Mum of missing Ben Needham from Sheffield pleads for Government funding to help police find her son

Pictured is Kerry Needham with a picture of missing Ben when he was 18months old
Pictured is Kerry Needham with a picture of missing Ben when he was 18months old
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The heartbroken mum of missing Ben Needham used his 25th birthday to appeal to the Government for cash to fund the police investigation into his disappearance.

Kerry, aged 41, from Ecclesfield, claims South Yorkshire Police applied for Home Office cash to fund the missing person investigation six months ago but has not yet had a decision.

Ben Needham

Ben Needham

She said detectives want funding for a team to follow up new lines of inquiry in and around Kos to help find Ben, who vanished 23 years ago.

She urged Prime Minister David Cameron to give the go-ahead, pointing out that the Government has already spent over £7 million on Scotland Yard’s review of the search for Madeleine McCann, who

disappeared in Praia de Luz, Portugal, in 2007, just before her fourth birthday.

Kerry, who is spending Ben’s birthday with her close family, said she thinks about her missing son every day.

Kerry Needham

Kerry Needham

He vanished from outside a remote farmhouse his grandparents were renovating.

“It is a frustrating and upsetting situation, which makes me angry, that another birthday has passed and we are still in the same situation we were 20 years,” she said.

“We still have no support from the British Government. I am urging David Cameron to give the funding and resources that South Yorkshire Police needs to be able to do a complete and thorough investigation

- there are lines of inquiry that South Yorkshire Police have which are very very positive and they have detectives that are ready, willing and able to follow them up but six months after applying for

Home Office funding they are still waiting for an answer.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Our support for the Needham family and the Greek Authorities has remained throughout. This is not our investigation however should funding be made available we would seek to work with the Greek Authorities in pursuit of progressing their investigation.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “South Yorkshire Police have made a further Special Grant request in relation to Ben Needham and this is currently under consideration by the Home Office.

“In autumn 2012 the Home Office agreed to give South Yorkshire Police a Special Grant to assist their investigation and we remain committed to supporting the search for Ben.”