Madeleine McCann Category
News digests and reviews of the missing child in the news. Madeleine McCann vanished on Thursday, 3 May 2007 from a rented holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Madeleine, on holiday with her twin siblings and parents Kate and Gerry McCann,became the biggest news story of the past decade. We’ve followed it closely ever since the story broke.
MADELEINE McCann’s face peers out from the cover of today’s Daily Express. The news is, as ever, lacking in any fact other than one: she’s missing.
But the Express has news that “police want to quiz more suspects”.
MADELEINE McCann: a round-up on August’s reporting on the missing child.
There are many things it’s fine to reference at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Jimmy Savile, Cliff Richard, missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, rape, abortion, Madeleine McCann (yes, still), Michael Jackson (yes, still), the free sugar-free limoncello at Nancy Dell’Olio’s show (yes, really)… Just whatever you do, please don’t mention the Scottish independence referendum.
Once upon a time, an ‘Our Maddie’ joke was tabloid fodder.
Met chief vows no let-up in search for Madeleine…
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “The investigation is still ongoing and we will not be reducing the team.”
He praised Portuguese authorities for allowing Yard detectives to take part in the summer search.
“A reasonable amount of progress has been made,” he added.
MADELEINE McCann: It’s the seventh summer of the missing child in the news media. This is today’s news:
Two newspapers leads with ‘Our Maddie’.
The Sun tslk of the “1st ARRESTS”.
MET detectives flew into Portugal last night as cops there are to make the first new arrests over Madeleine McCann’s abduction. They are expected to sit in on the interrogation of at least ‘three prime suspects’ in the next few days.
Officers are also planning to sit in on the quizzing of another five “people of interest” and what one source described as a “vital informant”.
No-one has been arrested. They are helping police with their enquiries.
Police investigating the mystery disappearance of Madeleine McCann have began questioning “formal suspects”. Scotland Yard detectives flew into the Algarve and were allowed to sit in on the interviews. Two “persons of interest” – or arguidos in Portuguese law – had been quizzed by local detectives.
The Metropolitan police officers were not allowed to ask questions, although sources close to the investigation say UK officers have over 250 questions for one of the men.
Two more people remained at Faro police station waiting to be interviewed by the Policia Judiciaria.
One of them is said to be suffering from severe schizophrenia and his interview may be postponed as he has not yet been assigned a lawyer.
It is not clear when the fourth individual will be interviewed.
MADELEINE McCANN: The Sunday Express front page leads with the sensational headline: “I killed Maddie, you’re next.”
The story is that British woman Clara Corrigan claims that the man who stabbed her in Portugal screamed: “I killed Madeline McCann and I’m going to kill you.”
Madeleine McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news media.
Stefano Hatfield, Indy: “Reward MH370”: We need to have faith in those who govern”
…I’ve never lost anyone truly close to me in mysterious circumstances, so I cannot know how that must feel. I cannot know therefore how bewildered the desperate families of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 must be to set up a crowd-sourced whistle-blower fund, “Reward MH370”, in the hopeful belief that someone, somewhere must know what happened to the jet that went missing two months’ ago with 239 people on board.
Nor, can I know the overwhelming terror, guilt, worry and helplessness that Gerry and Kate McCann must endure daily as they continue to search for answers regarding the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, seven years ago.
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak look at the missing child in the news. In today’s newspapers.
The missing child is not on any of the front pages.
The Mirror: “Madeleine McCann search: Family of missing Ben Needham say ‘thoughts and prayers’ are with the McCanns”
Ben was just 21-months-old when he disappeared from the Greek island of Kos in 1991. A review into his disappearance was held in 2012, with some of the experts from that operation now being used in the renewed search for Madeleine.
23 years on, no trace of Ben has yet been found.
The police never looked that hard for him.
His family told Sky News: “Our thoughts are with the McCanns in this search for Madeleine. We ourselves know that this sort of investigation will be a very difficult time for the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
MADELEINE McCann: A look at the missing child in the news.
The child renamed ‘Our Maddie, by the media is back on the front pages.
Has anything been found on the dig in Praia da Luz?
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news media…
She’s front-page news:
The Sun leads with a prosaic picture of woman holding two spades. Hovering over the photo of the missing child, the inference is clear. The police are not looking for a living person.
As the Mail reports:
‘They understandably have to remain positive and assume Madeleine is alive, but the dig raises the possibility of finding evidence that she is not’, a source close to the couple said.
MADELEINE McCann is front-page news in the Daily Star:
Police are digging on wasteland. They are looking for… Well, it must be a body, right?
Says the Star:
‘Come and dig up my garden’ says mother of cleared Maddie suspect – A MUM whose son was cleared as a suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance welcomed the new police search.
