Friday, 16 June 2017

Break

No picture today.

We're not even calling it Summer break this year.

Our deepest sympathy and compassion to the Grenfell victims, their families and friends.

Our heartfelt gratefulness to all those, in uniform or without it, who so selflessly came as soon as they could and did all they possibly could do.

Nameless heroes are always the bravest ones.

As for us, we'll return when we feel we should.

71 comments:

  1. No picture required the one ingrained in all our minds will be of that blazing monster of a block burning. Heartfelt words I can only echo.
    I hope your return is not too far in the distance.You are missed.

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  2. Hi,enjoy your summer,here in the uk its uncertain times not knowing where the next tragedy will unfold.Politically its too close to call,now that Farron has resigned,Clegg is no longer an MP a coalition again? who knows.
    The McCann case will see silence until the late summer/ early Autumn when a decision will be made on further funding,as long as the PJ continue so will SY,they know not what the pj are up to having ruled out their own ridiculous idea of a burgaltor.
    The only certainty is that the british summer will remain changeable a couple of warm/hot days followed by a thunder storm.Enjjoy!

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  3. Search dogs being sent in.
    And it's not for living people

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    1. It was after big catastrophes that rescue teams observed sniffer dogs reacting differently. Some would run away from cadaver scent, others not. As the emergency was to rescue first thing, they started to select the dogs.
      Pearl was the first (she)dog trained to alert to human remains in the State of NY.

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  4. https://mobile.twitter.com/LondonFire/status/875446572879716353

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  5. Thanks Textusa - for the time and effort you have put in to help enable the truth to emerge. A really heartfelt thanks.

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  6. Enjoy your break xxx to think all the money "saved" on reducing police numbers
    etc etc paid for Operation Grange!!!!



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  7. https://mobile.twitter.com/thoughtland/status/875705961662603265/video/1

    A decent journalist from channel 4

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  8. https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/16/at-least-30-dead-in-grenfell-tower-fire-say-police
    I think the numbers are being drip fed

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  9. https://mobile.twitter.com/mark_wilding/status/875771878404706305
    Angry people

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  10. A young guy called Peaky Saku has plenty to say about this, he was very articulate when interviewed on an internet radio programme. He was on the BBC news and swore so was quickly dismissed. He later apologised but he was so angry and rightly so. He had done his figures and asked where a huge missing amount had gone during the refurbishment.
    He and few other people were talking about the 'gentrification' of the area which was already in progress and the cosmetic face lift to the building was more to do with this than improving it physically.

    Losing every single possession must be terrible for survivors to enable them to carry on. The smallest thing such as access to cash would be a nightmare if there was no time to pick up a purse or wallet. How do you get to a bank and then prove who you are? Where can adequately house hundreds of people in such a small area? The logistics are horrendous, where will these people eventually be rehoused nearby so they can stay within their community and children stay at their own school? Some may be lucky enough to have relatives who can put them up short term but many will have no-one to rely on.

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  11. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/16/sun-journalist-grenfell-tower-victim-hospital

    The unsurprising Sun at its best.

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  12. Maybe I'm alone here but I do feel the McCann case is over.

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    1. Anonymous 16 Jun 2017, 23:32:00,

      Operation Grange will have to come to some sort of public conclusion.

      Case far (as in distance, not in time) from over.

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    2. Thanks for your response.

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    3. The Portuguese say 'those who want all, lose all'

      The result of the elections have gone really bad for the other side and Bilton's procrapgramme has gained new importance.

      To explain it properly it has to be done with time and that's when we will do it.

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    4. Nice play on a word there,look forward to the explanation.

