Lying in the Sun

Take 2 - Andy Redwood

Take - 2  Andy Redwood 2013 





Sky Reporter:


What has the Metropolitan Police decided to do in relation to the Madeleine McCann case?


Redwood:

Well in relation to the two year’s work that we have undertaken we have decided to move from Review to uhm Investigation.

Sky:

And why have you decided to do that?

Redwood:

Well we in consultation with our Portuguese colleagues are absolutely committed, absolutely committed, committed to finding out what happened to Madeleine McCann, and we have been in a unique position over the last 2 years in drawing together 3 strands, Portuguese, UK and private investigators material, and from that a van…a vast quality (quantity ?) of material has been analysed, and we have identified 38 persons of interest, and within that, 12 who are UK nationals, and it is from that position that we have been able to move from review to investigation.

 

Sky:

So what does this mean practically in terms of the search for Madeleine McCann, what happens now?

Redwood:

Well what it means practically is that we will be shortly serving to the Portuguese authorities following a judicial route uhm formal request for evidence to be gathered.

Sky:

What can you tell us about people that you have found who are of interest, the numbers, where they are from, and what you intend to do?

 

Redwood:


Yes, well those 38 people in total are from a number of European countries and obviously the inquiries that we seek to undertake will be, will be to understand more about what role, if any, they played in Madeleine’s disappearance.  What I should say though over the last two years the Review has told me that there is no clear definitive proof that Madeleine McCann is dead.  And so on that basis I still genuinely believe that there is a possibility that she is alive.  And so I would ask the public to continue to look for her.

 

(Redwood then gives directions to Metropolitan Police Website and Crime Stoppers contact details etc)

 

Sky:

You are confident that you can try and find her alive?

 

Redwood:

Well everything we are doing is focused towards trying to find Madeleine McCann uhm and there are no guarantees of any outcome.  But I can assure you of our absolute determination to try and establish what has happened to her.

 

Sky:

What about the McCann family they’ve been involved have they?

 

Redwood:

Madeleine McCanns parents, Kate and Gerry McCann have been in close collaboration with us from the beginning, and I meet with them regularly and they are fully updated as to where we are in terms of our Review and now Investigation.

 

Sky:

In terms of those suspects who are of interest, some of them are abroad and some of them are in the UK can you can just talk to…what…who those suspects are where they are?

 

Redwood:

 

Well I WOULDN’T use the word  SUSPECTS they are persons of interest and they are a mixture of persons from a number of places in Europe, and what I wouldn’t want to do today is to go into any great detail about that other than to assure you that we are working diligently to find out more about these individuals.

 

Sky: 

What has changed have you had new evidence, new information, what has changed to lead you to open this investigation.

 

Redwood:

Well as we have worked carefully over the last sort of two years through that review process, we have now processed some 30,000 documents and some of those documents could have say one page some have got hundreds of pages.  From that you will recall last year that I said we had 195 investigative opportunities.  We have now generated over 3,800 actions and it is from a careful analysis of that work that we have been able to establish new thinking and we have spoken to witnesses who have provided new evidence for us.

Sky:

And the Portuguese are being helpful in this investigation being led by the British police?

 

Redwood: 

Yes we have visited Portugal on 16 occasions the Portuguese have worked with us we have always been welcome guests and we are working carefully and closely together now in order to progress this case. 

Sky

Some people…some people, suggested quite cruelly at the time that the McCann parents might be in some way involved with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, what can you say about the involvement of Madeleine McCanns parents in anything to do with her disappearance.
 

Redwood: 

Neither, her parents or any of the members of the group who were with them are either persons of interest or suspects.

Sky
 

Because obviously there were some rumours at the time, but you are quite categorical in that?
 

Redwood:

They are not persons of interest or suspects they are parents who have lost their daughter and we are doing all that we can to bring resolution for them to find out what has happened to Madeleine.

Sky:

How big is the team that is involved and where do you go from here?

 

Redwood:

My team consists of 37 staff that is a mixture, predominantly of police officers but also police staff as well.  The size of my team will stay largely the same and moving forward from here we will hopefully have a position where whilst the legal inquiries are being conducted by the Portuguese that we have the ability to be present while those inquiries are taking place.  So I envisage a situation where a small number of officers will be present in Portugal.

 

And obviously there has been many years since this case are you still confident you can discover what happened to Madeleine?

 

Redwood:

We have been in a unique position in drawing those three key strands together, that has given us the ability to see this case with fresh eyes and through that bring out new, genuinely new lines of inquiry and I am hopeful that when we pursue those lines of inquiry we will be able to bring some sort of resolution - whether we will be able to solve it… is a different issue…but I hope that we will have ability to move the investigation on.

END



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4th August 2013

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