Madeleine McCann disappeared
from the Algarve resort of
Praia da Luz in 2007
The Metropolitan Police's 'hunt' for
Madeleine McCann is making 'progress'
proclaims the front page of the Daily
Express, 14 August 2013. About time,
many will say. Waiting for the Met,
unlike Godot, is already deep into its
third act and the curtain still shows no
sign of drawing anytime soon.
And that must be good news for all the
swarthy 'gypsies', ex-pat paedophiles
and 'persons of dubious intent' who, if
we believe the UK press, endure a daily
jostle for space in the shadows cast by
the Beach of Light.
The truth is that any such floating
resident - who may also have travelled
within the Iberian Peninsula, anytime in
2007 - will be long gone by now. If not,
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir
Bernard Hogan-Howe has helpfully
announced that there are still a few
more "weeks" available in which to make
the appropriate arrangements.
In 2011, the Met stated the following:
'High profile reviews, such as this one,
are highly emotive and the manner in
which they are conducted are usually
kept in strict secrecy so that the
tactics and lines of enquiry that are
followed do not become public knowledge
thereby rendering them useless.'
Given the public nature of recent
statements and Andy Redwood's press
conference, it would appear the
celebrated 38 'persons of interest' are
not to be found languishing on any
police registers. If they are, then, by
the Met's own definition, they have
rendered their investigation useless
through the prolonged announcement of
their impending arrival. Not so much the
storming of the British Armada, more
like Carry On Up The Algarve.
It seems fair to assume that the
interesting people identified by the Met
are settled members of the community,
who will not already have fled the
country or sought sanctuary in the
hellish lairs and lawless villages
around Praia da Luz, of which Dave Edgar
spoke so liltingly. Their important
contribution to the investigation may
well be in providing crucial evidence in
order to build a case against the
perpetrator/s of this "evil crime".
In other words, after more than two
years of reading, reviewing and
travelling, the Met may, at last, have a
clear understanding of what happened to
Madeleine and a clear understanding of
what needs to be achieved in order to
convince the Portuguese authorities to
reopen the case. This is supported by a
legal source, quoted in the Express, who
states: "We are on track."
It was Gonçalo Amaral, the original
co-ordinator of the Portuguese
investigation, who first revealed, in
March 2012, that Scotland Yard had been
working closely with an investigative
Judiciary Police team from Oporto. He
went on to add: "What is known is that
the "affair" is not going well for the
One wonders if anything has changed.
Nigel Moore is based in Leicester,
England, United Kingdom, and is a
Stringer for Allvoices.