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Sunday 17 December 2017

UK police in Greece to search for boy missing for 25 years

Ben Needham who vanished on July 24 1991
Ben Needham who vanished on July 24 1991

Dave Higgens in Leeds

A TEAM of 10 British police officers has returned to the Greek island of Kos to carry out "house-to-house visits" in the search for missing Ben Needham.

Ben, from Sheffield, was 21 months old when he disappeared on July 24, 1991.

His mother Kerry has always maintained that her son, who would now be 26, is alive and was probably abducted.

South Yorkshire Police said officers travelled to Kos on Sunday and would hold a press conference today. A spokesman said the detectives would be "actively progressing lines of inquiry, distributing leaflets and posters and carrying out house-to-house visits in Iraklis in Kos, where Ben was last seen".

Detective Inspector Jon Cousins said: "The lives of Ben Needham's family were ripped apart when he disappeared more than 20 years ago and their determination to find him has not diminished. They are more desperate than ever to find answers about what happened to him.

"It is likely that someone out there knows what happened to him and we will be appealing to people in Kos who have information to come forward and tell us what they know."

Irish Independent

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