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Kate McCann: "We're not the ones who's done something wrong here..."

 

09 October 2013: Sky News announce that detectives are to issue an e-fit image of a man seen near the holiday apartment from which Madeleine vanished in 2007.

11 October 2013: A trailer is released for the forthcoming Crimewatch programme, in which DCI Andy Redwood describes experiencing "a revelation moment" in the investigation.

13 October 2013: Police reveal that the timeline and accepted version of events surrounding Madeleine McCann's disappearance have "significantly changed".

Madeleine McCann Police Probe Possible Suspect, 09 October 2013
Madeleine McCann Police Probe Possible Suspect Sky News

12:09pm UK, Wednesday 09 October 2013

British detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are releasing a new picture of a possible suspect.

Madeleine McCann disappeared in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3, 2007

By Martin Brunt, Crime Correspondent

Scotland Yard is to appeal for information about a new suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Detectives are to issue an e-fit image of a man seen near the holiday apartment from where the then three-year-old vanished in 2007.

Her parents Kate and Gerry McCann have been shown the image and say they are "greatly encouraged" by the progress of the Metropolitan Police, who have effectively taken over the hunt for the missing girl.

The officer in charge of the case, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, is expected next week to give details of the suspect's movements around the resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal, on the day Madeleine disappeared.

But sources said police will not know how significant the suspect is until he is identified, traced and interviewed.

Kate and Gerry McCann believe their daughter is still alive

He is one of 41 individuals police believe are "people of interest" they need to talk to.

The image of the possible new suspect is expected to form a crucial part of fresh appeals at the beginning of next week.

Police will give some idea of what witnesses have said about his behaviour on Monday.

They will be making an appeal for new witnesses to come forward if they recall seeing him around the apartment six years ago, or recognise him now, from the detailed image.

The Metropolitan Police now has a team of six Portuguese detectives based in Faro who are carrying out inquiries on its behalf.

The Portuguese investigation is officially closed but authorities there are backing the Scotland Yard inquiry and officers from both countries will work together in pursuing new leads.

Madeleine's parents have said they remain "optimistic" of finding their daughter and will not accept she is dead until they are presented with clear evidence.

Her disappearance is to be the subject of a Crimewatch appeal on Monday to try to produce new witnesses in the case.

It will also be aired in Holland and Germany - where many tourists in the Algarve come from.

There appears to be some doubt as to whether it will be shown in Portugal.

'Madeleine suspect e-fit drawn up', 09 October 2013
 
'Madeleine suspect e-fit drawn up' The Press Association

09-10-2013 - 13:06 AM

A new Crimewatch appeal is being launched for information on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann
British detectives investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance are to issue an e-fit of a possible suspect, it has been reported

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A new picture of a possible suspect connected to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is to be released by police, it has been claimed.

Sky News reported that British detectives investigating Madeleine's disappearance are to issue the "e-fit" but Scotland Yard would neither confirm nor deny the claim.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: "We are not prepared to discuss, comment or speculate on the content of the upcoming appeal in relation to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

"This has been weeks in the planning and each element of the investigation must be set into the overall context of the appeal.

"We will be asking for help from the public in a number of countries, delivered through a series of public appeals.

"We will do nothing to jeopardise the effectiveness of these appeals and we have repeatedly stated that media speculation can be damaging to our efforts.

"The MPS will release the relevant material at the relevant time."

Madeleine disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 2007 as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant with friends.

British detectives launched a fresh investigation in July this year - two years into a review of the case - and a new BBC Crimewatch appeal on the case is to be aired on Monday.

The appeal will include a reconstruction of the "latest, most detailed understanding" of the events around the time Madeleine went missing.

Scotland Yard has revealed a vast log of mobile phone traffic could be the key to finding out what happened to the girl.

Madeleine's parents have said they remain "optimistic" of finding their daughter and will not accept she is dead until they are presented with clear evidence.

The Metropolitan Police now has a team of six Portuguese detectives based in Faro who are carrying out inquiries on its behalf.

The Portuguese investigation is officially closed but authorities there are backing the Scotland Yard inquiry and officers from both countries will work together in pursuing new leads.

Yesterday it emerged that Madeleine's mother Kate McCann has asked to give evidence at the libel trial of former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral, over claims in his book The Truth of the Lie.

Her husband Gerry McCann is fighting to give evidence at the trial in Lisbon, and it was revealed that the couple's lawyer Isabel Duarte last week applied for Kate to step into the witness box as well.

The judge is yet to rule on the application, as well as one by Mr Amaral.

Last week Gerry's sister Trish Cameron told the court that the family's pain over Madeleine's disappearance was "multiplied 100 times" by the book.

She said the youngster's parents had been left in "purgatory" and the book and subsequent documentary had seen them "vilified" and "demonised".

The trial has previously heard how Mrs McCann had suicidal thoughts in the aftermath of the book's publication in 2008.

The McCanns say the former detective's claims in the book, including suggestions that they hid their daughter's body after she died in an accident and faked an abduction, damaged the hunt for Madeleine and exacerbated their anguish.

If successful they stand to gain around £1 million in damages.

Will Madeleine McCann's family ever see an end to their torment?, 09 October 2013
Will Madeleine McCann's family ever see an end to their torment? Belfast Telegraph

Enduring mystery: Madeleine McCann
Enduring mystery: Madeleine McCann


 

BY LINDY MCDOWELL – 09 OCTOBER 2013

The holiday apartment complex is just as described in the brochure. In a quiet area of the family resort, within easy walking distance of the sea. The whitewashed blocks are well maintained, the grounds pristine.

The place exudes tranquility. The only sounds, the joyous cries of pupils on a break at the school just over the road. And the yelps of small children splashing around the club's baby pool. Their mothers lie on sunbeds nearby; from the road you get the odd snatch of their chatter and their accents. Mostly English. Some Irish.

None of these women will be unaware of the history of the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz.

Six years ago Madeleine McCann, three going on four, disappeared from this holiday complex.

In those years since, the possible fate of that little girl has haunted, mystified and intrigued millions across the globe.

We all want to know what became of Madeleine. We all have a theory.

And now she's back in the headlines again – or rather the search to find her is. At the same time as her parents' libel action against a former Portuguese police chief gets under way, British police, involved in a major review, say they have discovered fresh leads.

Having trawled through phone records of thousands of people in the resort that evening in May 2007, they believe they have uncovered new information giving a 'clearer picture' of what happened. Next week their new theory is to be revealed in a television Crimewatch special.

What could this breakthrough centre on? Media reports initially suggested a Portuguese paedophile ring. But this has been replaced with speculation about a gang of burglars said to have been targeting apartments in the area around the time.

An odd one surely. If burglars had disturbed a young child why would they take her with them? In fairness this line is just media speculation.

Maybe the police do have something more substantial. Six years on technological and forensic methods are more sophisticated. But the trail is six years colder too. The Portuguese police are reported to be aiding their British counterparts.

The local police's relationship with the McCanns was strained from the outset as we know. Much Portuguese public opinion was scandalised by the revelation that the couple had left their three very young children alone in their beds that night as they dined in a tapas restaurant which is part of the complex but some considerable distance away from their apartment.

Walking around the sizeable complex and seeing the distance between the bar and the apartment – and the latter so very close to the public road – you can quite understand local bewilderment at the two doctors' dreadful lapse of judgment.

But they've paid a terrible price for that. The most awful price imaginable.

And yet even today in the UK public sympathy for them remains starkly divided. The couple and their plight still evoke pity and criticism in equal measure.

Online there is much debate about why other missing child cases have not had similar resources devoted to them.

Millions have been spent on the search for Madeleine. A waste? Surely not when there's a chance that the child could still be found (and countless cases elsewhere remind us that such an outcome is always a possibility).

The only thing we do know for certain is that someone, somewhere out there knows the truth of what happened that night. An appeal – yet another appeal – may, even after all these years, smite their conscience and prompt them to tell what they know.

For, regardless of the technological advances police now have at their disposal, you can't help but feel that it will only be through someone coming forward, or just sheer luck, that the heartbreaking, enduring mystery of little Madeleine will be solved. If ever it will.

'An E-fit Can Make A Difference', 09 October 2013
'An E-fit Can Make A Difference' Sky News - Video

Peter Kirkham with Jayne Secker, Sky News, 09 October 2013
Peter Kirkham with Jayne Secker, Sky News, 09 October 2013

4:11pm UK, Wednesday 09 October 2013

Former Met Detective Peter Kirkham tells Sky News an "accurate" e-fit can make "an awful lot of difference" to a police appeal, as detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann prepare to release an image of a possible new suspect.

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Transcript

By Nigel Moore

Jayne Secker: Former Met Detective, Peter Kirkham, errm... Peter, good to see you. What difference can an e-fit make to... to an inquiry?

Peter Kirkham: Errm... It can make an awful lot of difference, if it's accurate, and... and, errr... the investigation team wouldn't be releasing it until they were... unless they were fairly sure that it was a reasonable likeness that people are going to recognise, errm... assuming that it's only been put together fairly recently, errm... rather than having been around for years and not used. Errm... It's a long time since the incident so the witness that's prepared it must have a good mental image of the... the face of the person they've... they've prep... errr... they recall.

Jayne Secker: So, where do you think this is likely to have come from? Do you think it will simply be a witness on the evening that the police may have spoken to in the past but... but, for whatever reason, didn't actually put that information together into an e-fit?