DID you see Madeleine McCann at the Europa League Final in Turin between Benfica (Portugal) and Sevilla (Spain)?
This is mad at the Porto match nd she has that same thing in her right eye as maddie McCann! pic.twitter.com/5ukxvjl3ZB
— Aiden Hoffman (@aiden_hoffman) May 14, 2014
People actually think this is Maddy McCann? I recon she might’ve grown over the years she’s been missing pic.twitter.com/Wzu3NkoEjT
— Fray Charles (@FraserMarshall1) May 15, 2014
Woah did anyone else just see Madeleine McCann in the stands then? pic.twitter.com/KTdjPLd41D
— Alex Head (@AlexJHead) May 14, 2014
MADELEINE McCann: A round-up of reporting on the missing child:
The Times: “New hunt for Maddie opens old wounds in Praia da Luz”
David Brown is the latest journalist to holiday in Praia da Luz:
Seven years after Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, the quiet Algarve town where she vanished is preparing to become the centre of world attention all over again.
It never really stopped, though, did it? Until the story has an ending, Praia da Luz is home to the Praia da Luz Mystery.
The dark shadow cast over Praia da Luz has returned with the announcement that a new police search is to begin just as the town is preparing for the tourist season. Madeleine… is the subject of a £5 million Scotland Yard investigation involving up to 40 officers. It was ordered by David Cameron after Portuguese police closed the case. A judge has authorised a request from the British team for the Portuguese police to examine one privately-owned site using ground-penetrating radar. This has upset residents and business owners, who fear the search will put the town back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
May 7, 2014:
Daily Record: “British cops arrive for Madeleine McCann hunt but officials ban them from searching suspects’ homes”
A team of British police hunting for Madeleine McCann flew into Portugal yesterday – only to be told they are banned from raiding the homes of three suspects they want to quiz. The team of seven detectives led by Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, were pictured arriving at Faro Airport.
In a further blow the team have also had their hopes of probing the bank accounts of the trio, who worked at the resort where the child vanished, dashed by Portuguese officials.
As ever, the Portuguese are presented as the enemies.
Scotland Yard had wanted to see if there were any large payments to the suspects, suggesting they could have been paid to snatch Madeleine from the Praia da Luz resort. But a source close to the investigation said last night: “The Portuguese judge who examines the requests sent by Scotland Yard’s did not consider the arguments to be valid enough to warrant searching the workers’ homes…”
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at reporting on the missing child:
Daily Mirror (front page):
“MADDIE COPS TO START DIGGING UP RESORT”
It is a “WORLD EXCLUSIVE”.
Kate and Gerry McCann have never given up hope their missing daughter Madeleine is alive – but they are now bracing themselves for the heartbreak of a police search for her body. Scotland Yard detectives are preparing to go to Portugal to launch extensive digs in and around the holiday area where the youngster vanished seven years ago at the age of three. The tormented couple have been briefed by officers about their plans to search three sites near the Praia da Luz resort they were staying at.
Madeleine McCann: Euclides Monteiro ‘Cleared’, Roderick William Robinson Wanted And Seven Years Pass
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:
“MADDIE PROBE ANGER”
Neil Chandler & Tracey Kandohla report:
Maddie: Portuguese police blast Brit cops and DENY arrests will be made soon
MADELEINE McCann: As the anniversary of her vanishing looms, the Sun creates a splashy no-news story.
As ever, the tabloids are focusing on the missing child’s parents:
‘I need to find out if Madeleine is alive or dead… an end to not knowing’ - Says Kate McCann
Once upon a time, the notion that the child might be dead was not one the McCanns would countenance, at least not in public. Has anything changed?
KATE McCann last night opened her heart over missing daughter Madeleine, saying: “I just want to know if she’s alive or dead”. Speaking to publicise a new child rescue alert system, she added: “We need to know. The worst thing is not knowing.”
MADELEINE McCann: the Sunday Express has Our Maddie on her usual place: the front page.
The headline is sensational. But which Maddie Suspect? Which shirt? Found by whom?
James Murray explains:
A FORMER Scotland Yard detective has uncovered a sensational clue that could help solve the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Peter Bleksley believes the shirt worn by the prime suspect was a rare design produced by beer company Super Bock.
The shirt is this one seen below, reportedly worn by the man linked to attacks on children in Portugal.
So. The man who is no longer a serving policeman – who is not working on the case in any official capacity – has found this shirt?
It was not sold but given away to loyal customers and should be possible to trace. The suspect is a child sex attacker who has been operating for years in the area of Portugal where Madeleine vanished in 2007.
His burgundy coloured top with a distinctive white circle on the back was described by the families of two of his victims.
We thought it looked not a lot unlike this top, as worn by Arsenal FC:
Back to Mr Bleksley, 54, “a founder member of the Yard’s undercover squad”, who tells the paper:
“Some people have suggested it bore a resemblance to a strip once worn by the Arsenal football team.”
