Sheffield MP calls for Greek police to carry out DNA test

Pictured is Kerry Needham with a picture of missing Ben when he was 18months old .Ben who have been 20 today.
Pictured is Kerry Needham with a picture of missing Ben when he was 18months old .Ben who have been 20 today.
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An MP has backed Kerry Needham’s calls for a DNA test that could prove her missing son Ben is alive - and living as a gypsy in Greece.

Kerry wants the Greek authorities to carry out tests on a man who has been identified by two separate sources as being Ben.

The fair-haired tot went missing from the island of Kos during a family holiday on July 24, 1991, aged just 21 months.

Now the Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith has backed Kerry’s bid by asking the Minister for Europe, David Lidington MP, to intervene.

“Kerry Needham has never given up in her search for Ben and she deserves the fullest possible support from the British government as far as this latest development is concerned, which clearly needs investigating and in particular requires a DNA test to be conducted,” she said.

“I have therefore written to the Minister for Europe to ask that all diplomatic efforts be used to secure co-operation from the Greek authorities in investigating this new claim thoroughly.”

Kerry, aged 41, from Ecclesfield, appeared on Greek television’s ‘Light In The Tunnel’ programme back in December to make a fresh appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

The same night, the programme received a call from a resident who gave an address of a man she said was Ben Needham.

A month later Kerry visited the area herself and was given the same name by another source, who said Ben was living as a gypsy and that his ‘father’ had revealed Ben’s true identity during a drunken conversation years ago.

Kerry said: “The informant mentioned to his boss that the guy didn’t kook like a gypsy.

“The informant’s boss said ‘because he’s not a gypsy, he is Ben Needham’, and said the ‘father’ of the boy had admitted this to him while drunk.

“The time has come for this to be resolved,” she added.