Peter Kirkham: My guess would be that what they've done is they've tried to work out exactly who was where around the sort of few minutes around the disappearance of Madeleine, from the time she was last known to be present to when she was known not be present. Errm... Trying to work out who all the witnesses are talking about because witnesses talk not just about suspects, they talk about everybody they see and so you try and work out what were the witnesses wearing, so that if they're describing each other you can sort of cross-reference the accounts and you sort of get this little sort of mental model of how everybody is, and whatever. And it sounds to me like they've got somebody that's being mentioned there, that they don't know who it is.

Jayne Secker: How hard is it for police to pick up an investigation after such a long length of time has passed? The Met has picked it up 6 years on from... from when it happened, when they started back in July.

Peter Kirkham: Yeah, it's... it's obviously difficult. Errm... There are some things that you just can't do, you know, crime scenes have gone and things like that, errm... but there are some advantages. There... if somebody knows something and at the time doesn't tell the police - because they've got loyalties to people or they don't want to drop them in trouble - then loyalties can change over time; psychological pressure, of knowing something that nobody else knows, can build over time and so it... it can, you know, when you come back to a case, it can break it open.

Jayne Secker: But I suppose that has to be balanced with, as you say, the... the information that's lost over the years; the forensic information that's gone and things like that.

Peter Kirkham: Yes, it's really difficult but, as I say, I think what we've got here is somebody that they don't know who it is. It doesn't appear to be one of the witnesses they know, so they're trying to establish who it is, and they might be a witness, they might be a totally innocent party, or they might be a suspect of some sort.

Jayne Secker: This is all going to be... be part of a big Crimewatch appeal next week. How effective are these big appeals when we see a lot of resources, a lot of press interest around it, and then on... on the day itself, unveiling this information - creating a buzz, almost, around this?

Peter Kirkham: Yeah, they're... they can be a bit of a double edged sword because the amount of coverage this will get worldwide - they are going to get a million phone calls! I'm probably exaggerating a bit but probably hundreds, if not thousands, of phone calls suggesting names, or people that fit the description, or bright ideas. They're going to have to sift through all that and then... and, you know, where they've got people that they can actually identify, then start to do some background research: Were they, or could they have been, in Praia da Luz at the time?

Madeleine McCann Police To Make New Appeal, 09 October 2013
 
Madeleine McCann Police To Make New Appeal Sky News - Video

Martin Brunt

4:11pm UK, Wednesday 09 October 2013

Scotland Yard detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are due to release an e-fit image of a new suspect. Sky's Martin Brunt reports.

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Transcript

By Nigel Moore

Martin Brunt: We're not going to see this image probably until Monday because Scotland Yard have, errm... a very organised media strategy but what I've learned is that this is a man that police are very keen to identify, errr... to question, errr... simply to find out what role he might have had in, errr... Madeleine's disappearance.

The police are going to give a lot more details next week and will put it into context but, as far as I know at the moment, he's simply a man who was seen around the apartment, errr... on the day that Madeleine disappeared, and we're going back to the 3rd of May 2007, and it appears that, errr... they've come up with this image, errr... errr... computerised image of a man based on what new witnesses have been able to tell them.

Now, in the past 2 or 3 weeks, police have been talking about 41 'persons of interest' - that's how they describe them - people that they want to find and talk to but, errr... as I understand it the appeals next week, errm... through various media but including Crimewatch, errr... the Crimewatch programme, will focus very much on this man and they'll be asking holidaymakers, who were in the resort of Praia da Luz at the time, whether they remember seeing a man like this or indeed anybody else who might recognise him as a... as a friend, or a neighbour, or somebody that they know, errm... elsewhere - since that time that Madeleine disappeared.

Errr... I'm told that the detail, errm... is quite pronounced, errm... and if anybody does know this individual they ought to be able to recognise him from the drawing that's, errr... that's been put together. So, although police will be talking in a much wider sense about trying to get new information about Madeleine's disappearance, and indeed showing a reconstruction, errm... of the hours around the time she vanished, this, errr... e-fit of a new suspect, errm... is going to be a crucial part of it and sources are saying - although Scotland Yard won't officially discuss this - errm... sources are suggesting that there is a real need to find him, errr... and question him before they have a real idea, errr... exactly how he fits into the jigsaw.

New Madeleine McCann e-fit of kidnap suspect could be very significant, 09 October 2013
 
New Madeleine McCann e-fit of kidnap suspect could be very significant Daily Mirror

By Trevor Marriott | 9 Oct 2013 17:49

There are lots of stones left unturned. It's good Scotland Yard have got the case by the scruff of the neck with a new e-fit

Madeleine McCann

The new e-fit of a Madeleine McCann kidnap suspect due to be unveiled could be very significant.

However, there may be a problem with accuracy if this was drawn from a recent description from a witness who saw something five years ago.

You have to take into account the length of time between when the witnesses saw what they saw and when the e-fit was prepared.

E-fits can be very, very useful. I've been involved in a couple of cases where we've found a suspect and there's a striking resemblance.

But if the witness is off target it can send police in the wrong direction.

There are certain rules you have to follow like how long a witness saw the suspect for, how near the suspect was, how clear their view was and how light it was.

If there's more than one witness you can compare their accounts but you still have to work within a legal system. It's got to be able to stand up in court.

There will be someone in the force trained to organise witnesses and glean as much information from them as possible.

What you can do now with e-fits is phenomenal. It's really improved over time. It's much better than the old photo-fits.

There are lots of stones left unturned. It's good Scotland Yard have got the case by the scruff of the neck.

I'm sure there are plenty of leads the Met Police are following that the Portuguese police didn't manage to.

I would like to be optimistic. My gut feeling is she's still alive. The next step will be finding a name and if that name is significant.

If someone comes up with a name, and that person can be placed at the scene or nearby, that's a bonus.

The police may already have a suspect in mind and they want witnesses to come forward and corroborate what one witness has already told them.

Trevor Marriott is a retired police murder squad detective. Visit his website here.

Maddy cops e-fit breakthrough, 10 October 2013
 
Maddy cops e-fit breakthrough Daily Mirror (paper edition)

 
Daily Mirror, 10 October 2013

 

NEW HOPE FOR MCCANNS

Detectives to reveal face of suspect seen near apartment


By ANDY LINES Chief Reporter
Thursday October 10, 2013


BRITISH police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are ready to release an e-fit of a new suspect.

The man is thought to have been seen near her family's holiday flat in Portugal at the time Madeleine vanished in 2007 aged three. The breakthrough has brought fresh hope to parents Kate and Gerry.

Police vowed to issue "the relevant material at the relevant time".

[photo text: MISSING Madeleine on day she vanished]

FULL STORY: PAGE 5


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Madeleine McCann: Release of first suspect e-fit by British police takes investigation to new level
Daily Mirror

By Andy Lines | 9 Oct 2013 22:28

New hope for Gerry and Kate McCann as Met Police are believed to be focusing their investigation on one man

Who is he? Timeline of a key suspect

Six years after Madeleine McCann vanished, the search for the culprits has taken a major leap forward.

It emerged yesterday that British detectives are preparing to release their first e-fit since taking up the hunt for her.

The image is of a man who is a new suspect in the probe.

After receiving information from fresh witnesses, Met police are believed to be focusing their investigation on the man.

Madeleine was three in 2007 when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz while her parents Kate and Gerry were at a nearby restaurant.

The e-fit created by Scotland Yard, which launched its probe three months ago, is expected to be featured on Monday night during a Crimewatch appeal for help to track down whoever took the girl.

The Met team, led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, has worked with the BBC TV show on a reconstruction of the events leading up to the disappearance.

Chiefs would not comment on the significance of the e-fit, but vowed to "release the relevant material at the relevant time".

The force added it was planning "a series of public appeals" in various countries.

A statement said: "We are not prepared to discuss, comment or speculate on the content of the upcoming appeal in relation to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

"This has been weeks in the planning and each element of the investigation must be set into the overall context of the appeal."

The man officers are hunting was apparently near the flat at around the time Madeleine vanished.

This potential breakthrough is believed to have been warmly welcomed by the McCanns who are confident the search for their daughter is progressing.

In the years since Madeleine was taken, Kate and Gerry, both 45, of Rothley, Leics, have released various e-fits of potential suspects.

They included a man with buck teeth seen at the flat in the days before the McCanns arrived.

In 2011 the Met launched Operation Grange, a review of Madeleine's case, after complaints about the efforts of Portuguese police.

Then in July this year the review became a full-blown Scotland Yard inquiry.

Six Portuguese detectives based in Faro, in southern Portugal, are helping the Met by carrying out investigations on its behalf.

Daily Mirror, paper edition: 'So, who is he?', 10 October 2013

Daily Mirror, paper edition, 10 October 2013

[text of article same as that online]

Madeleine: Police have new suspect, 10 October 2013
 
Madeleine: Police have new suspect Daily Express (paper edition)

 
Daily Express, 10 October 2013

 

Scotland Yard detectives to release picture soon

[text as per online article]

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Madeleine McCann police have new suspect Daily Express

A NEW image of a potential suspect for the kidnap of Madeleine McCann could provide a dramatic breakthrough in the case.

By: John Twomey
Published: Thu, October 10, 2013

Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007 [PA]

 

Detectives plan to release the picture in the next few days as part of a major television appeal, which will include an appearance by Madeleine's parents.

Police declined to discuss the image - which is believed to be a computer generated e-fit - but it is understood to be a central part of the fresh material gathered by Operation Grange, the Scotland Yard investigation into the little girl's disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann have been shown the picture of the mystery figure seen close to the holiday apartment in Portugal from where the three-year-old was snatched in May 2007.

It will feature prominently on BBC's Crimewatch which is due to be broadcast on Monday night.

