Claims Sheffield tot Ben Needham was abducted in black speedboat dismissed

Claims that missing Sheffield toddler Ben Needham was abducted from the Greek island of Kos on a black speedboat 25 years ago have been dismissed by police.

Wednesday, 11th May 2016, 3:03 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th May 2016, 3:15 pm
Ben Needham

South Yorkshire Police officers on the island dismissed reports in The Mirror that a black speedboat was used to kidnap Ben, who would now be 26 years old.

Speaking from Kos, Det Insp Jon Cousins said: “I have no idea where they got the black speedboat from – it certainly wasn’t from police.

DI Jon Cousins from South yorkshire Police who is leading the Ben Needham case in the UK Picture Dean Atkins

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“I was asked about boats, because Ben was taken off the island, and we are doing a number of enquiries, but nothing came from us.”

The Star reported yesterday that a mystery caller contacted police in 1993 claiming they knew where Ben was.

The caller claimed that Ben was being looked after by a man called Nikos and that his name had been changed to Andreas.

DI Cousins said urged the caller to come forward and help the investigation.

Ben Needham's mother Kerry

He told The Star: “There are a number of lines of enquiry into who Nikos might be which, of course, we are following.”

A team of 10 South Yorkshire Police officers are on the island investigating Ben’s abduction from a farmhouse.

Ben was 21 months old when he vanished on July 24, 1991, after travelling to the island with his mum and grandparents. There have been a number of possible sightings.

Mum Kerry Needham praised the efforts of the officers investigating Ben’s abduction. She said: “We need to look to the future and remain positive and hopefully get some answers.”

DI Jon Cousins from South yorkshire Police who is leading the Ben Needham case in the UK Picture Dean Atkins
Ben Needham's mother Kerry