Madeleine McCann: Interpol seek Russell Hobbs and Morphy Richards
DO you know Russell Hobbs? What about Morphy Richards? Following news of a family of kettle thieve in Cyprus, who was accompanied by a child the victim claims looked like Madeleine McCann, the Express announces:
Calls to DNA test ‘Madeleine McCann’ in Cyprus
A BRITISH girl who sparked an inquiry in Cyprus because she looks like Madeleine McCann should be DNA tested, police say.
Only, she “fled” with the alleged crooks.
Cypriot police chief Paris Paraskeva said it is unlikely the girl is Madeleine but the simple check should be done just in case.
What is this simple check?
Today the Sunday Express can disclose the mysterious circumstances which triggered the inquiry, now involving Scotland Yard detectives reviewing the Maddie files.
Just as we disclosed them last week:
In October last year a British couple and three children, the Madeleine lookalike and two boys aged two and seven, rented an apartment in Ayia Napa, a place popular with British tourists on the south-eastern tip of Cyprus.
Then they left.
After they left the supervisor of the property noticed some items were missing, including a kettle, and told the owner, who made a complaint to local police.
The police didn’t take it all that seriously. Then the alleged victim recalled that the child in this runners looked like
Lord Lucan, Shergar Madeleine McCann. So:
They issued an arrest warrant for the couple and alerted airports and ports. The day before the arrest warrant was issued, February 7, it appears the family flew to Britain.
Got that? The family with the most wanted child on the planet “fled” to…Britain.
Then another man claimed he spotted Our Maddie with the kettle bandits:
The Greek Cypriot man thought a picture with the article showing how Madeleine would look now looked remarkably like the girl who had been his neighbour. He begged police to investigate, telling officers: “I think the girl living next door to me was Madeleine McCann.”
So. The man who owns the house who allegedly got ripped off by the rent-dodgers says the child was Madeleine McCann. And the next-door neighbour – who might know that hard-done-by owner – says he knew it was her, too.
Call the cops!
Inspector Paraskeva told the Sunday Express: “We took the report very seriously and then realised the address was the same as for the couple we were looking for. It was quite a coincidence.”
No ****, Sherlock.
“I asked my officers to do checks with schools to see if the girl was registered anywhere and we were lucky because she had been at a school in Ayia Napa. We got a photograph of the girl and her birth certificate which showed she was 12, several years older than Madeleine would be now.”
“We knew the family had left the island, so we informed Interpol and I sent them the picture of the girl and her birth certificate.”
You called Interpol about a family that hadn’t paid a bill? A family who nicked a kettle?
Interpol! Under ‘Crime Areas” in the Interpol website, we could find no section for Kettle Bandits. We did find a spot about “FUGITIVES“:
One of our most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives is the Red Notice. This seeks the provisional arrest of a wanted person with a view to extradition and is circulated to police in all our member countries. Red notices contain identification details and judicial information about the wanted person.
What about “TRAFFICKING IN ILLICIT goods”?
Trafficking in illicit goods, is a generic term used by INTERPOL to describe all types of illicit trade. It includes such practices as counterfeiting (trademark infringements), piracy (copyright infringements), smuggling of legitimate products and tax evasion. Selling fake or counterfeit products as the real thing is one aspect of this crime; so is selling genuine goods on the black market to avoid paying taxes.
No kettles mentioned. Indeed, a Red Notice was not issued for the Kettle Bandits.
Inspector Paraskeva adds:
“I had the name of the girl and an address where the family were staying in England and that has all been given to Interpol, so I assume that the police in England will have checked it out. They have not contacted me back, so I do not know what is happening.”
Chances are it’s gone to the very top.
“We also showed the picture of the girl to the Greek Cypriot man and he confirmed it was the child who had been living next door. When he compared the picture with the one in the magazine he was not so sure it was definitely Madeleine but we all felt it was still worth investigating.”
Good for him.
“If the couple had been on the island and we had arrested them and then received this report, we would have asked the girl to provide a DNA sample for testing. We have the DNA profile of Madeleine so we could have done it quite quickly. I would think that Interpol or British police would do this when they speak to the family just to rule it out.”
Hold on a moment. The adults are accused of doing a runner and nicking kettle who you will swab an innocent child? Run! And God Speed…