Sheffield mum of missing Ben Needham meets minister

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A MOTHER from Sheffield whose child vanished on the Greek island of Kos 20 years ago has met a UK government minister for the first time to discuss the case.

Ben Needham vanished in 1991 on a family holiday. He was 21 months old.

Yesterday afternoon his mum Kerry Needham had a meeting with Europe Minister David Liddington in London.

The matter had been raised in the House of Commons in July by her MP Angela Smith, who asked the Foreign Office to meet and discuss the case.

MP Ms Smith, for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said Ben’s family were hoping to secure a commitment from the Government to ensure any new leads that may emerge are followed up by the authorities

Ms Smith, who was at the meeting yesterday, told The Star: “The object of the meeting was for Kerry to feel confident that she had the support of the Government.

“South Yorkshire Police are now developing a working relationship with the Greek authorities and are working with them to investigate the case.

“But it was important to make sure the Government is supporting Kerry and supporting South Yorkshire Police.

“I feel we got that reassurance from David Liddington.

“Kerry was very happy with how it went. She was relieved to at last have had some reassurance from the Government.”

On the 20th anniversary of Ben’s disappearance earlier this year, Kerry asked people to check their holiday photos and videos. An image of what Ben might look like now was also released.