New leads in hunt 
for missing toddler

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Detectives have new leads in the search for a missing boy who has links to Market Rasen.

Ben Needham, from Sheffield, vanished when he was 21 months old during a family holiday on the Greek island of Kos 24 years 
ago.

Ben was in a farmhouse in the village of Iraklise which his grandfather, who lives in Market Rasen, was 
renovating.

Now a fresh family appeal on Greek televison has generated several 
leads.

Kerry Needham, Ben’s mother said a man who contacted the show saying he resembled Ben was “old information” - but that police did now have new 
leads.

In a statement on the Help Find Ben Facebook page, a member of the support team wrote: “Just to make things clear, as Kerry previously stated, the man who called the show is an old lead.

“However, we do have seven new very strong possible leads.”

South Yorkshire Police said about 30 calls and emails were received following the broadcast on Greek TV.

Officers also confirmed the appeal generated seven new lines of inquiry.

They said these leads would be explored further in partnership with Greek authorities.

South Yorkshire Police has been granted Home Office funding to support the Greek authorities in continuing the search to find Ben.

Kerry Needham has always maintained her son, who would now be 25, is still 
alive.

She has been reported as saying she has “a feeling” inside herself that Ben is still alive.