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  13. Textusa i was I was going to ask where your 3rd part of the evaluation of the panarama program was but I'm just catching up on the horrors of grenfell after my hols and I see now there are more important things in life at present that the nonsense that was Richard Billon, Clarence Mitchell and co. The event of this summer in Britian should make everybody involved in this farse hang their head in shame

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  14. There is no overall coordination from Kensington council - no central point, no info for families, no officials taking control
    If we had a major incident involving thousands, we would be hopeless in UK in dealing with it.
    Hospitals firsts priority is treatment.
    Who do they approach from Kensington to reunite the children?
    They need officials for listing Missing and reuniting, clothing and food, finding accommodation.
    Instead there is a vacuum of info
    A completely disgraceful shambles.taking place with emergency services cut to the bone in austerity measures which don't affect the wealthy.
    A wake up call for anyone who voted for these incompetent politicians

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  15. So terribly sad for the victims of fire, both at Grenfell Tower and in the terrible forest fires in Portugal. That such dreadful events should happen on the same weekend is unbelievable. Our hearts go out to all involved ... those injured or killed, their families and friends, and the emergency services who have had to face unimaginable scenes of horror.

    No words are enough.

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  16. Mr Corbyn compared the tragedy with the Hillsborough disaster and child abuse scandals.........is Mr Corbyn getting to the end of his tether with cover ups


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  17. I think funding for operation grange should stop now, enough is enough when they have never reinterviewed the Mccanns and their mates. <stop funding now there are many more people that have lost loved ones and children that need financial assistance, how greedy are the Mcs for thinking they have the right to continue with Grange, having never answered the questions in the first place. God bless all those poor people from Grenfell and hope you find the strength and love that will help you to heal. Textusa have a good break

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    1. The Star continues.

      http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/624273/madeleine-mccann-abandoned-well-maddie-praia-da-luz-portugal

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    2. I think you will find that McCanns would want operation grange to stop now with no conclusion. There is no widespread demands to have it closed down or claims that millions have been spent looking for 1 child because people know it's not about looking for 1 child or giving the McCanns special treatment or rights that all citizens don't have. People know it's about getting to the truth. So far May has abused victims of a tragic fire, done a deal with the devil( DUP) insisted on continuing with a hard Brexit all without the support of the people but I firmly believe that anything but the truth on the maddie case would be a bridge too far.

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  18. http://patbrownprofiling.blogspot.pt/2017/06/what-happened-to-profiler-pat-browns.html

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  19. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-40419819

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    1. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/28/hillsborough-six-people-including-two-senior-police-officers-charged

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  20. Dear Textusa, 1000 MERCIS. FOR ALL, pour TOUT. J'espère que vous allez bien. Merci, TEXTUSA.

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  21. Hi Text, just seen this, what's your interpretation?https://laidbareblog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/according-to-reports-hour-ago-from-sun.html

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    1. TruthbeTold 11 Jul 2017, 23:12:00,

      Will reply as we did in a FB comment:

      "Oh, I'm physically separated from my laptop at the moment, and likely to remain that way until the end of month.

      But the article followed by the political blunder of Theresa May (note, not being political just stating a consensual fact) and that followed Bilton's BBC procrapgramme, makes this article very interesting.

      Among other things, first time we see Kandohla insulting the McCanns and then it's followed by another Sun article as if they felt the need to remind us who the characters of a forthcoming movie are. Like a movie trailer"

      Will add:

      Somebody seriously shook the snowglobe, we will have to wait and let it settle.

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    2. Thanks Text. Waiting in anticipation to see this movie trailer play out. Enjoy the rest of your break.

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  22. "The McCann's lost a subsequent appeal in Portugal's Supreme Court in February this year, with the court ruling Maddie's parents had not been cleared of involvement in Maddie's DEATH by the Portuguese police investigation being brought to an end in 2008."
    Who still believes that MMC is alive ?

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  23. https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/07/13/us/missing-men-bucks-county-cadaver-dogs/index.html

    Not fooled by pork or nappies.

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  24. https://www.local10.com/news/crime/cid-torrez-found-guilty-of-murdering-estranged-wife-

    Cadaver dogs were right.

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  25. The dogs 'knew'. The police knows (in Britain and in Portugal). The McCanns know. Their 'friends' know. The media know. But ... the Madeleine McCann case unfortunately has nothing to do with 'knowing'. It's all about money.

