South Yorkshire Police has stated that they see ‘no direct correlation’ between the Ben Needham case and that of a young girl discovered in a gypsy camp in Greece.
The statement, released this afternoon, reads: “South Yorkshire Police is aware of the case currently being investigated by Greek police after a young girl was found at a Roma settlement in the country.
“At this stage there appears to be no direct correlation between this and the disappearance of Ben Needham, who was 21 months old when he went missing on the island of Kos in 1991.
“The case of Ben Needham continues to be investigated by the Greek authorities and South Yorkshire Police continues to support his family.
“No investigation is currently being carried out by the Force in light of this recent case and officers from South Yorkshire Police will only become involved should authorities in Greece require our assistance.”
The statement comes less than a day after the family of Ben Needham revealed the discovery of the little girl- who was found living with a family she did not resemble and whom DNA tests revealed she was not related to - has given them fresh hope of finding Ben.
Kerry Needham, aged 41, whose son Ben disappeared 22 years ago, on the Greek Island of Kos, said: “My family and I are extremely delighted by the news of the girl who has been found in a gypsy camp in Larissa.
“We have always believed Ben’s abduction was gypsy-related and have had a long ongoing inquiry in Larissa.
“We hope the investigation into Ben’s disappearance will be looked at again.”