Fabric found in search for missing Ben Needham
Published 28/09/2016 | 02:30
Police searching for missing toddler Ben Needham, who vanished on the holiday island of Kos in 1991, have found information of "slight interest" - including fabric - following an initial excavation of a site close to where he was last seen.
A 19-strong team of South Yorkshire Police officers, forensic specialists and an archaeologist have been scouring an arid stretch of farmland where 21-month-old Ben was playing a quarter of a century ago.
Digger teams were brought in on Monday afternoon to break up the clay-like ground.
It was the first day of a fresh excavation at the site following new evidence that the Sheffield toddler may have been killed and buried there, yards from where he vanished while his grandfather was renovating a property.
Konstantinos Barkas, also known as Dino, was clearing land with an excavator close to where Ben was playing on the day he vanished and may be responsible for his death, a friend of the builder reportedly told police following a TV appeal in May.
The search is expected to last for around a week.