and Gerry McCann have criticised the “heartbreaking”
failure by Portuguese police to investigate new
leads in daughter Madeleine’s disappearance.
The Midland couple
have called for a full case review into the inquiry,
and have begged the Home Secretary to take over.
They say they have
been failed by international rules which mean that
Leicestershire Police have to pass any leads to
their Portuguese counterparts – who have closed the
Speaking after a
court upheld the ban on a book in which former lead
detective Goncalo Amaral claims their daughter is
dead, they appealed for fresh help from officials to
Mr McCann said:
“You would hope that the parents of a missing child
shouldn’t have to beg for such assistance and that
the authorities would do everything in their power
in the first place.”
The couple, both
41 and from Rothley, have employed private
detectives to search for Madeleine, who went missing
during a family holiday in May 2007.