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    1. I wouldn't say "know", but "suspect" and for many of them "don"t want to know". Concerning the "all about money", I disagree, it's much more complex (and simple) than that.

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    2. I would say many people know the truth and have done since the early days.

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    3. Only the participants know or rather are aware of what happened and are able to interpret it. But they won't !

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  26. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4699346/Has-hunt-Madeleine-McCann-ground-halt.html

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  27. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4029785/maddie-mccann-cops-insist-search-hasnt-ground-to-a-halt-but-admit-they-only-have-11-weeks-left-to-find-her-before-their-money-runs-out/


    Finally the July media surge makes sense.

    And we must say we are really, really pleased.

    Who would have said we would be smiling about something Kandohla would say?

    Sometimes life does take some odds twists and turns, doesn't it?

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    1. 'We don't have to be in Portugal' to investigate. Indeed. Closer to home is more appropriate. One wonders what happened 'Purple woman' - or is she still in the frame? Significantly, the 'theory' that Madeleine 'just wandered off' has been dealt a final crushing blow. Yet one wonders what leads they say they are following.

      Finally, every time I read this: We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368 - I think of Tracey (I sell it by the yard) Kandohla and the cash cow it must represent.

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    2. Taxi for Mark Williams Thomas and Danny Collins...........

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  28. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/631559/Robert-Murat-Apology-21-July-2017

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    1. You would have thought after paying R Murat once for damages they would have learnt,or maybe not.
      This is also from July funnily enough, 2008.
      http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/52868/Murat-wins-163-600-000-libel-damages

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  29. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ben-needham-blood-find-breakthrough-10858653

    Oh, so NOW we have a sandal!!

    Errmmn... does anyone remember where and when was this sandal (with blood to boot!) was found?

    We only remember about a replica pair that was made last year and we did find that strange.

    They made the replica pair, found the sandal and no one, until today has told us about it??

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    1. http://textusa.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/the-road-of-no-return-and-apologies.html

      http://textusa.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/blogeditorial-decision.html

      http://textusa.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/christmas-lights.html

      http://textusa.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/games.html

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    2. 60 items were sent back to the UK for test's maybe it was included in these.
      [quote]But one item found on October 15 was said to be of 'greater significance' and was believed to have been in Ben's possession on the day he went missing on July 24 1991.[/quote]
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3842412/I-t-say-goodbye-knowing-s-Mother-missing-Ben-Needham-says-want-tear-Greek-island-search-son-closes.html
       

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3842412/I-t-say-goodbye-knowing-s-Mother-missing-Ben-Needham-says-want-tear-Greek-island-search-son-closes.html#ixzz4njRoe1tj
      Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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    3. http://textusa.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/the-road-of-no-return-and-apologies.html

      http://textusa.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/blogeditorial-decision.html

      http://textusa.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/christmas-lights.html

      http://textusa.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/games.html

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    4. Anonymous 24 Jul 2017, 08:31:00,

      Then why not give it any relevance at the time?

      We would think that a sandal would be a newsworthy item.

      And as we showed in our post "Games", on Sunday the 17th, the media was reporting that nothing of importance had been found and Kerry seemed to accept that fact.

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    5. With thanks to Ben Thompson
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/JusticeForMadeleine/permalink/1415369328559137/

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/pioneering-scientific-proof-behind-blood-10858707

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/operation-ben-needham-turned-texas-10858732

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  30. Interestingly the Mail is now telling us the sandal was found in 2012.
    [quote]The sandal was reportedly found in 2012 at the site where Konstantinos 'Dino' Barkas was operating a digger, while the car was discovered last year at another spot.[/quote]
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4723422/Human-blood-toy-car-sandal-Ben-Needham.html


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4723422/Human-blood-toy-car-sandal-Ben-Needham.html#ixzz4njT2XHBj
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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    1. We believe that in 2012 it was reported that a sandal had been found. But then, no relevance or or direct connection to Ben was given.

