Madeleine McCann: Met Wants To Arrest 3 Burglars As Soon As The Portuguese Police Can Find Them
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. These are the first front-pages of 2014 to feature the tabloids’ ‘Our Maddie’.
Both the Express and Mirror lea with news of impending arrests.
Madeleine McCann cops to make first arrests: Three burglars who ‘made many phone calls’ after her disappearance wanted
What will they be arrested for?
The Crown Prosecution Service has sent an International Letter of Request to Portuguese police seeking permission to arrest the trio
The Met want to quiz three burglars who carried out raids in the Portuguese resort when the three-year-old vanished…They hope to speak to the thieves after mobile phone records showed the men made numerous calls to each other in the hours after she disappeared.
Have these men be id-ed?
A spokesman for Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry said: “The letter is a significant development. It is necessary for British police to request the Portuguese authorities allow them to operate on their turf. It means they have the intention of arresting and interviewing X, Y or Z. We don’t know who they have their sights on but it’s likely it is the burglars. Whether the Portuguese will co-operate remains to be seen. It is a very sensitive issue with differences they have had. Police want to be given a chance to arrest key suspects. It doesn’t prove they have Madeleine but it will rule them in or out of the investigation and that is important. Kate and Gerry don’t want to build up their hopes too high but they realise it could be a significant new lead.”
Or as the Express puts it:
Madeleine: Police identify burglars as prime suspects after phone calls clue
THREE alleged burglars have been identified by Scotland Yard as potential major suspects in the hunt for Madeleine McCann.
There is no news.