Thursday 8 December 2016

Fabric found in search for missing Ben Needham

Dean Gray

Published 28/09/2016 | 02:30

A view of the scene in Kos, Greece, as officers from South Yorkshire police start excavations in relation to the missing toddler Ben Needham
A view of the scene in Kos, Greece, as officers from South Yorkshire police start excavations in relation to the missing toddler Ben Needham
Ben Needham: vanished. Photo: PA
Equipment is carried at the scene in Kos, Greece, as officers from South Yorkshire police start excavations in relation to the missing toddler Ben Needham.
Equipment is carried at the scene in Kos, Greece, as officers from South Yorkshire police start excavations in relation to the missing toddler Ben Needham

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.

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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.

Ben Needham: vanished. Photo: PA
Ben Needham: vanished. Photo: PA

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