Mum of missing Ben Needham from Sheffield speaks out over more funding for Maddie McCann search

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The mum of missing Ben Needham from Sheffield has spoken of her frustration at more money being made available for the search for Madeleine McCann when she battled on for years to get help.

Kerry Needham spoke out after the Home Office revealed this week that extra funding has been allocated to pay for the Met Police probe into the disappearance of the youngster, who was just days away from her fourth birthday when she vanished while on holiday in Portugal in May 2007.

Kerry Needham

Kerry Needham

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Kerry, whose 21-month-old son Ben vanished on the Greek island of Kos in July 1991, said although funding was eventually made available to pay for the search for Ben, it took years of fighting and the amount was not of the same 'magnitude' as that offered for the search for Madeleine.

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Speaking on ITV's Loose Women programme, Kerry said: "It hurts, it hurts us and it hurts me as Ben's mum.

"I am not trying to take away from it at all (the search for Madeleine) she deserves to be found, but so does Ben."

She added: "We haven't had a fraction of that help. I have had to fight alone as a single mum and try to get the help that Ben deserves and that we deserve as a family.

"It did happen in the end but not to the magnitude of that case."

Ben was playing outside a farmhouse his grandfather Eddie was renovating when he vanished.

For over two decades his family suspected that he had been abducted, but in October 2016, South Yorkshire detectives announced that they believed the toddler had died as a result of an accident.

It is suspected that a digger being used to clear land close to the spot where Ben was playing struck the toddler and that his body was buried at one of a number of dumping sites on the island.

The digger driver has since died and Ben's remains have never been found.