Police find 'items of interest' during dig for remains of Ben Needham

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The police team searching for the remains of Ben Needham have found 'items of interest'.

The police team searching for the remains of Ben Needham have found 'items of interest'.

Detective Inspector Jon Cousins, leading the search, revealed today that some pieces of fabric have been found at a site being excavated close to the spot where Ben was last seen on the Greek island of Kos in 1991.

He said the items of fabric have been collected, photographed and will be examined in closer detail to establish whether they may be from the clothes Ben was wearing when he went missing.

The South Yorkshire Police search team is working on the theory that Ben may have been accidentally buried by a digger working on a building plot next to the farmhouse the toddler's grandfather was renovating.

The digger moved material from the building plot to two sites on the island, which have both been cordoned off by the police.

A friend of the man who was operating the digger came forward with the tip-off in June following the death of the driver the year before.

DI Cousins said: "They have been properly collected, forensically collected in the best way possible.

"They have been photographed and the images have been sent back to the UK.

"It's of slight interest. They are pieces of fabric and clearly we want to make sure do they or do they not relate to any of the items Ben may have been wearing on that day."

On the day Ben vanished he was wearing brown leather sandals and a a white top with a green pattern on it.

Officers also found a number of bones on the first day of the search, which were all found to be from animals.

DI Cousins said: "We found, as expected, a vast number of bones. Each one was examined immediately, and each one was discounted there and then as being an animal bone.

Ben's mum, Kerry Needham, who is not on the island, was warned to 'prepare for the worst' before the police team travelled to Kos.

The team is being funded by the Home Office, which awarded a £700,000 grant last year.