Hope for Kate and Gerry in return to Portugal
By ANTONELLA LAZZERI
MADELEINE'S parents will return to Portugal next week with
new hope in the search for their abducted daughter.
The couple will launch Kate's new book, aimed at boosting
Kate and Gerry will travel to capital Lisbon for the release
of an edition translated into Portuguese.
They hope it will tell their side of the story to the
simply Madeleine, it is already set to be a No1 bestseller
in the UK after being serialised all week in The Sun.
said: "I don't feel we have had the chance to tell our side
of the story in Portugal yet.
hoping people will read the book and realise what kind of
people we are - loving parents."
Cardiologist Gerry, 42, added: "I think there are a lot of
cultural differences and sometimes people there didn't
understand why we did certain things and the book will
hopefully address that."
Gerry believe vital clues - a missing piece of the "jigsaw"
- may be buried away in Portuguese police files.
night the Portuguese former police chief who was sacked from
the investigation launched a vile attack on Kate.
to other cases Kate described, of intruders attacking
British children in their Portuguese holiday homes,
Detective Goncalo Amaral ranted: "There are no cases of
child abuse in Portugal. Kate lies, telling that.
like her are not needed, mothers neglecting their children,
that loses a child on holiday after dinner when she was
drinking in a bar until midnight."
Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, said: "Kate and Gerry will
not respond to, or dignify, his predictable comments."
said of the case review: "I'm sure it will go a long way to
addressing one of our key disgruntlements, that British
police had lots of information that was just sitting there
with no one looking at it."
surprised the PM ordered the review so fast. She said: "We
weren't expecting to hear anything until next week."
Metropolitan Police was last night setting up its special squad to
review the Madeleine McCann case - as a former top cop said: "If
something's been missed they will find it."
team from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command is being assembled
under a senior investigating officer expected to be appointed today.
Initially around ten officers will work on the review - rising
dramatically if new evidence is found
is expected a scenes-of-crime officer and a forensic scientist will be
team will review witness statements, make a fresh appeal for information
and carefully re-check alibis given after three-year-old Madeleine was
abducted on holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.
O'Connor, former Commander of the Flying Squad at New Scotland Yard,
said: "They will be looking for something that has been overlooked or
not developed which could lead to a fresh line of enquiry.
sighting, a tip-off, something that didn't ring bells at the time but
could be vital.
is not inconceivable that something major could have been missed in an
investigation of this size and complexity.
firmly believe that if there is something to be found this Scotland Yard
review will uncover it."
Portuguese police have pledged to co-operate after lobbying by Joanna
Kuenssberg O'Sullivan, Charged'Affaires at the British Embassy in
ball started rolling after Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry wrote a
heartfelt open letter to PM David Cameron in Thursday's Sun to request a
review of the case
prompted Mr Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May to ask Met
Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson to use his force's expertise on the
team will meet Kate, 43, and Gerry, 42, from Rothley, Leics.
senior Met source said: "They'll be gently told not to raise their hopes
too much - four years have elapsed since she vanished and the trail has
long gone cold. But the team will promise them they will do all they can
to move things on."
team will then visit officers in Leicestershire - the UK liaison force
in the hunt - before flying to Portugal next week. The source said: "Our
role will be to assist the Portuguese police. They'll take the lead
because Madeleine disappeared there."
O'Connor added: "It's imperative the two sides work well together.
Attending the crime scene and re-examining forensic exhibits will be a
delicate task to be handled with diplomacy.
"They cannot afford to give the impression they are showing the
Portuguese how it should be done - that could be catastrophic."
added: "One can sense the relief in the McCanns that something positive
is happening at last.
"There can be no closure for them until they know exactly what happened.
Please God this will put an end to their ordeal."
Blast for peer who
Met review is 'a waste'
By TOM NEWTON DUNN, Political Editor
LABOUR peer sparked fury yesterday - by branding the Met case review a
waste of money.
Harris also said David Cameron's request was political interference with
said: "What we are looking at is a case where the Met has no direct
responsibility. There is clearly an issue about the resources being
Harris, a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, added: "It's not
just a question of direct costs - it's a question of opportunity costs
detective capacity is limited as it is."
hit back at the claim the PM was interfering in police business.
official spokesman said he made "a request, not a direction" for a
Asked why other families with missing children were not offered the same
treatment, he replied: "It's quite an exceptional case. It's been going
on for some time and there's a huge amount of public interest.
Prime Minister has been very clear that he wants to do everything we can
to support the family."
Met confirmed Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson was asked, not told, "to
spokesman said: "He took the decision it was the right thing to do."
There were suggestions yesterday that the review could take millions
away from fighting crime.
Home Secretary Theresa May has agreed to foot the bill from her
department's excess budget.
Labour yesterday insisted Lord Harris's opinion was not shared by the
Leader Ed Miliband's spokesman said: "Lord Harris does not represent the
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper added: "We fully back Kate and Gerry
McCann's request for information to be reviewed. Any overlooked piece of
this jigsaw could be important."