Madeleine McCann: 7 Arguidos, DNA, A Lone Woman And Exclusives
MADELEINE McCann: a look at reporting on the missing child in the news. Today the tabloids’ ‘Our Maddie’ is back on the Mirror’s front page:
The ‘EXCLUSIVE’ news is that there a ‘Brit Man & Woman’ are ‘NEW SUSPECTS’.
David Collins and Russell Myers report:
The pair, who live in Portugal, are among seven new suspects who Met police will order to provide a DNA sample. A source said Scotland Yard investigators believe they have “identified certain people who have vital information”
It is believed that the expats may know each other but it has not been revealed if they are a couple.
So. Just sound detective work, then, but preseted to Mirror readers as progress.
The DNA of the seven suspects will be matched against evidence taken from the apartment at the Ocean Club resort in the resort town of Praia da Luz where Madeleine was staying…
A source said: “After reviewing thousands of pieces of evidence, Scotland Yard investigators believe they have identified certain people who have vital information. It is likely the British suspects are already known to the investigation.”
So. To recap: the Mirror says there are “new” suspects, but they might not be new.
It is understood some of the suspects know each other or worked together at the Ocean Club resort. At least two of them are believed to have criminal records and some made phone calls to each other on the night Madeleine disappeared.
Making a phone call to workmates on the night of the biggest story of the last decade is evidence?
It is believed that the two British suspects were spoken to by Portuguese police after Madeleine vanished.
And as for it being an ‘EXCLUSIVE’, well, one day easlier ITV reported:
Two Brits among seven new suspects in Madeleine McCann investigation
And the story is full of facts:
A British man and woman are among seven people to be questioned as suspects in the Madeleine McCann investigation. The seven will be spoken to by officers between November 24 and November 28 in Faro.
Two women will be questioned – the British one and another of Eastern or Central European origin. Five men, two British and three Portuguese will also be asked for their whereabouts on the night Madeleine vanished. A further four people will be spoken to as witnesses.
It’s thought three of those being questioned will be declared “arguidos” – or given formal suspect status under Portuguese law. Some of those being questioned have been spoken to by police before – none were known to the McCanns.
The Express hints at a conspiracy:
Madeleine McCann suspects ‘all knew each other and exchanged calls on night of vanishing’
But then gets confused:
They are also all familiar with Praia da Luz – the Algarve holiday resort where Madeleine was staying with her family.
Some are also said to have criminal records and others are ex-workers of the Ocean Club holiday complex where Madeleine vanished from.
It is not known how many of the group of seven, which also include Portuguese nationals, are British.
At least one of the 11 people set to be quizzed later this month is thought to be a woman.
The Telegraph adds:
The fact they are set to be questioned as arguidos show the Operation Grange officers probing Madeleine’s disappearance are still focusing on the theory she was killed during a bungled break-in. Scotland Yard has identified 38 “people of interest” to the inquiry. British police are now in the process of formally asking for permission to sit in on the interviews, which will be led by Portuguese officers who will ask questions on their behalf.
Such are the facts…