Ben Needham detectives recover '60 items of interest' from Kos farmhouse

South Yorkshire Police digging on the Greek island of Kos for signs of missing Ben Needham

South Yorkshire Police digging on the Greek island of Kos for signs of missing Ben Needham

Police searching for missing Sheffield toddler Ben Needham on the Greek island of Kos have recovered 60 items of interest.

Officers are currently looking at a second search area close to where Ben, then 21 months old, disappeared from a farmhouse in 1991.

Ben Needham

Ben Needham

Detective Inspector Jon Cousins said: "I have over 60 exhibits which have been recovered from the farmhouse.

"Each one of those will be returning to the UK when the team goes back there for further analysis, forensic work, to have a look at and confirm the validity of anything or to rule it out.

"There is nothing that is deemed a priority to get back to the UK at the moment."

He added none of the items have been determined as being of 'major interest'.

But he said: "They are of interest and I'm not leaving them behind without doing extra work."

DI Cousins said he was unable to reveal the nature of the items that have discovered at this point.

The South Yorkshire team is into its fourteenth day on the island.

It is currently at a second site, where soil is due to be transported back to the farmhouse area for forensic examination.

The current operation was prompted by information that digger driver Konstantinos Barkas, also known as Dino, was clearing land with an excavator close to where the Sheffield toddler was playing on the day he vanished and may be responsible for his death.

Mr Barkas reportedly died of stomach cancer last year.

Ben's mother, Kerry Needham, had been warned to 'prepare for the worst'.

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