      Question remains, if when car found in 2016, why not mention the 2012 sandal find. Something like "this one item we have now found, together with one we found in 2012...".

      And when they made the replica pair of sandals, shouldn't they have given as reason for doing that (even so why make such a pair?) was the sandal they found in 2102?

      Or, let's even assume they only realised recently that the 2012 sandal was Ben's. Wouldn't that have been newsworthy? Of course it would.

      We will wait to be told where it was found. That is something that is evidently of the highest importance.

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    2. I'll be the first to acknowledge that I know nothing of decomposition but what I find and found strange is the lack of bone fragment,here in the UK bones from as long ago from the Saxon age can be found even Richard the 3rds from the 1400's,maybe its the English clay but wouldn't there be some sign from as little ago as 1991 in a dry environment?

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  31. You wrote in your 'Games' post:
    #2 – Patsy:

    South Yorkshire police would confirm officially that it was Dino Barkas whodunnit at the farmhouse even if it goes against logic, reasoning and above all, common decency.
    That would indicate to us that the option in the Maddie case would be the Third Option, we suppose in its latest version, the child trafficking gang.That or some other invention depending on which direction the sick winds of inspiration happen to be blowing at the moment;


    Does this indicate that the Madeleine case will go for Third option?

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    1. Anonymous 24 Jul 2017, 09:14:00,

      As said in our FB post:
      https://www.facebook.com/bronte.textusa/posts/1068001453336505

      "BUT, by all means let there be a sandal and blood on it and on the toy car!!

      I, for one, can't wait for the OFFICIAL and DETAILED description of events that we are still waiting for SYP to do since Oct 18 last year."

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  32. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/632031/ben-needham-found-blood-evidence-killed-body-moved-Kos-Greece-kerry-needham-dino-barkas/amp

    Removing body recently not feasible
    Sandals were found in last search if I recall
    Why not identified as his at the time?

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  33. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/pioneering-scientific-proof-behind-blood-10858707.amp

    "Professor Lorna Dawson, of the James Hutton Institute in Scotland is one of the leading soil scientists in the world.

    Talking to the Daily Mirror she confirmed they had found evidence of human blood decomposition on two items recovered from the Greek island of Kos.

    The first was discovered on a small scrap of leather from a child’s sandal – which matches the size and style worn by Ben Needham when he went missing.

    This was found in 2014 as they were taking soil samples behind the farmhouse where Ben was last seen playing."

    Were there searches in 2014??

    If so, why wasn't it reported, as well as this find?

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    1. "The pioneering tests carried out by Professor Dawson and her team, can differentiate between blood decomposition and soft tissue decomposition.

      If it is soft tissue decomposition, it means the whole body decomposed while in contact with the item found.

      But they found indicators of blood decomposition - which may mean the body did not decompose while in contact with the sandal."

      Or with the toy car.

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    2. How interesting... so dogs are reliable??

      "“Behind the farmhouse where Ben was last seen playing, we found a whole range of them in the soil. Twenty to thirty compounds.

      “It’s that profile that is particularly identifiable as being human. We ran an independent test with the Police Scotland dog called Ollie, and his dog handler, Ryan Galloway.

      “He didn’t react to the toy car but did to the sandal.There were less compounds on the car to detect and the sandal was very high. It was one of the highest samples.

      “Both the analytical test in our chemical labs, and the independent blind test with the dog, came up with the same compounds - the same items of interest.

      “The dog was able to indicate the scent that is indicative of the compounds related to humans. ”"

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  34. There were no sandals found in any of the searches . The car is from the 60's and was found more than once . I didn't realise that they could now test for organic volatile compounds in a lab without a body after more than 25 years ... besides , did they not mention that the farm was in an archaeological grave site ? despicable patsy framing to close the case . At the expense of an innocent man who is dead and cannot defend himself .

