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Madeleine McCann: The ‘Suspect Photo, Scotland Yard And A New Maddie

by | 9th, May 2010

MADDIE WATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann the ‘suspect’ photo, the new Our Maddie and Scotland Yard investigates…


Gail Cooper is in Praia da Luz, at the Express’s expense. She says she saw the man who might have kidnapped Madeleine McCann. He’s the suspect who looks like the late George Harrison (see images below).

There is news of a man in a photo:

DETECTIVES have been handed a photograph showing a man behaving oddly in the days before Madeleine McCann was kidnapped.

Today we reveal that one of Mrs Cooper’s friends, Leanda Hodson-Mackey, took a snap of her husband Stephen, 34, and son, then aged two, and the man appeared in the background, walking along the beach during a downpour.

Go on:

Although his features cannot be clearly made out, there is a rough image which could be enhanced with FBI picture improvement techniques.

So. A woman who knows Gail Cooper has a photo of her son which features a man whom she does not know. And this man, as the headline says, is a “Suspect”. He is a suspect because he is near a child on wet beach?

Mrs Cooper, 53, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, told the Sunday Express last week she believes the same man went on to kidnap Madeleine McCann.

But this man’s face cannot be clearly seen. How does she know that it is the same man she claims to have seen?

Leanda’s mother Trudy Dawkins, 49, was also in Praia da Luz at the time. Says she:

“When we were back home it was on the news that Madeleine had disappeared and we all racked our brains to see if there was anything we could remember which would help the investigation.

“We all remembered this man walking along the beach in the rain, then Gail recalled he later went to her villa.

“Leanda had a throwaway camera. She went through the pictures she had taken and realised the man was in the background in one. Detectives took a statement from her and took away the picture, but we don’t know what happened after that.”

Such are the facts.

Daily Mirror : “Mum’s fear of ‘Maddy’ tot kidnap”

No, not that Our Maddie, sorry, Maddy. Another one:

A mother yesterday told of a “Madeleine McCann moment” when she saw a car thief drive off with her baby girl in the back.

Madeleine McCann is now a feeling.

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