Police and the programme makers are hopeful the appeal will be a big step forward in the quest for the truth about what happened to Madeleine.

A source close to her family said: "Everyone on the team is hoping and praying that it brings the McCanns the breakthrough they so desperately need."

Madeleine, who would now be 10, vanished days before her fourth birthday.

The Crimewatch appeal is a significant stage in Operation Grange, which was launched in May 2011 after the McCanns appealed directly to Prime Minister David Cameron for help. Detectives have identified 41 possible suspects.

The list includes 15 Britons, although three are expected to be ruled out of the inquiry in the next few days.

A Yard spokesman said yesterday: "We are not prepared to discuss, comment or speculate on the content of the upcoming appeal in relation to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

"This has been weeks in the planning and each element of the investigation must be set into the overall context of the appeal. "We will be asking for help from the public in a number of countries, delivered through a series of public appeals. "We will do nothing to jeopardise the effectiveness of these appeals.

"The police will release the relevant material at the relevant time."

Kate and Gerry McCann are set to appear on the Crimewatch appeal [EPA]

Last week, the Yard revealed officers are attempting to discover all those who were in the vicinity of the family's Ocean Club apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve by analysing mobile phone records. The vast majority of mobile phone users will be cleared, leaving a relatively small number - - which could include the kidnappers.

Meanwhile, former GP Mrs McCann is confident of winning the right to appear before a Lisbon court to speak out against retired Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral. She and Gerry are suing Mr Amaral, 56, for libel over claims in his 2008 book The Truth Of The Lie.

They are also taking action against the book's publishers and the makers of a Portuguese television documentary. Clarence Mitchell, the couple's spokesman, said yesterday: "Kate is obviously the best person to describe the effect that Mr Amaral's book has had on the search for Madeleine and the awful effect this has had on her as Madeleine's mother and the wider McCann family. "She will give evidence if she is given the opportunity."

If Judge Maria Emilia Melo e Castro rules in favour of Mrs McCann, she could give evidence at the end of next month. A family source said: "The time will soon come when Kate can help shut up her accuser for good.

"She is hopeful that the judge will grant her application to give evidence in the libel trial and she will definitely be prepared to go back for that."

The McCanns, both 45, from Rothley, Leicestershire, are very pleased with the level of cooperation between the authorities in London and Lisbon.

The source added: "All they want to do is put an end to the wicked lies Mr Amaral is making in his book which he insists come from his theories when he was in charge of the investigation." Scotland

Yard detectives are not allowing the libel trial to distract them from their investigation. The source said: "Their only focus is on finding out what happened to Madeleine."

Face of Maddie suspect, 10 October 2013
 
Face of Maddie suspect Daily Star (paper edition, page 7)

 
Daily Star, 10 October 2013

COPS TO REVEAL FACE OF MADDIE SNATCHER

E-fit plea over new suspect


by JERRY LAWTON
Chief Crime Correspondent


BRITISH police are to issue an e-fit of a new suspect in the hunt for Madeleine McCann.

Scotland Yard detectives will appeal for the public's help in tracing the man seen near the Portuguese holiday apartment where the family was staying in 2007.

The image has been reportedly shown to Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry, both 45,who say they have been "greatly encouraged" by the progress of the new Met Police search for their daughter.

On a Crimewatch special due to be broadcast on Monday, Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, leading the inquiry, is expected to reveal details of the suspect’s movements around the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz around the time Madeleine, then three, disappeared.

He is understood to be one of 41 "persons of interest", including 15 Brits, the Met's 37-strong Operation Grange team want to trace after spending two years reviewing the original shelved investigation.

Mystery

Police will urge witnesses to come forward if they recall seeing him near the apartment or recognise him from the detailed image, according to Sky News.

Yesterday a Met Police spokesman refused to comment on what could be a major breakthrough in the inquiry.

She added the force "will release the relevant material at the relevant time".

Crimewatch will feature a reconstruction of events leading up to Madeleine's disappearance and a new public appeal by the McCanns, who will be in the studio with presenter Kirsty Young, 44.

Police have promised the program me will reveal a new theory that will throw a "substantially different" light on the mystery.

The McCanns declined to comment on the release of the e-fit yesterday.

A source close to them said: "The BBC will run 30-second clips of Kate and Gerry throughout the day and night to promote the Crimewatch re-examination of the Madeleine case.

"Everyone on the team is hoping and praying that it brings the McCanns the breakthrough they need."

The couple are suing the head of the original inquiry in Portugal, expolice chief Goncalo Amaral, for £1million after he claimed in a book that they had covered up Madeleine's death.

They deny his allegations which they claim hampered the search for their daughter.

Daily Star, paper edition: 'Cops to reveal face of Maddie snatcher', 10 October 2013

Daily Star, paper edition: 'Cops to reveal face of Maddie snatcher', 10 October 2013

 

[text of article as above]

Maddie. British TV channel speculates and speaks of a new suspect e-fit, 10 October 2013
Maddie. British TV channel speculates and speaks of a new suspect e-fit iOnline

Gerry and Kate McCann JOSE SENA GOULAO / LUSA

By Carlos Diogo Santos
Published 10 Oct 2013 - 05:00
With thanks to
Joana Morais for translation

Sky News reported yesterday that the British police had a new e-fit of a suspect, however Scotland Yard when contacted by i stated that it was "speculation"

British TV channel Sky News broke the news that the British police had a new e-fit of a suspect in the case of the disappearance of Maddie McCann, however the English Police assured to i that it was just "media speculation", adding that "no further information about the case would be given."

In the scope of this investigation, the British have requested some steps to be carried out in Portugal; i found out that the Judiciary Police is fulfilling the rogatory letter and that so far there isn't a deadline for the completion of those proceedings.

Yesterday British television reported that the English police had already prepared an e-fit of a person who was near the house from where the child disappeared, but no other details on the possible nationality or even about the age of the suspect were given. i contacted the British police, who gave a short reply: "There has been speculation in the media, but for now we will not give further information about the case."

With the end of the investigations in Portugal in 2008, Scotland Yard decided to open an independent investigation. In the past few days the English have insisted that a new team was constituted in Portugal - composed of six elements - to support [back/work for] the ongoing investigation in London, but i knows that these elements from the Judiciary Police are only fulfilling the rogatory letter. In addition to the rogatory letter sent to Portugal, Scotland Yard have requested proceedings to 30 other countries.

Two investigations

Madeleine McCann disappeared from a tourist resort in Praia da Luz, days before her 4th birthday, on the night of 3 of May, 2007. She disappeared from the bedroom where she was left by her parents - who were dining at a restaurant with their friends - her younger siblings, the twins were also in that bedroom.

The Portuguese judicial authorities constituted three arguidos in September 2007: the parents of Madeleine McCann and Robert Murat [on May 14, 2007], a British man who lives in the Algarve. However, on July 21, 2008, the Attorney General's Office determined the archival of the case, which spelled the end of the investigation. It was in this context - and after several political pressures were reported - that the London police decided to open an independent investigation. With access to the whole process, the British initiated an inquiry.

Five days ago, DCI Andy Redwood, responsible for a team of about 40 people working on this case, stated that the British police were trying to find out the owners of phones identified as being in the area at the time of the disappearance.

The phones data base, he said "had already been investigated, but not with this level of detail". Back in June, the British police announced that there were "38 persons of interest" that they would like to question, among which are several Portuguese.

Pressures on the court..., 10 October 2013
Pressures on the court... Gonçalo De Sousa Amaral - Facebook

 
Pressures on the court... Gonçalo De Sousa Amaral - Facebook

Gonçalo De Sousa Amaral
Thursday, 10 October 2013 at 11:08
With thanks to
Joana Morais for translation


Pressures on the court...
Over the last few days, we have watched yet another attempt at misinformation and intoxication of public opinion, which does not surprise anymore. The surprise, if it can be called that way, is the reaction of the Portuguese press which seems to be unable to see the main motivation of this campaign and turn that into the real news. The ongoing publicity campaign has the main purpose of putting pressure on the Portuguese court that has to decide. What is at stake is the independence of Portuguese courts to decide objectively, in a free manner and founded on the law. The Portuguese press in general has not yet understood, or didn't want to understand what is at stake, but the common citizen, who can think on his own and with good sense, is still alert and has already understood what is happening.

New Image of Suspect to Be Released in Madeleine McCann Case, 10 October 2013
New Image of Suspect to Be Released in Madeleine McCann Case Fox News [Insider]

BY FOX NEWS INSIDER OCT 10 2013 // 2:36PM

Investigators are hoping that new information will help solve the mystery of what happened to Madeleine McCann.

The then- three-year-old British girl disappeared six years ago while vacationing with her family in Portugal.

Scotland Yard is planning to release a computerized sketch of a possible person of interest in the case.

Former prosecutor Wendy Murphy joined America's News Headquarters to discuss the development.

"I'm not buying it. I think this is more PR than anything," Murphy said. "I think this is all related to a civil suit now underway in Portugal."

The McCanns sued the former police chief for defamation because he wrote a tell-all book.

Alisyn pointed out that the McCanns claim the Portuguese police never took the case seriously.

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Transcript

By Nigel Moore

Alisyn Camerota: Investigators are hoping that new information will help solve the mystery of what happened to Madeleine McCann. She, of course, is the three-year-old British girl who disappeared while on vacation more than six years ago. Now Scotland Yard is planning to release a new computerised sketch that shows a possible suspect. Wendy Murphy is a former prosecutor and a child advocate. She joins us now. Hi, Wendy.

Wendy Murphy: Good to be with you.

