Missing Sheffield boy Ben Needham - DNA test

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The family of missing Sheffield boy Ben Needham are facing an anxious wait after Greek detectives announced they are to DNA test a young man living with a Roma family in Cyprus - which could be Ben.

Ben, from Sheffield, disappeared while on a family holiday in Cyprus in 1991 when he was just 21 months old.

His mum, Kerry Needham has never given up her search for him.

Now it has emerged a young man living with a Roma family in Cyprus will be DNA tested after evidence emerged suggesting he could be the missing tot.

Kerry, aged 41, said: “It’s scary.

“My head is all over the place.

“I have seen a photograph of the man and it does bear a resemblance to Ben.

“The image came from a reliable source.”

Ben, who would now be 23, vanished on the Greek island of Kos in 1991.

It has been reported an anonymous tipster approached the Lawyers Association in Kos with an image of the man believed to be Ben.

A video clip shows a man Greek sources say is aged between 20 and 25, with four other men from the Roma community, attending a church service in Limassol in Cyprus.

President of the association, Panayiotis Avrithis, handed the images to Alexandra Moussoura, the area’s District Attorney.

Greek police have described the development as ‘highly significant’.

Officers from South Yorkshire Police travelled to the Greek resort last year to conduct a search on a piece of wasteland in the hunt for Ben but the exercise proved fruitless.

Kerry told a television station: “We have always believed that Ben’s abduction was gypsy-related and have had a long ongoing inquiry in Larissa.”

The tot vanished after travelling to Kos with his mother and grandparents Eddie and Christine, who were renovating a farmhouse in the village of Iraklise.