Madeleine McCann: Secret Meetings, Three Non-Arrests And All Over By Lunch
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. Today ‘Maddie’ is on the front page of the Daily Mirror:
The pictures and the news illustrates a “secret kidnap summit”. Yeah. Define “secret”. It’s as – as if – the Mirror is presenting this as a scoop. The Mirror has more:
Madeleine McCann’s parents ‘on tenterhooks’ as Scotland Yard detectives fly to Portugal to arrest three suspects
We know this because a “source” – whose anonymity is pretty much the only secret thing about the story – says Gerry and Kate McCann are “anxious”. This “source” then explains the law and what is going on:
“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.
So. News of the arrests is based on the opinion of an unnamed “source”, not the police? What about the front-page headline of cops “flying in to arrest three suspects”?
After arriving in the Algarve yesterday the Yard team held a secret four-hour meeting with senior Portuguese officers and prosecutors. The discussions are believed to have centred on getting local officials to sanction the arrests and subsequent questioning.
Any more facts?
It has pin-pointed three men who are said to have been very close to the scene when three-year-old Maddie was snatched from her family’s holiday apartment at the resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007. The records also indicate the suspects, believed to be a burglary gang, made a high number of calls to each other in the hours following her abduction.
But what links this trio to the child? The Mirror turns to another unnamed source – because when a child is missing maintaing secrecy is of vital importance, right?
An insider said of yesterday’s talks: “It’s the first time the UK and Portuguese police have met since the request was made…The investigation is at a sensitive stage and it remains to be seen what action will be taken by the Portuguese police.”
The rest of the newspapers catch up:
Daily Mail: “Are Maddie police about to make three arrests?”
The Mail says the meeting was “important” and lasted “three hours“, not four. They then went for lunch.
The Irish Indy answers the Mail’s question: “UK police set to make arrests in McCann disappearance”
The Telegraph is more circumspect: “Madeleine McCann detectives arrive in Portugal to discuss possible arrests”
Such are the facts….