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Ben Needham's sister: 'I will always remain hopeful'

Leighanna Needham Credit: GMB

The sister of missing Sheffield toddler Ben Needham has spoken of her hope that her brother is 'still out there'.

Leighanna Needham, speaking on Good Morning Britain, said the family remained 'stuck in limbo', as they had done for the past 25 years.

South Yorkshire Police have said they believe Ben was killed in a digger accident on the day he went missing. On Saturday they have found a toy car which they believe could have belonged to Ben.

But Leighanna says that whilst her mum, Kerry, broke down when shown the toy, as she 'vaguely remembered' a similar toy car, her nan was 'only 90 per cent sure' that it was similar to the one that Ben had.

What I can't stress enough is that my nan is only 90 per cent sure that it was one that was similar to the one that Ben had. We can't say for definite that it is Ben's toy car. Over the three weeks of the dig, they have come across a number of toys, that farmhouse has been a family home to a many people throughout many generations so it could be Ben's, it could not be Ben's.

– Leighanna Needham

Leighanna added that she was 'half angry' that the search didn't find Ben, and spoke of the huge toll it has taken on her family.

I don't think my grandparents can take much more, it has absolutely destroyed my family .... I will always remain hopeful that he is still out there.

– Leighanna Needham

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