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Madeleine McCann: Facing Facts With Lee Rainbow

by | 15th, May 2011

MADELEINE McCann: Times is hard and members of the Metropolitan Police Force’s Governing body are rightly upset and confused by UK Premier David Cameron’s request the London Woodentops carry out a review of the strange case of missing child Madeleine McCann.

They want to know who is going to foot the bill? That answer is easy…everyone.

Cameron’s decision to involve Scotland Yard was defended by Downing Street officials as a whirlwind of complaint struck with cries of “Foul” around claims intervention was a “PR exercise”. Others say the move could take years and cost millions.

It is complicated by: time since the disappearance, the lack of facts, answers, trace of the child or her body and the ensuing publicity storm surrounding the events which have developed into pro and anti-McCann camps

Critics point out the Portuguese remain the lead investigators since no crime is known to have been committed in Britain and the child disappeared while in the care of her parents the Doctors Gerry and Kate McCann.

It is correct permissions have to be sought and given and then all documents will have to be translated and read by Scotland Yard detectives ( a loose term since any chief Woodentop could be based at any London Police Station).

Coincidently, for those not in London and the immediate environs, London has TWO Police Forces the Metropolitan lot and the City of London Police.

The choice of the Met for this probe is interesting because the City of London’s Force’s investigations into long and complex fraud cases would seem to give it a better track record for this sort of review.

Lord Harris of Haringey, a Labour Party supporting Peer and member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, says the Tory PM’s intervention undermines the independence of the force and the investigation would use up valuable resources.

While no-one doubts the desirability of doing what can sensibly be done to find out what has happened to Madeleine McCann, I can imagine that the senior leadership of the Metropolitan Police are not exactly happy about this ,” said the Labour peer.

Better Place

It is true the investigating team set up by the Met will have a long and difficult task. Translations are not always the best place to start.

There is perhaps a better place…right in their own back yard. For the past few years British Police Forces have used the skills of criminal profilers to help them with extremely difficult cases.

The Madeline McCann Case is more than difficult, it is baffling, it is the Marie Celeste all over again: No body, no clues, no answers to vital questions and for some time now no investigation at all since the Portuguese Police authority leading the investigation says it has no evidence on which to proceed. That and the reaction to it are all well documented here in Anorak and elsewhere.


Police work and ‘proper’ journalism have one thing in common, begin at the beginning and ask the five Great Questions:

There is a good starting point which does not need any translation team to start an immediate review.

Britain’s highest ranking criminal profiler had a clearly expressed view which he told the Portuguese police they should follow after

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