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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Ground to be examined ahead of dig for missing Ben

South Yorkshire Police is leading a team of specialist search advisers who have travelled to the Greek island of Kos to support the Greek authorities as they search for missing Sheffield toddler Ben Needham. Greek police are pursuing a line of inquiry centred on the grounds of the property from which Ben disappeared in 1991 aged 21 months. Work will begin to examine the ground, including using geophysical ground examination equipment, to determine whether any area should be dug.

During the past 18 months, South Yorkshire Police has also reviewed all material held by the Greek police in relation to Ben's disappearance in order to support the Greek inquiry. South Yorkshire Police (SYP) has also obtained Ben's DNA from Sheffield Children's Hospital. SYP has for a number of years supported Ben's mum Kerry and other members of the family.

– South Yorkshire Police STATEMENT

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Report: Police to 'clear the ground' from where Ben went missing

The team of British search experts will be led by Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick, from South Yorkshire Police, the Daily Mirror reported.

They are investigating the possibility that 21-month-old Ben could have accidentally been buried under rubble near the home the family were staying at on the island of Kos in Greece.

One of the lines of inquiry is that we want to clear the ground from where Ben originally went missing, to if you like, finalise that as a line of inquiry.

I'm taking over some search experts with expertise in looking at ground work, to establish the possibility that some remains could be there.

From the Greek authority perspective they're also providing a level of expertise and they will be working very closely with us and providing a large number of staff who can assist in the search.

– Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick

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