Alisyn Camerota: Finally, finally, six years later, investigators are releasing a computerised sketch of... who they call basically a 'person of interest', a suspect that people saw around the vacation condo that night. What took them so long?

Wendy Murphy: I hope you don't mind if I duck that question because I'm not buying it. I mean, I think this is more PR than anything. There's, in my opinion, no new suspect and there will never be a new suspect unless, or until, the parents answer questions. Remember, Kate McCann, poor Madeleine's mum, refused to answer 48 questions...

Alisyn Camerota: [interrupting] When was that?

Wendy Murphy: ...and hired a team of lawyers right away. Ahh, but this is important, she refused right away to answer... she hired lawyers right away, refused to answer 48 questions, things like: 'What did you see when you walked into the room, where your child was supposed to be sleeping?' I mean, I am so not interested in being dragged down a rabbit hole about fake suspects.

Alisyn Camerota: [trying to interrupt] Now...

Wendy Murphy: ...I think this is all related to a civil suit now underway in Portugal. The McCanns sued the former police chief for defamation...

Alisyn Camerota: [interrupting] Because he wrote this book...

Wendy Murphy: ...and now Kate wants...

Alisyn Camerota: [interrupting] ...this alleged tell-all book.

Wendy Murphy: Yes.

Alisyn Camerota: Now, Wendy, let me tell you the other side of this, because there is a lot of evidence on the side of the parents being completely innocent as well. They say that the Portuguese police never took the case seriously, they never did the kind of investigation that we certainly would have done here in the United States, which is talking to other people at the vacation... where they were vacationing in Portugal. Furthermore, Kate and Gerry, the parents, have appealed to their countries prime minister, David Cameron, for help on this investigation. Is that something you do if you're trying to stay under the radar and you feel guilty?

Wendy Murphy: Do you hire the nation's biggest defence attorneys, PR firms and refuse to answer questions? The Portuguese police did a very good job and the PR mis-information, especially in this country, is doing a disservice to this poor little girl, who is dead, I believe, and has no voice. The libel suit currently underway in Portugal is important because the McCanns sued that ex-police chief claiming he lied about them in his book. Now Kate McCann wants to testify in writing because she doesn't want to submit to cross-examination. I think this is all related to that and this 'Oh, we have a new suspect' thing is part of them again trying to distract attention from the fact that as parents of a missing, probably dead, child - what are you doing not answering questions? Please!

Alisyn Camerota: Mmm... It's such a tough one. Errr... it's... as you know, this has gripped, errr... our country and Europe to try to find this little girl and when things like Elizabeth Smart put out a book and she's found... she comes home, you... you still have hope that maybe Madeleine McCann is alive and can come home, against all odds. Great to see you Wendy, thanks so much for your theory. Great to talk.

 

A piece written by Wendy Murphy, from March 2009, which mentions Madeleine McCann:

WENDY MURPHY: Dead little girls + drugs = suspicion of child porn, 28 March 2009
WENDY MURPHY: Dead little girls + drugs = suspicion of child porn Patriot Ledger

Wendy Murphy
Posted Mar 28, 2009 @ 05:00 AM

QUINCY — When children die – and parents are potential suspects – we often talk about abuse and neglect.

But when sedatives are found in a child's body or at a crime scene, we need to talk about something else, too.

Child pornography.

The FBI has long taught about the use of sedative drugs in the making of child porn. Benzodiazepines such as Valium and Klonopin – and cheap alternatives such as chloroform – are commonly used to keep kids calm. Many of these drugs also cause short-term amnesia such that the victim has little or no memory of the event when the drugs wear off.

It's scary to think that ANYONE would do such a thing to a child, but get this: According to the U.S. Attorney General, child porn is a multi-billion dollar industry and the people most likely to be making it are the victims'  parents.

This sick "industry" not only destroys innocent souls – it is a life-threatening "business" because the build-up of sedatives in kids' bodies can cause deadly seizures.

If we're going to protect children from this scourge, we have to talk more openly about it, especially during high profile cases when millions of people are watching.

Take the following stories, for example, though it should be emphasized that we have not heard from law enforcement whether there is any correlation between the deaths of these little girls and child porn.

JonBenet Ramsey was a beautiful dyed-blonde 6-year-old when she was found dead in the basement of her home. The day her body was found, her parents hired criminal attorneys and refused to submit to separate police interviews. Three search warrants were issued for child porn, and while police said none was found in the home, we really don't know the details of what if anything was found elsewhere – or why they were looking for child porn – because the files in the case are being withheld from public view. We DO know that undigested pineapple was found in the child's stomach and we know that a bowl of pineapple found on the kitchen table was taken as evidence, presumably tested for the presence of drugs. But we don't know the results because, again, the file is being hidden. We also know that the child had "chronic" vaginal injuries including an "eroded" hymen, which many experts say is evidence of prior ongoing sexual abuse. When the parents eventually agreed to be interviewed by police, they were asked at length about sedatives in the home, such as Xanax and Klonopin.

Caylee Anthony was a sweet little 2-year-old when she "went missing" from her home in Florida. Her body was later found and her mother stands charged with her murder, in part because she failed to report Caylee missing for more than a month, and then lied about the circumstances of her disappearance. Human decomposition was found in the trunk of her mother's car – along with Caylee's hair and traces of chloroform. Law enforcement officials said that photographs of Caylee had recently been deleted from her mother's computer.

Maddie McCann was an adorable 4-year-old who "went missing" from her hotel room in Portugal while on vacation with her British parents. The child's hair and human decomposition were reportedly found in the trunk of her parents' rental car. Early news reports indicated Maddie had been sedated by her parents to keep her asleep in the hotel room while they socialized nearby. The parents hired criminal attorneys and, after Maddie's mom was named a suspect, she refused to answer police questions.

I don't know if these cases are related to child porn. But I'm certain of three things. 1. Sedating victims is common. 2. The most valuable child porn depicts young, cute kids. 3. All three cases involve sedatives and young, cute kids.

According to the federal government, demand for child porn has skyrocketed because of the Internet, and will continue to rise unless we do a better job recognizing and talking about the problem when we see it.

It won't be easy – in part because this stuff happens in secret, but also because we resist thinking about things that don't feel good – and let's face it – it doesn't feel very good to believe parents sell their children for sex and porn.

But what's more important? Children – or the comfort of our denial?

Wendy Murphy is a leading victims rights advocate and nationally recognized television legal analyst. She is an adjunct professor at New England Law in Boston and radio talk show host.

"Maddie" case is the subject of ""Aktenzeichen XY... ungelöst" ["File Reference XY... unsolved"], 10 October 2013
"Maddie" case is the subject of ""Aktenzeichen XY... ungelöst" ["File Reference XY... unsolved"] Hamburger Abendblatt

10.10.13, 17:10 ZDF-Programme

Six years ago, the then three-year-old Madeleine "Maddie" McCann disappeared. In the ZDF programme "File Reference XY... unsolved" the mysterious case will be taken up. A trail could lead to Germany.

2007 when little Madeleine McCann disappeared (archive picture)
2007 when little Madeleine McCann disappeared (archive picture)


 

Hamburg. More than six years after the disappearance of little Madeleine "Maddie" McCann hope once again grows that the missing person case can be solved. The parents of the then three-year-old Maddie, Gerry and Kate McCann, indicated in a statement that they were "greatly encouraged" that the whereabouts of their daughter could be located. The new investigation by Scotland Yard has seen "pieces of the jigsaw now fitting together," according to the opinion of the pair of British doctors.

On 14 October the British BBC television show "Crimewatch" - comparable to the German show "File Reference XY... unsolved" - will show a reconstruction of the case. The parents and police are hoping for more information. The presentation will also be seen on German and Dutch television. "We now believe we have the most complete picture to date of the events surrounding her disappearance," said Andy Redwood of Scotland Yard. "We are making targeted and new appeals for help from the public," he said. It may well be the case that there is someone who has key information, and they are completely unaware of that fact.

"Maddie" case on "File Reference XY... unsolved"

On the German show "File Reference XY... unsolved" there will be a programme on the mysterious disappearance of little Madeleine. In the 30 minutes longer XXL edition the case will be investigated. The precise analysis of the documents has provided new evidence for the first time and could also reveal a trace to Germany. In the programme, two e-fit images of men are shown, who apparently spoke German and have not yet been the focus of the investigation. Scotland Yard had approached "File Reference XY... unsolved" with a request for cooperation with the broadcast.

The girl's parents will be guests in the studio in Munich and talk about the tragic event. "For six years we have not given up looking worldwide for our daughter. Now there is new information, new hope," Madeleine's parents said in a preliminary meeting with Rudi Cerne. The show is on Wednesday 16 October, at 20.15, broadcast on ZDF.

The McCanns meet with Rudi Cerne in Birmingham, ?? October 2013

Rudi Cerne, host of German Crimewatch show (left) and McCanns (right) meet in Birmingham (UK) | ZDF/Ollie Upton

Rudi Cerne, host of German Crimewatch show (left) and McCanns (right) meet in Birmingham (UK) | ZDF/Ollie Upton

Crimewatch Trailer, 11 October 2013
 
Crimewatch Trailer YouTube

Transcript

By Nigel Moore

Kirsty Young: It's the case that's captivated the world but what really happened to Madeleine McCann?

We exclusively reconstruct Scotland Yard's latest findings and hear from Madeleine's parents.

Kate McCann: We're not the ones who's done something wrong here, it's the person who's gone into that apartment and taken a little girl.

Kirsty Young: And police reveal the leads they believe could be key to cracking the case.

