The grandad of a Sheffield toddler who went missing 21 years ago has accused the Government of ignoring his case.
Ben Needham was 21 months old when he vanished on the Greek island of Kos in 1991 during a visit to a farmhouse his grandparents Eddie and Christine were renovating.
His grandfather Eddie spoke out about feeling let down by the Government after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, who vanished on a holiday in Portugal six years ago, was featured on BBC’s Crimewatch show.
Scotland Yard launched a new multi-million pound investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance in July, with Government backing, but Eddie Needham said his grandson’s case has been forgotten by officials.
He said: “Ben has been ignored for too long by the British Government and previous governments.
“Madeleine deserves every help and every assistance that she can get to bring her home safely, don’t get me wrong. I’m not against that but I do believe that what’s good for one is good for the other and all the other people that are missing.
“They’ve been given every assistance that’s possible, financially and legally, whereas we’ve never been able to afford a solicitor.”
Mr Needham said he wanted a team of officers from South Yorkshire Police to be dedicated to Ben’s case.
“For the two cases to be treated totally different in my opinion is wrong.
“Is it another case of the north-south divide?”
The Needham family is urging people to sign an e-petition calling for more Government support for Ben’s case.
It needs 100,000 responses for the Government to consider if the matter should be debated in Parliament.
A year ago, a team of British officers led by South Yorkshire Police spent two weeks searching an area of land close to the farmhouse where Ben was last seen.