Madeleine McCann: ‘Shannon Matthews’ Cops’ Join The New Hunt
MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann – The Daily Star reports that the West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiries Team (HEMET) aka HELMET, will investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
You might have heard of them before. As the Star notes, these are the “Shannon cops”. This is the police team who found Shannon Matthews.
Only, it wasn’t them that found Shannon Matthews. The 300 local police looking for the missing child found Shannon Matthews because a neighbour Michael Donovan aka Paul Drake, heard child footsteps in his flat in Lidgate Gardens and knew he had no children.
The Express told us:
Detectives had all but given up hope of finding Shannon Matthews alive when she was discovered in what they thought was a routine door-to-door inquiry.
And then there wer the tip offs.
Anyhow, back to the story of how HMET will “study Portuguese police files”.
Madeleine’s doctor parents Kate and Gerry, both 41, are said to be “delighted’’ at the move. It follows a meeting with Home Secretary Alan Johnson at which they begged him to relaunch the official search for their daughter.
And then this bit of news:
A source told the Daily Star: “It’s hoped we can clear the decks and start over again.”
Madeleine McCann is missing – and after a voracious media feeding frenzy, lots and lot of news and hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on the search for her, there is no sign of the missing child. There are no suspects.