Sheffield mum’s hopes for new search for missing Ben Needham

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The mum of missing Ben Needham from Sheffield is urging detectives to use new funding to visit a village where her son is said to have been seen.

Ben was aged just 21 months when he vanished on the Greek island of Kos in 1991.

Kerry had taken the toddler to the island to visit her parents, who were renovating a farmhouse there.

Ben was playing in the garden when he vanished.

Now, 23 years on, the Home Office has just allocated £700,000 to fund a new search.

And 43-year-old Kerry is urging South Yorkshire Police officers to visit the ‘strange little town’ of Veria, on the Greek mainland, where she claims there have been eight sightings of her missing son.

Kerry, now a grandmother, said: “I’m praying they will listen to me and follow up these sightings.

She has handed detectives a dossier of evidence she has collected herself over the years, including the names of eight people who claim to have seen Ben in a gypsy village in Veria in the mid to late ’90s.

Police chiefs are putting together a team of detectives to work on the investigation, which is due to get under way in April.

Kerry campaigned for the new funding.