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Madeleine McCann: Stupid Portuguese police ignore ‘evidence’ and hurt Kate and Gerry (say tabloids)

by | 27th, April 2012

MADELEINE McCann: Almost five years on and Our Maddie is still on the front pages. As ever, there is no news. There are no new facts. We are just watching the missing child’s parents and attacking funny foreigners, in this instance the Portuguese police.

The Sun (front page): “MADDIE COOP SNUB”

The missing child leads the Sun’s editorial of the world’s most important news moments. (What no Rupert Murdoch, Leveson and all that hacking?)

Maddie insult

ARROGANCE is piled on incompetence as Portuguese police snub pleas to reopen the Madeleine McCann inquiry. They say they will act only on “credible and relevant” new facts.

But the Met Police haven’t found any new facts. So how is it a snub?

Scotland Yard officers have established no fewer than 195 fresh lines of inquiry and say Madeleine may still be alive.

No. Not fresh leads. As the Met said:

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.”

These so-called leads have not even been shown to the Portuguese yet. So, how can the Portuguese reopen the case on their strength?

Yet Portuguese detectives insultingly dismiss their work and wreck the hopes of Kate and Gerry McCann, who had been “hugely encouraged” by the Yard’s painstaking investigation.

What utter nonsense. The Portuguese police are conducting their own review.

When 195 new leads are discovered, lack of evidence seems an unlikely reason for this shameful decision.

There is no new evidence. The Met says it believes they might have new lines of investigation to pursue. They have found no new evidence.

Isn’t it more likely that Portugal is deeply embarrassed by the unprofessional way it bungled the search for Madeleine when she vanished five years ago?

The Portuguese made mistakes a few big ones. But they are working with the Met.

In their eagerness to blame Kate and Gerry, local cops missed crucial clues. Now, despite so much important new information, they ignore what might be a genuine chance of finding Madeleine alive or discovering the truth.

No word on the fact that Sky  – the Sun’s stablemate paid out damages to the McCanns. The Portuguese police were not the only ones keen to make the parents suspects.

Have they no children themselves? And have they no consciences?

Be use only parents can care about a missing child. Because parents never harm children. (See Baby P.)

Page 7: “McCanns hoped Portuguese cops would see sense. They were wrong.”

We hoped the Sun wound wind its neck in and stick to the facts. We were wrong.

Meanwhile, the Met says:

Work of the team involves close collaboration with a senior investigating officer from the Policia Judaria and detectives have been to Portugal several times.

Daily Express (front page): “Madeleine: Parents ‘Hugely Encouraged’ by News Police Hunt”

Good. We all are. The Met will do a good job.

Daily Star (front page): “Maddie setback”



POLICE in Portugal refused to reopen the Madeleine McCann investigation yesterday, claiming there was “no new evidence”.

The Met say there is no new evidence. So what’s the claim?

The Met says:

Officers are now methodically going through that material which they believe amounts to around 40,000 pieces of information equating to approximately 100,000 pages.

Why reopen the case

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