This morning a surprising new development in the case of the
Madeleine McCann. Three years after the British girl
vanished in Portugal police say they are ready to re-open the
investigation. Lets get the latest from Keir Simmons in London. Keir,
Well, good morning, Lester. Its now more than three years since three
year old Madeleine McCann vanished and Portugal's police just
desperately need to solve this crime. This morning it is reported that
detectives are committed to resolving the case and would work on a
review and pursue any new line of enquiry. You remember
Kate and Gerry McCann's
young daughter went missing from their holiday apartment in
idyllic resort in Portugal's Algarve. Some witnesses saw a male
abductor carrying her away but incredibly the parents themselves were
then accused of her involvement. Those allegations have been dismissed
now but this week Madeleine's parents claim that both the British and
Portuguese governments have forgotten their daughter.
Thoughts and words are not good enough, particularly when they are in a
position that they can actually do something about it.
If Madeleine was found it would almost be by chance and it shouldn't be
right that this crime is solved by another child being abducted.
Well this morning its reported that Portuguese detectives will look at
the case again but Madeleine's parents have waited too long to get their
hopes up and are awaiting official confirmation. Lester'
Keir, we haven't seen the McCanns for quite some time. How are
generally are they coping right now'
Well you know, Lester, I've covered the disappearance of little
Madeleine McCann from the beginning. I arrived in Portugal the day
after she went missing and to me her parents now seem as shell-shocked
and devastated as they did in those early days. They say Madeleine's
twin brother and sister often talk about if Madeleine comes home, er,
not about if Madeleine comes home but about when she comes home. How
they will share their bedrooms and spend time together. Without those
two little ones the parents say life would have simply been unbearable.
Alright. Keir Simmons in London this morning, thank you.