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Needhams plan legal action over Government delay for inquiry funding help

The family of Ben Needham are planning legal action against the Home Secretary over the Government's delay in responding to a police request for funding to further investigate leads.

Earlier this year South Yorkshire Police asked the Home Office for help to investigate leads not properly followed up since Ben's disappearance from Kos in July 1991

Now a human rights lawyer has agreed to represent the family, for nothing, in a bid to force a reply from Theresa May. Mark Witty reports

Policing Minister Mike Penning said:

"In autumn 2012 the Home Office agreed to give South Yorkshire Police a Special Grant to assist their investigation into the disappearance of Ben Needham.

"We have been in contact with South Yorkshire Police over recent months regarding a further Special Grant request and this was received last month. It is currently under consideration.”