British police have held meetings with Portuguese police chiefs to
discuss the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the first
meetings to take place between the two authorities as part of a new
review into the case by British police.
In a statement, a spokesman from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
said: ?MPS officers travelled to Portugal at the beginning of August and
had their first meeting with Portuguese authorities to discuss ways to
progress the investigation review.?
It was confirmed that 30 senior officers travelled to Portugal ?as a
means of taking the review of the case forward?.
A review into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was called for in
May by the British Home Secretary Theresa May.
Meanwhile, Madeleine, the book written by Kate McCann about the
disappearance of her daughter, has now been released in Brazil and is
also due for release in Germany today (Friday).
In one of the interviews given by Kate and Gerry McCann in Germany, they
talk of the case and their continued hope that their daughter will be
Speaking to the German paper Stern, Kate McCann explained why the couple
continue to give interviews to the media about the case. She said:
?We believe that it (media exposure) will help us to find our daughter.
Believe me, we would prefer to be able to withdraw from the public eye
completely but as long as it could help us to find Madeleine, we will
Gerry McCann added that they were happy that the case was now being
investigated by UK police: ?We are very happy that Scotland Yard was
given permission by the Portuguese to undergo a re-examination of the
records. We will not stop investigating until Madeleine is found.?