Andy Redwood: I would say it was... it was a revelation moment.

Kirsty Young: Crimewatch, Monday at 9 on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Crimewatch Trailer - screenshots, 11 October 2013

The Reconstruction

The McCanns (played by actors) leave the apartment by the 'unlocked' sliding patio doors
The McCanns (played by actors) leave the apartment by the 'unlocked' sliding patio doors

Madeleine's bare feet as she is carried away from the apartment
Madeleine's bare feet as she is carried away from the apartment

Madeleine's empty bed which showed no obvious signs of having been slept in
Madeleine's empty bed which showed no obvious signs of having been slept in

The Interviews

The McCanns arrive for their interview with Kirsty Young
The McCanns arrive for their interview with Kirsty Young

Kate McCann: "We're not the ones who's done something wrong here..."
Kate McCann: "We're not the ones who's done something wrong here..."

DCI Andy Redwood: "...it was a revelation moment."
DCI Andy Redwood: "...it was a revelation moment."

Investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, 11 October 2013
 
Crimewatch Trailer YouTube - metpoliceservice

Transcript

By Nigel Moore

DCI Andy Redwood: We have been working with Crimewatch for a number of months now and we'd very much like the public to watch BBC One, at 9pm on Monday the 14th of October, where we will make a specific appeal about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

I pray e-fit helps find Madeleine, 12 October 2013
I pray e-fit helps find Madeleine The Sun (paper edition)

Lorraine Kelly
Saturday 12 October 2013

In the years since she disappeared off the face of the earth, Madeleine McCann's parents have never given up hope.

They have both been vilified and even found themselves accused of murdering their beloved child.

Conspiracy theorists have taken to Twitter and other social networking sites to compare outlandish theories and inflict disgraceful attacks on Kate and Gerry.

Somehow, they have managed to endure all the foul trolls and hateful comments.

I simply have no idea how they stay so strong and remain so positive that one day they will find their daughter and their fractured family will be repaired.

This week their hopes were raised again with the news that Scotland Yard detectives plan to release an e-fit image of a possible suspect in Madeleine's abduction.

Kate and Gerry will also be appearing on BBC's Crimewatch on Monday night to make a fresh appeal for information.

I have met them both many times over the years and have always been struck by their dignity and gratitude to everyone who has tried to help in the hunt for their daughter.

I cannot even begin to imagine what they have both been going through during the past six years.

It must be the last thing they think about when they go to sleep and the first when they wake up in the morning. To go through life with that knot in your stomach, pain in your heart and never really having peace of mind is just too painful to bear.

But bear it they must.

They have to take care of their twins, Sean and Amelie.

Right now, the McCann's are in the middle of a libel case against the Portuguese detective who devoted more energy to writing a book about the case than actually trying to find Madeleine.

Pain

He has made heinous accusations against Kate and Gerry.

The claims have caused them enormous pain and distress - and spawned much of the ludicrous backlash against them both.

If only the British coppers had been allowed to take charge of this investigation six years ago when the clues were still fresh.

There would have been a real chance of finding out what happened to Madeleine.

We can only hope that this latest development will bring about the reunion we are all praying for.

And that one day, Madeleine will be found and returned to the arms of her parents.

The shots cops pray will nail Maddy's abductor: Crimewatch to air reconstruction of tennis match with parents, 12 October 2013
 
The shots cops pray will nail Maddy's abductor: Crimewatch to air reconstruction of tennis match with parents Daily Mirror

By Lewis Panther | 12 Oct 2013 20:55

The match, where Madeleine acted as ball girl, is one of the poignant scenes ­recreated by actors for ­Monday night's programme

Missing: Maddie McCann

 

The innocent little girl dressed all in pink darts in front of the tennis net, collecting the balls for her loving parents.

It is a tender moment from a perfect family holiday but, hours later, the three-year-old is snatched from her bed.

The tennis game between Kate and Gerry McCann, with Madeleine acting as ball girl, is one of poignant scenes ­recreated by actors for ­Monday night's Crimewatch programme, reports the Sunday People.

Police hoping the 25-minute reconstruction will catch the kidnapper are also to release e-fits of men seen in the Praia da Luz area of Portugal, where the McCanns were on holiday on May 3, 2007.

Gerry believes a predator had been watching his family.

Heartbroken Gerry and Kate, both 45, will be make a live appeal during the programme.

They reveal how family get-­togethers and special days, such as Madeleine's birthday on May 12, leave them distraught.

Gerry said: "When it's a special occasion, when you should be your happiest and Madeleine's not there, that's when it hits home.

Kate said: "It's when you have the big family occasions really – that's basically it, it's a family occasion, and you haven't got your complete family."

Actor plays Maddie in tennis match

Scotland Yard detectives and the McCanns helped a BBC production team put together the footage as part of the £5million review of the crime, which will also be shown in Germany and Holland.

A Yard spokesman said the Crimewatch special will feature a number of e-fits of men police are keen to speak to. They were seen in the area on the day of Madeleine's disappearance.

Detectives have interviewed 442 people as part of the investigation and have identified 41 people as "of ­interest", including 15 Brits.

Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood said: "We sought from the beginning to draw everything back to zero then re-analyse and reassess everything, accepting nothing.

"Primarily we are focused on 8.30- 10pm. At 8.30pm Mr and Mrs McCann went down to the tapas area for their dinner.

"And we know that around 10pm Mrs McCann found Madeleine was missing."

He added: "The timeline we have now established has given new ­significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine's disappearance.

"It has allowed us to work with Crimewatch to build the most detailed reconstruction yet, and highlight very specific appeal points.

"I hope when the public see our investigative strands drawn together within the overall context of that appeal, it will bring in new information."

The fresh investigation came after the McCanns wrote to PM David Cameron asking for a review of information after the Portuguese police ended their case.

They are currently suing Portuguese ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral, 56, for libel over his claims they faked their daughter's abduction to cover up her death.

Maddie detectives hunting two 'German-speaking men': E-fit of suspects revealed this week as McCanns pray Crimewatch reconstruction results in a breakthrough, 12 October 2013
 
Maddie detectives hunting two 'German-speaking men': E-fit of suspects revealed this week as McCanns pray Crimewatch reconstruction results in a breakthrough Daily Mail
  • Scotland Yard were aware of the two men when Maddie went missing in 2007
  • They were dismissed but the investigation team now want to find them
  • E-fits of the suspects will be broadcast on Crimewatch on Monday at 9pm
  • Similar appeals will be made on Dutch and German television next week
  • Kate and Gerry McCann will fly to Munich to make live appeal on Wednesday
By ABUL TAHER and NICK CRAVEN
PUBLISHED: 22:11, 12 October 2013 | UPDATED: 23:09, 12 October 2013


British detectives hunting for missing Madeleine McCann are looking for two German-speaking men whose computer-generated images will be broadcast on special TV appeals this week.

Scotland Yard says the un-identified men were seen in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz at the time when Madeleine, then aged three, went missing on May 3, 2007.

Witnesses told Portuguese police who originally investigated the case that they saw two German-speaking men at the resort that day, but little or no importance was placed on them at the time.

Now British detectives are keen to trace the two individuals to establish if they are connected to Madeleine's disappearance or to eliminate them from the investigation, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

 
Moving: The McCanns during their Crimewatch interview to be broadcast tomorrow. They say they are hopeful

 

The E-Fit (Electronic Facial Identification Technique) images of individuals based on eyewitness reports will be broadcast on Crimewatch on BBC1 at 9pm.

Similar appeals will be made on Dutch programme Opsporing Verzocht (Investigation Required) on Tuesday night, and on the German version of Crimewatch, Aktenzeichen XY . . .  Ungelost (Case Files XY . . . Unsolved) on Wednesday night, as Madeleine’s parents make an international appeal for information.

Kate and Gerry McCann, both 45, will fly to Munich on Wednesday to make a live appeal from the  studios of Aktenzeichen, which is watched by five million viewers.

A spokesman for the German programme said: 'The reviewing and analysis of all available information has led to new insights and leads that, for the first time, point to Germany.

Aktenzeichen shows the photofits of two men, who apparently spoke German, and to whom little or no importance was previously attached.'

The McCanns previously visited Germany in 2007 to make an appeal because a high number of German tourists were in the Algarve region when Madeleine went missing.

 
Missing: Maddie with her younger siblings, twins Sean and Amelie, who are now eight

 

The latest mugshots will also be shown on Dutch TV as the two 'German speakers' may have been talking Dutch, as the two languages are often confused, said a police source in the Netherlands.

Tomorrow's Crimewatch programme will feature a dramatic reconstruction of the moment Madeleine went missing, giving the most detailed sequence of events ever made public that led to her disappearance from the holiday apartment where she was sleeping.

The reconstruction – which includes Mr McCann's 6pm tennis lesson when Madeleine acted as ballgirl – will be accompanied by a moving interview by presenter Kirsty Young with Kate and Gerry McCann.

They talk about how much they miss Madeleine, who would be ten today. They will make a live appeal for members of the public to come forward with information.

In a statement, the McCanns said: 'We are greatly encouraged by new information coming to light, with the pieces of the jigsaw now fitting together.

 
Kate and Gerry McCann will fly to Munich on Wednesday to make a live appeal on TV to five million viewers

 

'We are really hopeful that the appeal on Crimewatch will bring further evidence which will take us a step closer to finding Madeleine.'

The Met refused to comment on whether the two men they were looking for were German-speakers, but a family friend said that detectives were on the 'brink of a breakthrough'.

The Met officer leading the investigation, Detective Inspector Andy Redwood, will make a live appeal for information on the programme.

