Police end dig for clues for missing toddler Ben Needham on island of Kos


The police dig for clues over the disappearance of toddler Ben Needham on the Greek island where he vanished 25 years ago has ended after three weeks.

South Yorkshire Police said officers formally ended their search on the island of Kos on Sunday afternoon.

Ben, from Sheffield, disappeared on July 24 1991 after travelling to the island with his mother and grandparents.

The search operation was prompted by information that digger driver Konstantinos Barkas, also known as Dino, may be responsible for the toddler's death, as he was clearing land with an excavator near where Ben was playing on the day he vanished.

Mr Barkas is believed to have died from stomach cancer last year.

In a statement, South Yorkshire Police said: "The physical search of two sites on Kos, Greece has formally come to an end.

"Work continues behind the scenes as officers begin to process the findings from each site."

The force said a full update will be released from the team on the island at midday UK time on Monday.