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Madeleine McCann: Euclides Monteiro ‘Cleared’, Roderick William Robinson Wanted And Seven Years Pass

by | 4th, May 2014

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s regular look at the story of the missing child in the news media:

On the seventh anniversary of tabloids’ ‘Our Maddie’, the Sunday Star leads with news:



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Neil Chandler & Tracey Kandohla report:

Maddie: Portuguese police blast Brit cops and DENY arrests will be made soon

No arrests.

PORTUGUESE police have blasted Brit detectives over their handling of the Madeleine McCann investigation.


Yesterday marked exactly seven years since the little girl vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve. But at a special prayer service in the McCanns’ home village of Rothley, Leics, dad Gerry, 45, said he and wife Kate had been buoyed by the Scotland Yard probe.

But what about the row? Readers will have to wait for the actual scoop. Fist we hear from Gerry McCann, the child’s father:

He said: “They are going back out to Portugal very soon. They are chipping away and there is new evidence. We are going to continue hoping we get a happy outcome – and one day we will know what’s happening.”

Not a single word from an actual named policeman.

Now for the news:

But the Portuguese have accused the Metropolitan Police of going on a “media offensive” over the case. They say leads recently publicised by the Met are “very flimsy”.

And they say claims about imminent arrests are not true.

But the Met has made no noises about imminent arrests. Only the media has done that.


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The Star adds:

A well-placed source said: “They’re pulling their hair out in relation to recent allegations by the Met. They’re very angry the ­British police have gone on a media offensive. Furthermore, the information is not consistent with the information they have.”

What source? Well-placed where? A child is missing. Name names.


Last year, Portuguese authorities agreed to re-open the probe into Madeleine’s 2007 disappearance after a review by the Met.

So. They are working together.

 January, British police suggested three burglars were prime suspects.

Not quite, no. They did send a letter requesting that Portuguese police follow up a potential lead. As Sky’s Martin Brunt noted:

Metropolitan Police detectives want Portuguese investigators to interview the three men, who were in the area when the three-year-old disappeared. Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said mobile phone records show the men made numerous calls to each other in the hours after Madeleine vanished while on a family holiday in Praia da Luz in May 2007.

He said: “Scotland Yard detectives, among many other things they did as part of their review of the Portuguese case, have examined mobile phone traffic and what’s emerged is that there was an extensive use of mobile phones by these three individuals in the minutes and hours after Madeleine disappeared.

“They were suspected of burgling one or more apartments in the block where Madeleine and her family were on holiday in the days before her disappearance.

“Madeleine went missing and within minutes the phones of these suspects were ‘red hot’ – they were talking to each other an awful lot. Investigators have no idea what they were saying to each other. There are no recordings of the phone conversations, but the activity was such that it’s raised suspicions.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said :

“We can confirm that a second International Letter of Request has been sent to the Portuguese authorities by the Crown Prosecution Services this week in connection with Operation Grange.”

A source told in the Mirror :

Madeleine McCann cops to make first arrests: Three burglars who ‘made many phone calls’ after her disappearance wanted… The Crown Prosecution Service has sent an International Letter of Request to ­Portuguese police seeking permission to arrest the trio…


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.”

All factual. Or as the Express  puts it:

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