Part of farmhouse could be demolished in the search for Ben Needham

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Part of the farmhouse where Ben Needham was last seen playing outside could be demolished in the search for his body.

The police search team leading the hunt for his remains is in 'negotiations' with the owner of the house which Ben's grandfather was renovating when the toddler went missing in July.

Ben was 21 months old when he vanished and police officers are working on the theory that he may have been accidentally crushed and buried by a digger which was clearing a building plot close to the farmhouse.

Officers have been searching the land around the farmhouse for the last week and today, Detective Inspector Jon Cousins, of South Yorkshire Police, said he was keen to check the ground under a section of the farmhouse which has been added on since Ben disappeared.

He said he is 'pleased with the way negotiations are going' and accepted it is 'clearly a difficult decision' for the owner to make.

DI Cousins, who is leading the search, said his officers remain as motivated today as they were when the excavation work began eight days ago.

"This is day eight of the search to find the answers for Ben's family in relation to what happened on the site back in 1991," he said.

"I had a briefing last night with the team. It's very important to ensure that the motivation is still there and I'm very pleased to say that it definitely is.

"I spoke to the family yesterday and they said they are taking every day as it comes.

"I'm taking every moment of every day as it comes because at any given time any one of the team could call me over and approach me that they may have found something which is going to give those answers everybody is so eager for."