Madeleine McCann: CPS head to Portgal as The Met close in
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news:
Daily Express (front page): “FREHS HOPE AS BRITISH LEGAL TEAM HEAD TO PORTUGAL OVER FRESH EVIDENCE”
Alison Saunders, chief crown prosecutor for London, discussed crucial developments in the case uncovered by Scotland Yard. It is the first time such a senior figure from the Crown Prosecution Service has travelled to Portugal in connection with Madeleine’s disappearance and her presence, along with her deputy, fuelled speculation that a new inquiry is about to be launched.
It certainly does. As a reader writes:
I hope they finally find out what happened.
A CPS spokeswoman is quoted:
“Prosecutors from CPS London and investigators from the Metropolitan Police Service visited their Portuguese counterparts on April 17-18 to discuss possible next steps in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. We continue to work with the police on this case.”
The McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell adds:
“They remain grateful, however, to the UK authorities for the work being done to establish what happened to Madeleine and to bring those responsible for her abduction to justice.”
Evening Standard: “Fresh hope in Madeleine McCann investigation as CPS lawyers travel to Portugal”
Government lawyers have travelled to Portugal to meet police and prosecution officials to discuss new leads in the Madeleine McCann inquiry. The trip is the first time that lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service have visited Portugal in connection with Scotland Yard’s £5 million review of the case.
Home Secretary Theresa May is now expected to announce a full-scale Yard investigation into the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine in May 2007…
Last month the Standard revealed that detectives had identified a list of potential suspects. Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell, who supervised the review, said there were a “good number” of people who should be questioned as well as “further forensic opportunities”.
The list is thought to number around 20, including Britons. The potential suspects are thought to include a handful of known child-sex offenders who are believed to have been in the Algarve when Madeleine disappeared.
This all sounds like progress.
The Met said:
“Our investigative review into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann continues to make encouraging progress. Detectives remain in regular contact with Kate and Gerry McCann and are working closely with the Portuguese police in an attempt to make further progress.”
Madeleine was then three-years-old when she vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3 2007, as her parents Kate and Gerry dined at a nearby tapas restaurant with friends.
Such are the facts.
PS – Ben Needham – any British police looking for him?