 
This image was released of what Maddie might look like now. The McCanns said they feel a step closer

Since Scotland Yard began reviewing the case in 2011, detectives have interviewed 442 people in 30 different countries and have drawn up a list of 41 potential suspects.

Officers are pursuing 4,920 lines of inquiry, of which 2,123 had been 'completed'.

Detectives now believe that their 'timeline' holds the key to discovering what happened to Madeleine. Det Insp Redwood said: 'Our work has significantly changed the accepted version of events and it has allowed us to highlight very specific appeal points.

'I hope that when the public see our investigative strands drawn together, it will bring in new information that moves our investigation forward.'

Maddie: First arrest, 13 October 2013
Maddie: First arrest Sunday Mirror (paper edition)

 
Sunday Mirror, 13 October 2013

 

Swoop on Brit gives new hope

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Madeleine McCann: British man is arrested in the hunt for missing girl
Daily Mirror

By Simon Wright | 13 Oct 2013 00:00

Suspect held in a swoop by Greater Manchester Police after the Sunday Mirror revealed that a man bragged about seeing Madeleine alive just weeks ago

Missing: Madeleine McCann

 

THE dramatic arrest of a Brit in the hunt for Madeleine McCann has been described as "potentially highly significant".

It has boosted the hopes of the missing youngster's anguished parents Kate and Gerry.

A source close to the couple said: "The arrest only happened as a result of a claim that Madeleine may still be alive."

The suspect was held in a swoop by Greater Manchester Police after the Sunday Mirror last week revealed that a man bragged about seeing Madeleine alive just weeks ago.

A respected barrister told us the man boasted to him that he had met the child on a Mediterranean island. It was claimed Maddie was "introduced" to the man this summer.

It is understood that the Manchester officers who made the arrest also seized computers from a private address and sent them for forensic examination.

Scotland Yard's Operation Grange team have been handed the barrister's detailed statement, which is rated as "high up on the credibility scale".

The Yard officers had reopened the probe into the disappearance of Madeleine, then aged three, from the McCanns' holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

The dramatic twist in the inquiry comes as Kate and Gerry, both 45, prepare to appear in a Crimewatch appeal on BBC1 tomorrow night.

It is understood they are being kept fully briefed on developments.

We told last week how the barrister went to police after being told of the Maddie sighting.

Tourist resorts popular with Brits are now thought to feature in the active inquiry. A family source confirmed last night: "This is high up on the credibility scale.

"The barrister did the right thing by going to police. His information has gone into the Operation Grange system and I know they are working on it.

New hope: Madeleine McCann

 

"The fact that he was prepared to risk his reputation by making the statement does suggest that it is credible. There are tip-offs and sightings all the time and many of them can be ruled out immediately as either complete fantasy or because there is no credibility to the source.

"This one is more credible because of the nature of the man who brought it to the authorities' attention."

The Sunday Mirror can reveal that the arrested man was at a party attended by the barrister at a private home in an upmarket suburb of Manchester on August 17.

During the evening, the lawyer had a conversation with the man, who told him he had met Madeleine on the island in the Med this summer.

The barrister, shocked and distressed by what the man said about the alleged encounter, contacted his local police force the next day then gave a formal statement.

The barrister, who agreed to speak to us but who we are not naming at his request, refused to comment further on the arrest.

He explained: "I cannot risk compromising the investigation or the search for Madeleine. If she is alive but now ­disappears again, I would never be able to forgive myself."

But a separate source close to the arrest said: "A guy at the party told the barrister he had been introduced to Madeleine on the island in the summer.

"The barrister took that to mean that she was with another adult at the time but doesn't know who it was or anything about them."

It is unclear whether the barrister was able to give officers the name of the man he spoke to at the party.

Police have not released any details about the man they have arrested.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: "A man was arrested in September on suspicion of possession of drugs and conspiracy to distribute indecent images of children. He has been bailed pending further inquiries. An investigation is ongoing into this matter and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."

New appeal: Gerry and Kate McCann

Last week we revealed how the barrister broke down in tears as he explained what he had been told.

Speaking to us as he walked his dog in a park near his large home in the North West of England, he said: "I can't tell you exactly why I believe what I was being told. It was just a gut feeling.

"I knew that by reporting it, it would compromise me in all sorts of ways.

"But it was something I couldn’t ignore. If I hadn’t said anything I couldn't have lived with myself."

Asked what it was about the ­description the man at the party gave him of the girl he said was Madeleine, the barrister said: "I have told the police everything that I was told about her. They know what that was and that is why they have acted."

Meanwhile Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, are set to speak of their hope that their daughter will be found finally thanks to new evidence uncovered by a UK police probe.

Former GP Kate and consultant ­cardiologist Gerry will appear live on BBC1's Crimewatch at 9pm tomorrow.

Detectives will appeal for help in solving the six-year mystery of what happened in Praia da Luz where Madeleine was on holiday with her parents and younger twin siblings.

The programme will feature a new reconstruction of events, with Madeleine played by a three-year-old girl.

The programme will also be screened in Holland and Germany.

Before this week's arrest, officers had spoken to 442 people since Operation Grange began. The team had identified 41 "persons of interest", including carers, residents and workers at the resort.

Det Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, the senior investigating officer, said: "I truly believe there are people out there
who hold the key to Madeleine's disappearance."

A Scotland Yard spokesman refused to comment on the arrest and said: "We are not providing a running ­ commentary on the case."

Madeleine McCann: Detectives working on a new timeline of disappearance and focus on 'a crucial 45 minutes', 13 October 2013
 
Madeleine McCann: Detectives working on a new timeline of disappearance and focus on 'a crucial 45 minutes' Daily Mirror

By Justin Penrose, Matthew Drake | 13 Oct 2013 00:00

Officers believe the period immediately before Maddie was checked by her father Gerry, not after, could now hold the key

Crime scene: An aerial view of the Ocean Club in Luz where Madeleine went missing

 

BRITISH detectives investigating Maddie's disappearance are focusing on a crucial 45 minutes from the night she went missing.

In a dramatic new development officers have identified a period before the youngster was seen for the last time as crucial to making a breakthrough, and described it as "a revelation moment."

They believe her kidnappers may have been lurking in or near the McCanns' holiday apartment as Gerry went to check on his children at around 9.15pm.

Detectives have always focused on the period after Maddie was checked by her father – but now believe the 45 minutes before that could hold the key to catching those who abducted her.

Scotland Yard is set to release a number of e-fits of potential suspects seen in or around the holiday complex in the days and hours before Maddie was snatched.

Senior investigating officer DCI Andy Redwood said: "The timeline we have established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.

"Our work to date has significantly changed the timeline and the accepted version of events that has been in the public domain to date.

Madeleine McCann

"The careful and critical analysis of the timeline has been absolutely key."

A source close to the McCanns said: "We believe it is significant that police are looking at the period prior to 9.15pm. Previously all of the focus has been after that time. People may have seen something and not realised it was significant."

On the night Maddie disappeared on May 3, 2007, Kate and Gerry left their apartment at 8.30pm to join friends at a Tapas restaurant.

Gerry returned at 9.15pm and all three children were asleep. The window and blinds were closed, but the door to the room seemed more open than when he had left.

At around 9.20pm a friend from the McCanns' group was going to her apartment when she saw a man carrying a child.

Ten minutes later another friend checked on the children but only saw Maddie's twin brother and sister as he did not enter their room.

When Kate went to the apartment at 10pm she found Maddie had disappeared and the window and shutters were open.

Significant: The Tapas bar in Praia da Luz Portugal

An Irish family also spotted a man carrying a child at around 10.10pm.

In an interview recorded for tomorrow night's Crimewatch the McCanns said having their daughter missing for so long always haunted them worst at family occasions.

Gerry said: "When when you should be your happiest and Madeleine's not there that's when it really hits home. Madeleine's birthday, it goes without saying."

Kate added: "It's when you have the big family occasions really when you haven't got your complete family."

Police have staged a 25-minute reconstruction of the disappearance for the BBC1 show and yesterday officers released footage of an actress portraying Maddie playing on a tennis court. The McCanns will also make a live appeal during the programme.

• Crimewatch, BBC1, tomorrow at 9pm.

Dramatic TV reconstruction of Madeleine's last hours, 13 October 2013
 
Dramatic TV reconstruction of Madeleine's last hours The Sunday Telegraph

 
The Sunday Telegraph, 13 October 2013

Reconstruction of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann to be shown on Crimewatch The Sunday Telegraph

The BBC's Crimewatch will broadcast a 25-minute reconstruction of the events surrounding Madeleine McCann's disappearance

By Robert Mendick, Chief reporter
12:01AM BST 13 Oct 2013


A three-year-old young girls poses as Madeleine McCann in a reconstruction of the last hours before her disappearance six years ago from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve.

The clip will be broadcast on the BBC's Crimewatch tomorrow, while the Metropolitan Police will issue e-fits of men detectives want to speak to as part of renewed efforts to find Madeleine, who was three when she went missing in May 2007.

This image depicts the little girl collecting tennis balls for her parents Kate and Gerry McCann

 

This image depicts the little girl collecting tennis balls for her parents Kate and Gerry McCann as they played on a tennis court, and recreates one of the last photographs taken of her before she vanished.

Mrs McCann wrote in 2011: "She looked lovely. I was following her with my eyes, admiring her. I wonder now if someone else was doing the same."

Police said yesterday they are issuing the e-fits "to try to identify these men, to eliminate any innocent sightings or to establish if they are connected in any way".