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  35. Bringing over to the blog the 3 Mirror articles that were published very quickly one after the other, and which we consider of the UTMOST importance:
    - 22:20, 23 JUL 2017, Updated 07:41, 24 JUL 2017
    - 22:22, 23 Jul 2017
    - 22:23, 23 JUL 2017

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    1. Article #1:

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ben-needham-blood-find-breakthrough-10858653

      Ben Needham’s mum fears discovery of human blood on missing son's 'sandal and toy car' proves he was killed and his body moved

      The missing tot's devastated mum said she is now convinced the youngster was taken from the site where he was buried before British police returned to carry out a dig there last year

      ByLucy Thornton
      22:20, 23 JUL 2017
      Updated 07:41, 24 JUL 2017

      Ben Needham’s mum Kerry fears the ¬discovery of human blood on a sandal and toy car believed to belong to her son proves he was killed and his body moved, in a ¬sinister twist to the mystery.

      The 43-year-old said she is now convinced the youngster was taken from the site where he was buried before British police returned to carry out a dig there last year.

      Kerry claims the new evidence points to a cover-up over what happened to her son, who vanished at the age of 21 months while staying at his grandparents’ farmhouse on the Greek island of Kos, 26 years ago tomorrow.

      The sandal was found in 2012 at the site where police believe Ben was accidentally killed by Konstantinos “Dino” Barkas who was ¬operating a digger there. But the car was ¬discovered at another spot late last year. There was no sign of the toddler’s body.

      Kerry, who made a fresh appeal for anyone who knows anything to break their silence, said: “This confirms everything the police have suspected. It makes it all a little too real. We believe what they believe.

      “It shows more of a conspiracy because they didn’t find Ben’s body. That proves it to me without doubt they ¬obviously moved him and buried him and for ¬whatever reason dug him up. There’s no other ¬explanation. It’s all been a massive cover-up.

      “This confirms what the police have been saying all along. My Ben was killed in an ¬accident. But it also suggests that not only did they kill my boy and bury him where the toy car was found, they then moved him before police got to the site last October.

      “What kind of human being does that? It just infuriates me. How can they do such a thing? He was definitely wearing those sandals that day. They were the only ones we could keep on his feet.

      “And we’re 99.9% sure that car was Ben’s. He was playing with them that day. You can sort of forgive an accident in time but when somebody takes that further and starts picking up a dead child and moving his remains again.

      “It’s monstrous behaviour. God know’s where he is. He could be in the bottom of the Aegean sea for all I know. It’s really sick.”

      Ben’s sister Leighanna, 23, added: “They are putting a whole family’s suffering on hold.

      “But we’re always hopeful someone will come forward and be brave by breaking the stigma which stops people coming to help us.”

      Experts will now test the sandal and car to see if it contain’s Ben’s DNA. Kerry, of Sheffield, has provided a sample of her own to assist.

      Forensic scientists working on her son’s case found the decomposed blood on the items.

      Professor Lorna Dawson, of the James Hutton institute in Aberdeen, has been working with South Yorkshire Police in the hunt for the boy. She said: “These findings could corroborate the police theory there was an accident and the body moved.

      "We were looking for any unusual samples that are specific to mammalians. A sheep, a dog will all leave behind different profiles. They have specific compounds.

      (cont.)

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      “We are looking for a change in the chemical fingerprint which can be left for many, many years. Behind the farmhouse where Ben was last seen playing, we found a whole range of them in the soil.

      "Twenty to 30 compounds. It’s that profile that is particularly identifiable as being human.” A specialist police dog used in the hunt for bodies reacted to the sandal sample.

      Prof Dawson added: “He didn’t react to the toy car but did to the sandal. There were less compounds on the car to detect and the sandal was very high. It was one of the highest samples.

      “Samples are now with the biologists who are trying to extract DNA, to see if it could be Ben’s. But the items are very old and very dirty. DNA could well be degraded. It might not be possible.”

