They may not have welcomed the order from Downing Street to launch an
investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance, but at least
Scotland Yard detectives have made a first visit to Portugual.
I can't imagine they were given a warm welcome by their Portuguese
colleagues whose work (failure to solve the mystery) the Met team is
Still, it's a step in the right direction and officially the two groups
met "with very good co-operation and liaison will continue."
There are 30 Met officers - the equivalent of a murder squad - working
on the review and I'm told that a senior officer is having to give
regular spending updates to the Home Office which is funding an
operation that will cost several millions and last many months.
It's four months since the review was launched with great fanfare by the
Prime Minister after a plea from Kate and Gerry McCann.
The couple had long felt abandoned by the British and Portuguese
authorities to hunt alone for their missing daughter.
But it's difficult to get much information about the operation from the
cops, No 10 or the Home Office.
A recent Freedom of Information request for answers to a dozen of so
questions has been held up by the Yard's FOI man while he considers if
the info sought is in the public interest.