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Ben Needham: demolishing a home with care

by | 4th, October 2016

The hunt for Ben Needham continues. A round up of media reporting on the missing child. The renewed search is in its ninth day.

BBC: “Farmhouse extension demolished”

Police has demolished part of a farm house on the Greek island of Kos. The extension was built after the 21-month-old from Sheffield went missing in 1991. The Beeb’s report contains this eyebrow raiser: “South Yorkshire Police said the owners had agreed to officers ‘dismantling the lower part of the building’.”

You can knock down the ground floor but keep all the floors above it intact. Easy!

This is what it looks like in the Times:


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The hunch is that Ben Needham was accidentally killed and, well, you can guess the rest. Unless you read the Sheffield Star, wherein we read: “LATEST: Farmhouse demolition starts in search for remains of Ben Needham.”

ITN invites armchair detectives to wonder: “Could farmhouse extension hold key to Ben’s whereabouts?”

Det Insp Jon Cousins, of South Yorkshire Police, tells media:

“Early this afternoon I will be dismantling the lower part of the farmhouse including the ground around it… just making sure that I haven’t missed any opportunity to get the answers that we require. The [Greek] family are clearly upset about what we’re doing. They have very kindly agreed to allow us to do that and I am extremely grateful. Clearly it’s going to be a very distressing time for them. This is where many generations, including the current generation, were born and grew up and we’ve got to deal with it as sensitively as possible.”

So you’re knocking down part of their home.

But needs must.

Thoughts are with Ben family. His sister Leigh-Anna is quoted in the Sun:  “We just feel numb and very empty and the moment. We’re a family that’s lived in hope for 25 years that one day he will walk back through that door and now we’re facing the possible reality that he was there all along.”

Let’s hope this story gets an end.

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