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Mirror on McCanns

20 Jul 2013 00:00

Madeleine McCann: British detectives
to arrive at scene 'within days' to follow up new leads


Officers from Scotland Yard travelling to the scene could interview witnesses and suspects, search properties and even make arrests.

British detectives looking for missing Madeleine McCann could arrive in Portugal within days to follow up a string of new leads. 


Officers from Scotland Yard will travel to the scene of the crime, potentially interviewing witnesses and suspects, searching properties and even making arrests.


It comes after the Crown Prosecution Service yesterday confirmed it had written a letter to Portuguese judges on Thursday asking for permission to gather evidence, with the help of the local police.


The letter is believed to name a number of suspects and witnesses living in Portugal who officers want to talk to over the coming months.


It is thought to outline possible offences being probed, including child trafficking, kidnap and murder.

Madeleine went missing while she was on holiday in the Algarve with parents Kate and Gerry and her twin siblings six years ago.


The Met said two weeks ago that it wanted to trace 38 potential suspects across five countries, having reviewed the case for two years.


It announced a full criminal inquiry and Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading Operation Grange, said: “The review has given us new thinking, new theories, new evidence and new witnesses.”


He added: “We remain committed to finding out what happened to Madeleine. Everything we do is utterly focused on her best interests. We continue to believe there is a possibility she is alive. We remain in close contact with Kate and Gerry McCann.”


Last night Scotland Yard refused to be drawn on when the team of detectives would fly out but a CPS spokesman confirmed yesterday: “The letter has been sent.”

Alison Saunders, the chief crown prosecutor for London, and her colleague Jenny Hopkins, head of the CPS complex casework unit, have already discussed how to obtain the evidence with Portuguese lawyers.


Launching a full investigation abroad is rare and such probes are tightly governed.


It will be a joint inquiry between the two countries and authorities in capital Lisbon insisted “the British authorities cannot act on their own in Portugal”.


Madeleine was almost four when she disappeared from her family’s holiday ­apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007.

She had been asleep in the apartment with the younger twins while her parents dined out with their friends nearby.


The original Portuguese inquiry was shelved in 2008. British detectives have visited the country 16 times in the past two years but the probe could not be re-opened unless there was significant new evidence.

Prime Minister David Cameron ordered the Met to review the case in 2011 and a team examined files from Portuguese police, British agencies and the McCanns’ private detectives.


The discovery of new leads convinced the Met there was a chance of solving the case, leading to Thursday’s International Letter of Request.


When the probe was confirmed, a spokesman for the McCanns said:


 “It is a big step forward in establishing what happened and, hopefully, towards bringing whoever is responsible for Madeleine’s abduction to justice.”





Could, might, will possibly, potentially, maybe, need permission, chance, tightly governed, rare, refused to be drawn, significant new evidence, could not re-open, shelved, coming months...


Whether ‘the letter’ has been sent (and this seems to have been the purpose of the article, to inform that the CPS got the finger out in this respect,  the reports of last week appeared to indicate they were lax in their attitude no urgency was shown) whether/when the permission the Metropolitan Police require will be granted/rubber stamped in Portugal, and whether The Metropolitan Police don’t want to be drawn on when they might/will travel to Portugal (though why is odd, as it is not as though they exactly have been keeping matters secret over the past couple months re what is their intention, they have been leaking this information, left, right and centre of late…) and whether they will discover that any, some, all, none of the persons they wish to interview are guilty of any involvement in the disappearance of Madeleine, it remains, and seems apparent that the Metropolitan Police DO NOT at this time, have sufficient credible evidence to have the case re-opened in Portugal!

Whether after interviews, this position will change and the case WILL be re-opened remains to be seen.


If all of these persons are ruled out of the investigation - and it would seem very likely, they are potential witnesses, as opposed to potential suspects (the numbers being so great) – then where do the Met go from there?


Is it ‘wrap it up’ time?  


It could be as far as the Met are concerned, as the press have made much of the comment attributed to the Met 'the last chance for Madeleine' the emphasis being on getting that message across.

Or does the ‘suspect status’ of the McCanns and their companions change?’  Will Met look at them again, that is presuming they already have?  


Still so much requires to be explained by the McCann party, as to why the stories, they told the Portuguese Police and the Leicestershire Police – left both forces having serious doubts as to the honesty and credibility of their police witness statements?

No matter, if someone is arrested for crimes committed against Madeleine - it still does not account for the stories told by the group, the lies, the misleading documentary they made, the book, the diary, their interviews, televised and otherwise, why the need for a despicable mouthpiece like Mitchell, who has invented stories on their behalf in the case of a missing child, one cannot stoop lower, and most crucially, their police witness statements - which all can see - which the Portuguese Police and the Leicestershire Police saw - do NOT add up, not by any stretch of the imagination.


As British forensic expert who examined the holiday apartment said – his opinion is that no one could have gone through the bedroom window of the McCann apartment as they have claimed

A ‘Staged scene’ at the McCann apartment, being what this man was speaking of, though as he said, he must be careful not to say this...


And not forgetting Former British Police Chief, Manchester, John Stalker, who believes that the McCann party are 'hiding a secret' which prompted the following statement

“My gut instinct is that some big secret is probably being covered up.


I have watched the investigation into the Madeleine McCann case drag out for six months.


One thing above all worries me: Why have the McCanns and the seven other members of their group the Tapas Nine remained so silent?


Unlike other high-profile cases I have worked on, not one of them has been prepared to break ranks or really come out and support each other.


After all this time and pressure, I cannot believe that nobody wants to speak.


I have a REAL SUSPICION that we are NOT being told the WHOLE truth.


There is SOMETHING ELSE THERE, some issue that members of the party are embarrassed about?”





Redwood and his team at the Met must see too that much is awry in this case.   That something is being concealed.  That the stories concocted by the group were for a reason.  

He and his investigation team,  too must see that there is‘something else there’   


If they don’t – they must be the ONLY police force on the planet, which cannot see it! 


Do they see, and they are just not prepared at this point in time to state as much?

The Mirror article included a 'gallery' of their previous reporting on this case...
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