Hopes rise for boy missing in Greece
Tuesday 26 April 1994
The men were rounded up after a tip-off from an informer, who called a police hot line in Athens. The informer said he knew the whereabouts of Ben - now called Andreos - claiming he was with a man in his fifties called Nikos, who has vanished from his home in Thessaloniki.
The men were arrested in Katerini, northern Greece, after they were allegedly caught trying to sell a child they had bought from a gypsy family.
Although the child is not Ben, police believe the men could be part of a child trafficking ring and that they might know where Ben is, and also give them more details about the man called Nikos.
But at her home in Foxhill, Sheffield, Ben's 23-year-old mother, Kerry, said: 'We have been crucified so many times in the past when we have allowed our hopes to build up. We are trying hard not to get over-excited by the news.
'But we could be on the verge of the breakthrough we have prayed for. I believe we are not far behind Ben now.
'I have never for one moment doubted he is still alive, and have always believed he was kidnapped and sold.'
Ben vanished in 1991 aged two-and-a-half, from the Greek island of Kos, where Miss Needham's parents were renovating a house.
- 1 Rules on 5p plastic bags likely to lead to arguments at the check-out
- 2 Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
Rules on 5p plastic bags likely to lead to arguments at the check-out
Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
Turkey duped the US, and Isis reaps rewards
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
£28000 - £37000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£22000 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company's mission is to ma...
£13832 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This 5 star leisure destination on the w...
£20000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Account Manager is requ...