      Superintendent Jon Cousins, who has been leading the investigation into Ben’s death, said: “Based on the facts and information obtained, it is still my professional belief that Ben died as a result of a tragic incident at the farmhouse involving heavy machinery.

      “There has been a thorough review of all the information and evidence gathered, with pioneering, scientific techniques conducted on items recovered from Kos during the searches.

      “The result of this work has recently revealed a development forensically, with early -examinations indicating potential signs of human decomposition.”

      Ben was said to be playing near the farmhouse when Dino was moving earth with his digger. He is known to have at least 70 other sites where he dumped rubble around the island.

      Before the builder died in 2015, he allegedly confessed to a friend he may have killed the youngster in a horror accident. The pal told police: “It’s time the family knew the truth, so they can stop searching.”

      Detectives believe Dino had an accomplice who may have helped hide the body. His family strongly deny he was involved in Ben’s death.

      But Kerry appealed for anyone who knows what happened to her son to come forward.

      She said: “Just tell me where he is, even ¬anonymously. Please send a letter, or an email.

      “I don’t care any more who goes to prison or not. Just tell me, that’s all I’ve ever wanted in 26 years. I want to put him at peace, my family at peace and my own mind at peace.

      “I won’t stop searching for Ben. I will go to my grave still looking for answers if I have to.”

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    3. Article #2

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/pioneering-scientific-proof-behind-blood-10858707

      The pioneering scientific proof behind the blood clues that could finally solve the Ben Needham case

      Professor Lorna Dawson is one of the leading soil scientists in the world and has been examining the case of missing Bem

      by Lucy Thornton
      22:22, 23 Jul 2017

      Professor Lorna Dawson, of the James Hutton Institute in Scotland is one of the leading soil scientists in the world.

      Talking to the Daily Mirror she confirmed they had found evidence of human blood decomposition on two items recovered from the Greek island of Kos.

      The first was discovered on a small scrap of leather from a child’s sandal – which matches the size and style worn by Ben Needham when he went missing.

      This was found in 2014 as they were taking soil samples behind the farmhouse where Ben was last seen playing.

      The second positive result came from soil scrapings taken from inside a toy car which was discovered a mile away from the farmhouse, where Dino used to dump his building rubble.

      This metal toy was found on the last day of a three-week search in October.

      The pioneering tests carried out by Professor Dawson and her team, can differentiate between blood decomposition and soft tissue decomposition.

      If it is soft tissue decomposition, it means the whole body decomposed while in contact with the item found.

      But they found indicators of blood decomposition - which may mean the body did not decompose while in contact with the sandal.

      The blood on the sandal decomposed separately. This could indicate that Ben’s body was removed and the bloodied sandal left behind where the blood decomposed away from the body.

      “I went out with the team in 2014 to investigate the area where Ben was last seen and down to where he may have wandered,” the professor told The Mirror.

      “We were looking for any anomalies, looking for unusual samples that are specific to mammalians. Anything organic that has broken down leaves behind a signature and then in time they can release volatiles into the soil.

      “So the natural soil has been changed because something has been added to it. A sheep, a dog will all leave behind different profiles. They have specific compounds.

      “We are looking for a change in the chemical fingerprint which can be left for many many years.

      “Behind the farmhouse where Ben was last seen playing, we found a whole range of them in the soil. Twenty to thirty compounds.

      “It’s that profile that is particularly identifiable as being human. We ran an independent test with the Police Scotland dog called Ollie, and his dog handler, Ryan Galloway.

      “He didn’t react to the toy car but did to the sandal.There were less compounds on the car to detect and the sandal was very high. It was one of the highest samples.

      (cont)

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    4. (cont)

      “Both the analytical test in our chemical labs, and the independent blind test with the dog, came up with the same compounds - the same items of interest.

      “The dog was able to indicate the scent that is indicative of the compounds related to humans. ”

      One of the areas they highlighted from the soil - as involving decomposition - later turned out to be the Roman graves which briefly held up the excavation last October.

