep them fully informed and supported throughout the investigation.”


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Operation Ben leader to remain in charge

Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick (L) was sent home

Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick, the senior officer responsible for Operation Ben will remain in charge of the investigation following a meeting with the Deputy Chief Constable.

The senior officer responsible for Operation Ben has now met with the Deputy Chief Constable to explain recent events on Kos. He has been advised about the high professional standards that are required.

We have been in regular contact with the Needham family throughout the last couple of days and it is a clear that they have full confidence in the investigative team. The officer will remain in charge of Operation Ben in line with the family’s wishes.

South Yorkshire Police are absolutely committed to this investigation and the team are getting on with the important task in hand.

– South Yorkshire Police

Kerry Needham: I stand by hardworking detectives in drinks row

The mother of missing Ben Needham has told ITV News that she stands by the "hardworking and passionate" detectives investigating her son's case in Kos, amid claims they spent hours drinking wine and beer.

Kerry Needham said that she is "furious" with The Sun for claiming South Yorkshire police officers working on a fresh investigation into the toddler's 1991 disappearance on the Greek island went on an eight-hour "booze-up."

"They're entitled to clock off and have a drink ... that's their business, not anybody else's," she said.

Needham branded the report "cruel, insensitive and sneaky" and said that it "may hinder the case."

A senior police officer, named in reports as Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick, has been summoned back to the UK "to provide the details of exactly what has happened."

Ben Needham: Appeal for caller from 1993 to get in touch

Detectives want to get in touch with a caller who told police in 1993 that Ben Needham's name had been changed to Andreas and he was living with a man called Nico.

Ben Needham disappeared while on holiday in Kos with his family 25 years ago, when he was 21 months old.

ITV News' Geraint Vincent reports:


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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
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£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.

Ben Needham: 1993 caller said Ben was now 'Andreas'

A mystery caller in 1993 said Ben Needham's new name was 'Andreas' according to police

British police investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham have revealed a mystery caller gave details about him in 1993, saying his new name was "Andreas".

South Yorkshire Police want the caller to get back in touch.

Ben went missing 25 years ago on the Greek island of Kos when he was one year old.

'Final official effort' to find missing Ben Needham

The farmhouse on the Greek island of Kos, where British toddler Ben Needham was last seen, is the focus for a team of British detectives who have travelled to the country in a final effort to locate the 21-month-old.

The inquiry has been given over £1 million to investigate the case but once that money runs out in October this year, the official effort to find Ben will come to an end.

ITV News' Geraint Vincent reports:

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