Yes. We did.
“However, I think a more likely explanation could be that the man was wearing one of these Super Bock promotional T-shirts.”
More likely? So. He hasn’t found the top worn by the suspect, then?
This is the logo for Super Bock beer:
And this is a super Bock Tee:
What else do we know about Mt Bleksley? His twitter profile tells us:
I write, consult, and comment upon subjects that I know a lot about. Policing, crime, security. Husband. Dad to 3 great sons. Love sport, especially QPR. London
The Guardian tells us he is “a director and co-owner of a business intelligence company”.
So. He’s an independent, self-employed man on the case. All power to him. He’s doing the job of an investigative journalist. He adds:
“From speaking to bar owners I know the design for these T-shirts changes every year and only a certain number are handed out to regular customers. Therefore, it would be possible to check back on all the designs and the years they were produced and see which one bears most similarity to that witnessed by families of victims. Then it would be possible to check the distribution of the T-shirts to see where they were given out. Not all pubs bother with the promotion so through a process of elimination it may be possible to narrow down where such shirts may have been handed out and then bar owners could be asked about their customers.
“We know that some victims said the man smelt of stale alcohol and tobacco and that he had a pot belly, so that would suggest he was a regular drinker or may have worked in a pub or restaurant.”
So. Has he found one?
In the Algarve resort of Carvoeiro we found a tradesman wearing one of the shirts with the words Super Man on it. He said he had owned the shirt for a number of years.
No. He hasn’t found one.
Such are the facts…
MADELEINE McCann is back on the Daily Express’ front page.
BRITISH detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are looking at five more cases in which young British girls were sexually assaulted in the Algarve. In each case, a lone intruder broke into a holiday home before attacking the girls.
One of the assaults, on a 10 year-old girl, was carried out in Praia da Luz, where Madeleine McCann was staying when she disappeared. The 2005 attack took place two years before Madeleine vanished.
But are police “ready to make arrests”?
MADELEINE McCann: The Star has news of another Maddie:
The Star’s sister paper, the Express, also had the story of the “Maddie lookalike taken from her bed”:
What news, then? The Star reports:
Maddie lookalike taken from family home in copycat snatch
POLICE were last night searching for a three-year-old girl snatched from her family home in a remote outback town.
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. Today the Daily Mirror has a front-page scoop:
“BRIT PAEDO WAS LIVING NEXT DOOR TO MADDIE RESORT”
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
MADELEINE MCCANN: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news…
The Sunday Express is the only appear to lead with the missing child. And its news is chilling:
POLICE AT WAR OVER MADDIE
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look the missing child in the news. In 2009, Cape Verdean national Euclides Monteiro, 40, died in a tractor accident. His name has been linked the missing child. There is no evidence in the media that he stole the child.
The Guardian notes:
A suspect in the Madeleine McCann case who may have sexually assaulted five British girls in the Algarve up to 10 years ago died in 2009…
We’re noted that the dead black immigrant cannot be easily questioned.
The source also said there had been another so far unpublicised incident in which another British girl on holiday with her parents was sexually abused, although he did not go into when this came to light nor where or when it took place.
Any more facts?
The revelations came the day after the Metropolitan police in Britain appealed for information on a total of 12 incidents in which an intruder entered holiday accommodation in three resort areas including one where Madeleine, then three, went missing in May 2007. Four of these cases, between 2004 and 2006, involved assaults on girls aged seven to 10 and one involved two children, according to Scotland Yard, although police in both countries have looked at incidents up to 2010, three years after Madeleine vanished.
The Guardian’s source was careful to say the police had come to “no definitive conclusions” about Euclides Monteiro
Madeleine McCann: Attention Turns To The Foreign Sex Attacker Wearing What Could Be An Arsenal Shirt
THE sun is out, spring is here and thoughts turn to holidays overseas. And with it all comes more news of Madeleine McCann. The BBC reports:
Madeleine McCann: Police hunt sex attacker
Who is this criminal?
UK police probing the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are seeking an intruder who sexually abused five girls in Portugal between 2004 and 2006. Detectives say the attacks happened in holiday villas occupied by UK families in the Algarve. The man, described as tanned with dark hair, is suspected of breaking in to 12 properties from 2004 to 2010.
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news.
The Daily Mail: “Madeleine police shown secret Portuguese dossier on spate of burglaries in the area where she went missing”
British police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have been handed a confidential dossier on burglars in the Algarve by Portuguese officers. They kept the secret file because of a rash of burglaries in and near Praia da Luz, the resort where Madeleine went missing in May 2007 when she was three.
Is that clear? They kept the file secret because of a spate of burglaries? Wouldn’t these crimes have been logged?
Some children were abused during the burglaries.