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Madeleine McCann: distorting the facts with Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood

by | 26th, April 2012

MADELEINE McCANN: She is alive. Fact. Well sort of. The Metropolitan Police have issued a photo of Madeleine McCann at age 9. Only, it’s not an actual photo. It’s a guesstimate likeness created by an artist. The Met either have no idea what happen to Madeleine McCann, or have an idea but want to use the upcoming fifth anniversary of her disappearance to support their endeavours at solving the mystery.

Also, tonight BBC  will broadcast Panorama Madeleine: The Last Hope? . Catch it tonight at t 7.30pm on BBC One.

The tabloid press all lead with this picture of Our Maddie:

The Sun (front page): “Maddie age 9 Image show her now”

Fact!. This is her now.

Daily Mirror (front page): “NEW HOPE FOR MADELEINE Then & Now”


Daily Star (front page): “Amazing Pic To Help Find Missing Girl”

It’s an artist’s impression. Last week the Star produced one of its own.

Daily Express (front page): “MADDIE: SHE IS ALIVE”


Daily Mail (front page): “Is This How Maddie Looks Now?

The answer is EXCLUSIVE to all papers: We have no idea.

The Express adds to the facts by saying that Scotland Yard have found “195 news leads”. They haven’t. As the Met says in a statement:

“The intention is to identify from that material investigative opportunities which we will then present to the Portuguese authorities who retain primacy for the investigation. Officers have so far identified around 195 such opportunities within the historic material, and are also developing what they believe to be genuinely new material.”

They have found 195 things of interest amid the existing files. The Portuguese police may well have already considered them.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, of Scotland Yard’s homicide and serious crime command actually said that officers are “developing material which we believe represents genuinely new material”.
As for the fact that Madeleine McCann is alive, Commander Simon Foy says:
“Most significantly, the message we want to bring to you is that, on the evidence, there is a possibility that she is alive and we desperately need your help today to appeal directly to the public for information to support our investigation.”
Nothing has changed.
The Guardian: “Madeleine McCann could be living with abductor, says Scotland Yard”
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said: “We genuinely believe there’s a possibility that she is alive. I want to make a direct appeal. If you know where Madeleine McCann is or if you have any direct information or evidence

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  • Brit Abroad

    “He (Andy Redwood) said detectives believe Madeleine was abducted in “a criminal act by a stranger”.”

    Yes Andy Redwood certainly said that, and on camera too! ….. it was shown on New Zealand News this evening. I could not believe my eyes, especially after seeing him answering questions on the video issued by the Met!

  • Vimes

    So, one chief investigator gives a personal hypothesis to his national press and is pilloried unmercifully, while being accused of undermining the case – another does exactly the same thing and it’s treated as if he’s handed it down on tablets of stone. No double standards there, then? This is just another PR exercise, in advance of today’s announcement by the Portuguese police, to try and justify a total waste of the Met’s time and public money – cue much righteous tabloid indignation about the dastardly dagoes and another round of sycophantic drivel from the media Maccanistas. Has anyone called Lorraine yet?