The fact police will publish several will raise suggestions the men might have been acting together as part of a paedophile gang.

Crimewatch
will broadcast a pre-recorded interview with the McCanns and the couple will also issue an appeal live on television on Monday.

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Transcript

Screenshot from Crimewatch promo video

By Nigel Moore

On-screen text: Crimewatch's has filmed a reconstruction the events surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Kirsty Young: Do you always feel conscious that there's... there's a... there's a Madeleine shaped hole there?

Gerry McCann: When it's a special occasion, when you should be your happiest, errm... and Madeleine's not there, that's when it really hits home. Obviously, Madeleine's birthday, it goes without saying, but it's when you're really getting that... the more poignant...

Kate McCann: [talking over Gerry] Yeah, it's when you have the big family occasions really.

Gerry McCann: ...it's the more...

Kate McCann: That... I mean, that's basically it, isn't it? The family occasion, when you haven't got your complete family.

DCI Andy Redwood: Primarily, what we sought to do from the beginning is try and draw everything back to... to zero, if you like, try and sort of take everything back to the beginning and then re-analyse and re-assess everything, accepting nothing.

The careful and critical analysis of the timeline has been absolutely key.

Primarily, we're focussed on the area between 8.30 and 10. We know that at 8.30, that was the time that Mr and Mrs McCann went down to the tapas area for their dinner, and we know that at around 10pm, that was when Mrs McCann found that Madeleine was missing.

Madeleine sensation: Accepted version of events is wrong, 13 October 2013
 
Madeleine sensation: Accepted version of events is wrong Sunday Express (paper edition)

 
Sunday Express, 13 October 2013

 

Investigation significantly changes timeline, says Yard

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EXCLUSIVE: Events and timings on night Madeleine McCann vanished under 'intense scrutiny' Sunday Express

THE known events surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are wrong, Scotland Yard sensationally announced last night.

By: James Murray
Published: Sun, October 13, 2013

The events surrounding Madeleine's disappearance are wrong according to Scotland Yard [EPA]

 

In another bombshell development they also said the "timeline" of key events relating to the abduction is also incorrect.

For years it was thought Madeleine was taken at about 9.15 pm from her apartment 5 a of the Ocean Club complex at Praia da Luz on the Algarve in Portugal on May 3 2007.

However, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said last night: "Our work to date has significantly changed the timeline and the accepted version of events that has been in the public domain to date."

Scotland Yard declined to give details of their new timeline, but his remarks provoked the question-just when was Madeleine abducted?

DCI Redwood said: "Primarily what we sought to do from the beginning is to try and draw everything back to zero if you like, try and take everything back to the beginning and then re analyse and re assess everything."

A clip from the Crimewatch production [BBC]

 

A careful and critical analysis of the timeline has been "absolutely key" to the process, which has meant detectives concentrating on what exactly happened between 8. 30 pm and 10 pm on the night Madeleine was taken.

At 8.30pm Kate and Gerry went to the nearby Tapas bar for their dinner with seven holiday friends, leaving Madeleine, then three, and twins Sean and Amelie, then 18 months, alone in the apartment.

The McCann's friend Jane Tanner has said that at about 9.15pm she saw a man carrying a small child walk away from apartment 5 a.

She saw the mystery man as she walked past Gerry McCann and holidaymaker Jez Wilkins, who were standing by a sidegate to apartment 5a. They did not see her.

DCI Redwood said at 10 pm Kate went to the apartment to find Madeleine was not there.

The revelations came as Crimewatch released moving film of their special reconstruction to be screened on BBC One tomorrow night, showing a child actress as Madeleine playing tennis with her parents Kate and Gerry, played by actors.

The little girl looks uncannily like Madeline, who was pictured holding tennis balls aged three shortly before she was taken from the Ocean Club.

Moving images of the heart rending re-enactment can be seen on our website along with an emotional interview with Kate and Gerry and the officer leading the Scotland Yard team, DCI Redwood.

The new information comes at a crucially important week in the investigation, which has become a mammoth operation now spreading deep into the heart of Europe with television appeals going out in Holland on Tuesday and in Germany on Wednesday.

Madeleine's parents speaking during the Crimewatch piece [BBC]

The Police are hopeful the programme will aid the investigation [BBC]

The Crimewatch reconstruction was filmed in Spain, lasts almost 25 minutes and will feature e fits of potential suspects.

DCI Redwood said: "Through meticulously drawing together specific information the team have been able to refocus the timeline and now place more significance on events that night.

"The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.

"It has allowed us to work with Crimewatch to build the most detailed reconstruction as yet, and highlight very specific appeal points.

"I hope that when the public see our investigative strands drawn together within the overall context of that appeal, it will bring in new information that moves our investigation forward."

A Yard spokesperson would not be drawn on details but added: "Through meticulously drawing together specific information the team have been able to refocus the timeline and now place more significance on events that night."

The spokesperson added: "Also featuring in the appeal will be a number of e-fits of men that police are keen to speak to. They were all sightings in and around Praia da Luz in the days before and on Thursday, 3 May 2007 - the day of Madeleine's disappearance.

"The purpose of the appeal is to try and identify these men, to eliminate any innocent sightings or to establish if they are connected in any way.

"The McCann's will make a live appeal in the studio, supported by the senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood."

The Operation Grange incident room at Belgravia police station will be staffed during the appeal and the days that follow.

A dedicated call centre will also be opened at Hendon police training centre.

In what must be difficult scenes for the McCanns to watch, a blonde haired child actress plays he role of their daughter to recreate a once happy family moment before the abduction, when the McCanns played tennis with their daughter on courts by the pool of the Ocean Club complex.

In a real picture, smiling Madeleine, wearing pink shorts, top and a floppy hat, is seen smiling as she holds tennis balls.

The unnamed child actress, wearing similar clothes, recreates the scene, happily running around the court as actors playing her parents hit balls.

In a pre recorded interview for Crimewatch, strained looking Kate and Gerry are asked about the impact of Madeleine's disappearance and the hole that it has left in their lives.

Gerry said: "When you should be at your happiest, when Madeleine's not there...that's when it really hits home..obviously Madeleine's birthday goes without saying."

Kate adds: "It's when you have big family occasions and you haven't got your complete family."

EXCLUSIVE: German Crimewatch to widen hunt for 'suspects', 13 October 2013
 
EXCLUSIVE: German Crimewatch to widen hunt for 'suspects' Sunday Express

TWO German sounding men are being sought by detectives trying to solve the Madeleine McCann mystery, we reveal today.

By: James Murray
Published: Sun, October 13, 2013

Raymond Hewlett, 64, is alleged to have been staying near the McCanns' holiday flat [PA]

 

The focus of the hunt for the missing girl, now aged ten, will dramatically switch to Germany later this week when Kate and Gerry are expected travel there to make an urgent television appeal to run with new e fit pictures of potential suspects.

On Wednesday the German television channel ZDF will feature the BBC Crimewatch reconstruction in their programme, called Aktenzeichen XY, which means File Number XY.

Presenter Rudi Cerne will interview Kate and Gerry in the studio, allowing them  to directly appeal to millions of Germans for help in identifying the men.

A blurb for that programme says detectives are now going on the "offensive," suggesting the Yard investigation is rapidly gathering pace.

Earlier-issued e-fit image of suspect [REUTERS]

It says the trawl through existing documents has produced new information which leads to Germany for the first time.

The blurb adds: "This is the reason why XY will show sketches of two men who appear to speak German and who have so far been paid little or no importance."

Programme makers say this is the reason why Scotland Yard approached the programme's producer and asked for a similar appeal on Dutch television on Tuesday night.

In Europe the Dutch and German accents sounds similar so the Yard felt it was vital to appeal to people in the Netherlands, where viewers will see the BBC Crimewatch reconstruction.

Police are searching for new information over Madeleine McCann's disappearance [EPA]

ZDF says Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood will travel to Holland to appear on that separate programme.

Scotland Yard has already made inquiries into potential suspects in Germany.

British child abuser Raymond Hewlett was staying on the Algarve when Madeleine went missing in 2007 and also stayed in Germany.

He says he was at a flea market 30 miles away when Madeleine was taken, but declined to speak to the McCann's private investigators.

He told people gypsies had been looking to buy children, but could never be pinned down on details.

Hewlett died from cancer in Germany in 2010 aged 64 without making any admissions.

The Yard also liaised with their German counterparts on the movements of serial child killer Martin N, who is serving a life sentence in jail in Germany for abducting and murdering three boys.

The charming youth worker targeted children at beach holiday resorts and broke into their homes to snatch them.

In 2011 the Sunday Express published a picture of him alongside an e fit of a man seen acting suspiciously around apartment 5 a in Praia da Luz, just hours before Madeleine was taken.

Ney looked uncannily like the e-fit, but has told German police he was not in Portugal and had nothing to do with Madeleine's disappearance.

What you know is NOT the truth, 13 October 2013
 
What you know is NOT the truth Daily Star Sunday (paper edition)

 
Daily Star Sunday, 13 October 2013

 

Cops reveal Maddie breakthrough

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Cop reveals Madeleine McCann breakthrough
Daily Star Sunday

BRITISH detectives probing the disappearance of Maddie McCann have revealed that key details of the original investigation were wrong.

By Jonathan Corke & Tracey Kandohla / Published 13th October 2013

HOPE: McCann's are desperate to bring their Maddie home [GETTY]

 

Officers hunting for the child, who went missing aged three, now say the original timeline of the night she disappeared was not correct.

And tomorrow they will release several e-fit images of new suspects.

