Sunday 19 November 2017

Mother of missing toddler - who vanished 25 years ago - believes fresh appeal will bring answers

Ben, from Sheffield, was 21 months old when he vanished on July 24 1991 after travelling to the island with his mother and grandparents. Credit: PA Wire
Ben, from Sheffield, was 21 months old when he vanished on July 24 1991 after travelling to the island with his mother and grandparents. Credit: PA Wire

Harriet Line

The mother of missing toddler Ben Needham, who vanished 25 years ago, believes a fresh appeal by British police in Greece could bring answers.

Kerry Needham, speaking on the island of Kos where her son went missing, and said there was no longer any reason for someone to worry about coming forward.

She told Sky News that the fear of talking to Greek police in the past could have stopped people coming forward.

"In Greece they have a statute of limitation and after a certain amount of time no one can be prosecuted for this crime, unfortunately.

"Now this timescale has lapsed and there is no fear of somebody getting into trouble for this then they might come forward.

"Also, having the British detectives to talk to, people might feel more comfortable talking to them than the Greek police."

Officers from South Yorkshire Police have travelled to the Greek island where Ben, from Sheffield, who was 21 months old when he vanished on July 24 1991, disappeared while visiting with his mother and grandparents.

The British officers will hold a press conference on Tuesday morning where they are expected to announce an international reward for evidence that leads to Ben being found.

Ms Needham thanked the public for their support saying they had been "amazing" and "very supportive".

She added: "They want to know the answers too. It's been a long time coming and they feel for us, they want to help us find Ben also."

Press Association

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