      To help them with their pioneering work they turned to anthropologist Arpad Vass from Tennessee, who works on the so-called ‘body farm’ in the US.

      He has been researching decomposition in human remains - research which is impossible in the UK because it is banned.

      “In America you are allowed to leave your body to science and he has been studying decomposition, leaving bodies to decompose in different ways,” the professor said.

      “Because of his research we could look for certain compounds that would be indicative of a human source. This is ongoing research and is an evolving science. It is intelligence information.

      One of the areas they highlighted from the soil - as involving decomposition - later turned out to be the Roman graves which briefly held up the excavation last October.

      To help them with their pioneering work they turned to anthropologist Arpad Vass from Tennessee, who works on the so-called ‘body farm’ in the US.

      He has been researching decomposition in human remains - research which is impossible in the UK because it is banned.

      “In America you are allowed to leave your body to science and he has been studying decomposition, leaving bodies to decompose in different ways,” the professor said.

      “Because of his research we could look for certain compounds that would be indicative of a human source. This is ongoing research and is an evolving science. It is intelligence information.

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    5. Article #3:

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/pioneering-scientific-proof-behind-blood-10858707.amp

      Operation Ben Needham turned to Texas Body Farm for help with clues found on Kos

      The lab, officially the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF), is used by students, researchers and law enforcement worldwide

      ByLucy Thornton
      22:23, 23 JUL 2017

      South Yorkshire Police’s Operation Ben Needham team turned to the Texas Body Farm’for help in the hunt for clues.

      The lab, officially the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF), is used by students, researchers and law enforcement worldwide.

      It was branded the ‘body farm’ as human remains are scattered across the ground as the flesh slowly rots from the bones.

      There are dozens of bodies strewn about a wooded hillside in the US.

      Some are complete cadavers, but there are also limbs, organs and body fluids, including blood, scattered around the 26-acre outdoor site.

      Some of the cadavers are confined in cages to be studied for bacterial decomposition while others lay unprotected to track the effects of scavenging.

      The lab has only been open since 2008 and already the remains of 150 individuals have been studied.

      Another 200 still-living people have pre-registered to add their bodies for future research. It has been hailed as a pioneering facility crucial to science.

      The facility has been regularly visited by police, prosecutors and coroners since the 1980s, is also used to help identify plane crash victims and those buried in mass war graves.

      A local deer also visited, making headlines after being caught on camera chewing on a human rib.

      The research laboratory in Knoxville provides a unique opportunity for CSI teams to replicate murder scenes.

      Arpad Vass, a senior research scientist, helped the ‘Operation Ben’ team.

      As well as providing decomposition compounds to compare he also advocates the use of dogs.

      He said they can detect the scent of human remains under 30 metres of water, some can also detect traces as small as a shard of bone or drop of blood.

      They can also tell the difference between, a dead raccoon and a dead hiker.

      “Most think an odour is just made of one chemical, when in reality it is made up of dozens or hundreds of chemicals,” he has explained.

      Once the donor bodies are removed from FARF and processed they are kept for ever in the Texas State Donated Skeletal Collection for future research.

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    6. Very interesting articles wondering out loud here,Rowley refused to be drawn on whether they were looking at forensics,were any kept in the McCann case?

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  36. A MSM paper has picked up the story:

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/24/ben-needham-blood-found-on-toy-car-and-sandal

    Ben Needham: blood found on toy car and sandal

    Police say discovery ‘corroborates and strengthens’ theory that boy died in accident 26 years ago on Greek island of Kos

    Josh Halliday North of England correspondent
    Monday 24 July 2017 08.45 BST

    Signs of blood have been found on a toy car and sandal believed to have belonged to toddler Ben Needham, who disappeared on Kos 26 years ago.

    South Yorkshire police said the development “corroborates and strengthens” the theory Ben died in an accident at his grandparents’ farmhouse where he had been staying.

