16th May 2011
Dear Prime Minister Mr Cameron.
I write to you again in respect of my son Ben Needham, who I’m sure
needs no introduction: in the light of the breaking news on Friday 13th
May I felt I had no choice in writing to you again.
I can not begin to find words to describe to you the pain I felt in my
heart when it was reported in the media you have authorised British
police officers from the MET to investigate the abduction of Madeline
McCann, also to be involved are high ranking officers that are
specialists in cold cases, and a special grant has been arranged to
assist these officers in the investigation.
I have written to every PM since 1991 asking for this to be done for Ben
and every reply I have had from downing street or the foreign office has
said the same. “British police officers can not investigate a crime that
took place in a foreign country, there is no funding available to assist
in any such cases and British police officers can not go to a foreign
country to help in an investigation unless invited.”
I am sorry to say Mr Cameron but in light of what resources have been
allocated to help find Madeline I feel that very little has ever been
given by our government to help find Ben, apart a liaison officer at
South Yorkshire Police and a wonderful man named Gordon Bernard who was
the consular at the Embassy in Athens for a while.
Please do not get me wrong Jane Morley has been a tower of strength over
the last few years and I know I have always had the support of South
Yorkshire Police to which I am very grateful, but they have never been
given any such like resources to enable them to investigate Ben’s
I have ONE senior investigating officer named James Adbie who can do a
review of the case files held here at South Yorkshire Police but that is
nothing compare to what the McCann family have been given after only 4
years when I have been waiting nearly 20.
What also caused devastation to myself and family is your reported
reasons for requesting this investigation, you said it was because this
was a unique and high profile case, at the end of the day Madeline and
Ben are children that have been abducted from a foreign country.
I cant help feeling Mr Cameron that Ben is not as important to anyone
that is official or in power, but what I can tell you is he is so
important to myself and family and also 100s of people in and around
You maybe already aware that there are lots of people who are angry,
upset and disgusted with your decision to help one family of a missing
child but not others.
I have received 100s of messages of love and support on Ben’s website
and face book page so I know I have the backing of this country and I am
sure you will be receiving other letters.
As you can imagine I was contacted by all the British media for my
thoughts and opinions on this matter but I remained dignified when the
news broke. And refused any press interviews so as not to spark media
frenzy but just released a small statement, for one I could not console
myself or control my emotions and another I wanted to write to you and
ask you personally WHY???
WHY Madeline’s case and not Bens.
WHY cant Bens case be re opened as a cold case and investigated by
British police officers and Madeline’s can.
WHY does Madeline get investigating officers and Madeline can. WHY does
Madeline get investigating officers from the MET and Ben gets liaison
officers. WHY does Madeline get a special grant to fund the
investigation and Ben gets nothing.
WHY Mr Cameron WHY????
Please Mr Cameron treat Ben with the same respect he is loved just as
much. I may not be a doctor or surgeon or hold a high place in society
but I love my child more than life and he has been denied this love for
nearly 20 years, he has been denied the right to an investigation into
his abduction please do not deny my son anything else and authorise that
South Yorkshire Police have EXACTLY the same resources the MET have been
Please do not deny my son his human rights any longer, I will hold off
doing any press interviews regarding this situation until I receive your
I look forward to hearing from you very soon