Metropolitan Police officers said there had been "new significance to sightings and movements of people" on the night she vanished.

Detectives have pinpointed a key 90-minute window surrounding her disappearance.

In a 25-minute-long BBC Crimewatch appeal, Scotland Yard will tomorrow night highlight crucial new clues over what happened in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.

The new timeline of the night the three-year-old vanished will be key.

In a clip released to the Daily Star Sunday, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood – who is leading the hunt – says: "Primarily what we tried to do was take everything back to zero – started from the absolute beginning and then re-analysed and reassessed everything, accepting nothing.

"The critical and careful analysis of the timeline has been absolutely key.

"Primarily what we are focused on is the area between 8.30pm and 10pm.

"We know that 8.30pm was the time Mr and Mrs McCann went down to the tapas area for their dinner and we know that around 10pm was when Mrs McCann found that Madeleine was missing."

CRIMEWATCH: Kate and Gerry's tv appeal [BBC]

According to mum Kate's book, at least two checks were carried out on Maddie and her younger twin siblings.

One was by her husband Gerry and the other by a friend called Matt Oldfield.

Former GP Kate then found her eldest daughter missing around 10pm. And it is hoped that the Met Police's work on the timeline will "place more significance on events that night".

DCI Redwood, who heads up Operation Grange, said: "The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine's disappearance.

"Our work to date has significantly changed the accepted version of events that has been in the public domain to date.

"It has allowed us to work with Crimewatch to build the most detailed reconstruction yet and highlight very specific appeal points.

"I hope that when the public see our investigative strands drawn together within the overall context of that appeal, it will bring in new information that moves our investigation forward."

As well as a lengthy reconstruction, the appeal will feature a number of e-fits of men who police are keen to speak to.

Detectives say the faces are all from sightings in and around Praia da Luz in the days before and on May 3, 2007.

"The purpose of the appeal is to try and identify these men, eliminate any innocent sightings or to establish if they are connected in any way," said officers from the Met.

The McCanns, both 45, of Rothley, Leics, will make a live appeal in the studio, supported by DCI Redwood.

It will also be shown in Holland and Germany.

In the clip seen by the Daily Star Sunday, Gerry is asked whether there is a "Maddie-shaped hole" in the couple's lives.

He says: "When it is a special occasion and you should be at your happiest and she's not there, that's when it really hits home.

"I mean Madeleine's birthday goes without saying."

Kate adds: "That's what it is, isn't it? It's the big family occasion. And you haven't got your whole family there."

The reconstruction will show the couple playing tennis and Madeleine picking up the balls.

Madeleine McCann: Crimewatch to show 'fresh version of events', 13 October 2013
Madeleine McCann: Crimewatch to show 'fresh version of events' BBC News

13 October 2013 Last updated at 00:01
Crimewatch will feature a 25-minute reconstruction of events in the case
Crimewatch will feature a 25-minute reconstruction of events in the case

The timeline and accepted version of events surrounding Madeleine McCann's disappearance have "significantly changed", British police say.

The Metropolitan Police said a BBC Crimewatch appeal to be aired on Monday would feature "the most detailed reconstruction" of the case yet.

It will also broadcast e-fits of a number of men police want to find.

Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, was three when she went missing in Portugal in May 2007.

She disappeared from her family's holiday flat in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz, as her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, dined out with friends at a nearby restaurant.

Portuguese authorities dropped their investigation into the case in 2008, but Scotland Yard started a review in May 2011.

'New significance'

The purpose of the Crimewatch appeal, which police are describing as the "most complex and detailed" so far in the case, is to try to identify a number of computer-generated images, or e-fits, of men who were sighted in and around Praia da Luz on or before Thursday 3 May 2007.

As part of that effort, a reconstruction - almost 25 minutes long - of events leading up to and surrounding Madeleine's disappearance will be shown.
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Gerry McCann: "When it's a special occasion... and Madeleine's not there - that's when it really hits home"
Gerry McCann: "When it's a special occasion... and Madeleine's not there - that's when it really hits home"

A short clip released in advance by police shows an actress playing Madeleine running across a tennis court as two adults, apparently her parents, play a game.

During the search for their daughter, the McCann family released a photograph of Madeleine, believed to be one of the last taken of her during the holiday, holding several tennis balls.

Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood, who is heading the investigation, said: "The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine's disappearance.

"Our work to date has significantly changed the timeline and the accepted version of events that has been in the public domain to date.
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The McCanns released this picture of their daughter during the search for her
The McCanns released this picture of their daughter during the search for her

"It has allowed us to work with Crimewatch to build the most detailed reconstruction as yet, and highlight very specific appeal points.

"I hope that when the public see our investigative strands drawn together within the overall context of that appeal, it will bring in new information that moves our investigation forward."

DCI Redwood said that police had sought to "try and draw everything back to zero... take everything back to the beginning and then reanalyse and reassess everything, accepting nothing".

Phone records

He added: "The careful and critical analysis of the timeline has been absolutely key. Primarily, we are focused on the area between 8.30pm and 10pm.

"We know that at 8.30, that was the time that Mr and Mrs McCann went down to the tapas area for their dinner, and we know that at around 10pm, that was when Mrs McCann found that Madeleine was missing."
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An image (R) of how Madeleine might have looked aged nine
An image (R) of how Madeleine might have looked aged nine

Madeleine's parents will make a live appeal in the studio during the programme and, ahead of the broadcast, they told the BBC how much they still miss her.

"When it's a special occasion, when you should be at your happiest, and Madeleine's not there, that's when it really hits home," Mr McCann said.

Mrs McCann added: "It's when you have the big family occasions... and you haven't got your complete family."

Earlier this month, police said phone records may be key to the case after it emerged officers were analysing data from phones belonging to people who were in Praia da Luz when Madeleine vanished.

The Crimewatch appeal will also be broadcast in the Netherlands and Germany.

Madeleine McCann: Key Details 'Were Wrong', 13 October 2013
 
Madeleine McCann: Key Details 'Were Wrong' Sky News

12:13am UK, Sunday 13 October 2013

UK police are to reveal that details of the original investigation into Madeleine's disappearance in Portugal have been revised.

Video: Madeleine Key Details 'Were Wrong'

 

British detectives working on the Madeleine McCann investigation are set to reveal that key details in the timeline that led to her disappearance were wrong.

The revised details will emerge in a BBC Crimewatch appeal on the case to be broadcast on Monday, which will also feature a 25-minute reconstruction of the events six years ago.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, of the Metropolitan Police, told Sky News: "Primarily what we sought to do from the beginning is try and bring everything back to zero if you like - to try to take everything back to the beginning and then re-analyse and reassess everything accepting nothing."

The new appeal will include a reconstruction of the "latest, most detailed understanding" of the events around the time Madeleine went missing.

Scotland Yard has revealed a vast log of mobile phone traffic could be the key to finding out what happened to the youngster.

Detectives are also poised next week to release a number of computer-generated images of two German-speaking men they wish to speak to.

Gerry and Kate McCann feature in the Crimewatch appeal

Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry, have welcomed the fresh impetus given to the investigation, although their anguish is undiminished.

Gerry McCann tells the Crimewatch appeal: "When it's a special occasion, when you should be your happiest, and Madeleine is not there, that's when it really hits home. Obviously, Madeleine's birthday goes without saying, that's when its more poignant."

Madeleine disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3 2007 as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant with friends.

British detectives launched a fresh investigation in July this year - two years into a review of the case.

The Metropolitan Police now has a team of six Portuguese detectives based in Faro who are carrying out inquiries on its behalf.

The Portuguese investigation is officially closed but authorities there are backing the Scotland Yard inquiry and officers from both countries will work together in pursuing new leads.

Madeleine Appeal Angers Praia Da Luz Residents, 13 October 2013
 
Madeleine Appeal Angers Praia Da Luz Residents Sky News

5:18pm UK, Sunday 13 October 2013

Expats in the town where Madeleine McCann went missing seven years ago are not keen for the spotlight to be shone on them again.

Praia da Luz was the focus of attention when Madeleine McCann vanished

 

Robert Nisbet
Europe Correspondent


Praia da Luz has achieved that unwanted badge of geographical infamy: a town identified with a shocking or awful event.

Like Hungerford, Soham and Columbine this pretty tourist enclave on the Algarve achieved international prominence after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann on May 3, 2007.

Understandable then that many of the residents - especially British expats - are less than welcoming to the media which have returned to cover this fresh appeal.

One man who owns a flat in the building where the McCanns were staying was visibly angry at our presence, calling us "pathetic" as he walked away in disgust.

The management of The Ocean Club say there is a good reason for local people wishing the attention would fade: its bad for business.

They refused a request by Sky News to film in the restaurant where the McCanns were staying, but admitted that bookings have still not recovered six years after her disappearance.

The apartment building where Madeleine disappeared

Graham Roberts retired here 18 years ago, where he plays the piano every Sunday at the Fortaleza da Luz restaurant.

"There's no doubt that the case has changed the town. People who live here can't understand why Madeleine McCann in particular gets all the publicity when hundreds of children go missing every year," he said.

"There was another appeal recently and posters were put up again all over town. They were ripped down in days. People don't want to be reminded of what happened here."

We met one woman who had made the trip to Luz because she had seen the town on news reports and wanted to visit.

Mary Pearson, a tourist from Cumbria, told Sky News she hopes the reconstruction will eventually help the family be reunited.

"It's just awful what they are going through, I really hope someone remembers something," she said.

"Even if some of the locals don't want the cameras back, if it brings some closure to the parents then it will be worth it."

With thanks to Nigel at McCann Files

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