Tuesday 26 September 2017

Police searching for missing toddler Ben Needham 'uncover 60 items of interest'

Undated handout file photo of Ben Needham as police investigating the disappearance of the missing toddler will begin excavation work on the Greek island of Kos on Monday in the search for possible remains
Undated handout file photo of Ben Needham as police investigating the disappearance of the missing toddler will begin excavation work on the Greek island of Kos on Monday in the search for possible remains
A view of 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.
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
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Police investigating the disappearance of a young boy who went missing on the Greek island of Kos in 19991 have come across 60 'items of interest'.

The police are investigating claims Ben Needham, who was 21 months when he went missing, was run over by a digger 25 years ago.

They have now extended their stay on the island to search a second site, 750 metres from where Ben was last seen and close to the farmhouse where the dig began last month, BBC reports.

Det Insp Jon Cousins of South Yorkshire Police said: "There are over 60 items that need looking at and I'll engage with the magistrates here in Kos, to explain the significance of them.

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

"They are items I want to compare to other things, either information or items that were recovered throughout the past 18 months or in 2012."

Material that was deposited on the second site over the past few decades is being broken up so the soil can be dug to a depth of two feet.

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.

It is understood the team will spend two or three days on the site.

Ben vanished from a farmhouse, which his grandfather was renovating, in the village of Iraklis in July 1991.

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

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