Family of missing Ben Needham from Sheffield remains hopeful that new funding will help police provide answers

Ben Needham
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The mother of Ben Needham - the Sheffield toddler who vanished on Kos nearly 24 years ago - is waiting for detectives to tell her when they plan to travel to the island to search for her son.

South Yorkshire Police has been awarded Home Office funding to search for Ben, who was 21 months when he disappeared.

Ben Needham

Ben Needham

Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick is leading the investigation and drawing up a team of officers.

The team is expected to start its investigation in April, but Ben’s family has not yet been told when it will travel to Kos.

A police spokeswoman said details are still being finalised.

Ben went missing from outside a farmhouse his grandparents were renovating in July 1991.

His mum Kerry, from Parson Cross, has spent years travelling to and from Kos following up leads and potential sightings and has handed South Yorkshire Police a dossier of information she would like detectives to look at.

She said: I am waiting for an update. The last time I spoke to South Yorkshire Police they were getting everything together. There’s an awful lot of paperwork to be done before they get on a plane.

“I have to be patient and keep positive because I know South Yorkshire Police will do everything in their power to do their best with this. I hope they will get some results.

“I have played detective for over 20 years and have handed everything over to South Yorkshire Police but I will not give up - it has been my job since Ben disappeared. I will never give up.”

In October 2012 some South Yorkshire officers travelled to Kos to excavate a mound of earth near to where Ben was last seen alive.

They were investigating a theory he may have been accidentally buried under rubble by a JCB driver working in the area at the time.

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