Anorak | Madeleine McCann: Daily Mirror Presents 2006 News of The World David Reid Story As Its Own Scoop

Madeleine McCann: Daily Mirror Presents 2006 News of The World David Reid Story As Its Own Scoop

by | 26th, March 2014

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. Today the Daily Mirror has a front-page scoop:





Go on, Tom Pettifor:

Mirror investigation reveals that sicko David Reid was hiding in the Algarve at the time Madeleine McCann was taken from Praia da Luz

Did that investigation include reading the News of The World from 2006?  That paper told us:

Holidaymakers and ex-pats in the small town of Carvoeiro, near Albufeira, are unaware of the sordid past of the crooner they know affectionately as Irish Dave.

Warped Reid, who was jailed for three years for indecent assaults and gross indecency, has the run of the town because he came out of prison BEFORE the Sex Offenders’ Register was launched and does not have to register his whereabouts.

The Belfast-born joiner does the occasional day’s work on local building sites but spends most mornings in bed and sunny afternoons on his balcony overlooking the ocean.

He is a regular at popular local pubs The Round-Up Saloon and Jailhouse where he plays guitar and sings country and reggae favourites.

On nights off from gigs he befriends expats and tourists over cigarettes and beer at the neon-lit town centre bars that pull in punters with happy hours and karaoke.

This area is home to hundreds of British expats and thousands of tourists flock to the town every year with young children.

Pettifor makes no mention of the ex-paper’s report, writing:

Reid moved to the seaside resort of Carvoeiro, 30 miles from Praia da Luz, in 2004 after being freed from jail.

The same year the sleepy town was targeted by a lone child sex attacker who broke into apartments belonging to British holidaymakers, often abusing young girls in their beds.

Reid was completely unmonitored by the authorities while in Portugal because he was released from prison before the Sex Offenders’ Register was set up.

Is 30 miles away “next door” as the Mirror’s front-page headline states? Is your next door neighbour thirty miles away? Do you live in a castle surrounded by expansive lands? According to the Mirror , Hyde Park corner is next  door to High Wycombe. Good news for those Buckinghamshire home owners who can now add a few zeros to the value of their homes.

But Reid does sound like a revolting human being. Anyone sane should agree with his being a sick man.

(Also, Pettifor forgets the celebrity angle, Pixie Lott told us: “I grew up singing in a karaoke bar in Carvoeiro called the Round Up Saloon, and even now, when we go back.”)

Pettifor adds:

Carvoeiro is one of three resorts, including Praia da Luz, targeted by a prowling paedophile who is suspected of abusing five youngsters, aged seven to 10.

The sex attacks happened between 2004 and 2006 while the break-ins were reported up to 2010. Police believe they are likely to be linked to Madeleine’s disappearance.

Not quite. They said it was one line of enquiry. There might be a link.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is spearheading the new UK police search for the missing youngster, said the sex attacks in Carvoeiro were

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