    But Ben’s mother, Kerry Needham, said the discovery was evidence of a “massive cover-up” and that her son’s body must have been moved after his death: “It shows more of a conspiracy because they didn’t find Ben’s body,” she told the Daily Mirror.

    “That proves it to me without doubt they obviously moved him and buried him and, for whatever reason, dug him up. There’s no other explanation.”

    Ben went missing while playing near his grandparents’ farmhouse, in Iraklis, while it was being renovated on 24 July 1991.

    Last October, South Yorkshire police formally ended an extensive search of the site, and a second site 750 metres away, saying they believe the toddler may have been crushed by a digger working on the renovation.

    Ben’s body has never been found although other items – thought to be a toy car and sandal belonging to the 21-month-old – are being tested for his DNA after being recovered previously.
    Scientists said on Monday they had found human blood samples on the items but that further testing was required to link them directly to Ben.

    The sandal was reportedly found in 2012 at the site where Konstantinos “Dino” Barkas was operating a digger, while the car was discovered last year at another spot. Barkas is believed to have died from stomach cancer in 2015.

    Prof Lorna Dawson, head of the soil forensics group at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, said a team of scientists had discovered the “chemical finger print” of compounds left behind “when there has been decomposition or decay”.

    “There’s a strong indication from this chemical profile that this was present on those items as a result of blood decomposition,” she said.

    “It’s significant in identifying that there had been a human who had bled in contact with those items. The biologist has to come in now and identify who left that blood on that item by extracting the DNA.”

    DI Jon Cousins added: “It’s not evidence, it’s intelligence which supports what we believe, that unfortunately and tragically Ben died as a result of an incident at that farmhouse. It’s my belief that [the findings] corroborate and strengthen that theory.”

    Kerry Needham said the discovery suggested there had been a “massive cover-up” of her son’s death and that his body must have been moved before police searched the two sites last October.

    She told the Daily Mirror: ”This confirms what the police have been saying all along. My Ben was killed in an accident. But it also suggests that not only did they kill my boy and bury him where the toy car was found, they then moved him before police got to the site last October.

    “What kind of human being does that? It just infuriates me. How can they do such a thing? He was definitely wearing those sandals that day. They were the only ones we could keep on his feet.

    “And we’re 99.9% sure that car was Ben’s. He was playing with them that day. You can sort of forgive an accident in time but when somebody takes that further and starts picking up a dead child and moving his remains again, it’s monstrous behaviour. God know’s where he is. He could be in the bottom of the Aegean Sea for all I know. It’s really sick.”

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    1. So, according to Kerry Needham, there was a "collective" helping dispose of the body:

      "But Ben’s mother, Kerry Needham, said the discovery was evidence of a “massive cover-up” and that her son’s body must have been moved after his death: “It shows more of a conspiracy because they didn’t find Ben’s body,” she told the Daily Mirror.

      “That proves it to me without doubt they obviously moved him and buried him and, for whatever reason, dug him up. There’s no other explanation.”"

      How very, very interesting.

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    2. im never sure Textusa when you are talking about the Needham case whether you are linking it directly to the McCann case. The collective helping to dispose of the body is the same as in the McCann case. Is that what your getting at.

      Just related to the Needham case notice how Kerry Needham carefully suggests that the original burial spot was where the toy car was found which according to reports was quite a distance from the farmhouse. Far enough that the parents who were at the farmhouse could not possibly see him being buried although it would be hard to miss him being knocked down and killed by a big digger just feet from them. The theory that he was buried where the toy car is in direct contradiction about what the professor says about the chemical fingerprint left by human remains which she says 20 to 30 compounds were found behind the farmhouse

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    3. Anonymous 24 Jul 2017, 21:56:00,

      This blog is exclusively about Maddie.

      We are just pointing out that Kerry Needham seems to be acknowledging that a group of people got together and helped to dispose of Ben's body to cover-up for whatever would the body reveal if such a cover-up didn't exist.

      We think there are relevant similarities between this and what happened to Maddie.

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