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Madeleine McCann: Will Theresa May Reopen The Case?

by | 5th, July 2010

MADELEIEN McCANN: Kate and Gerry McCann are to meet with Theresa May, the Home Secretary. They will discuss how the search for the missing girl is “progressing”.

The case in Portugal and the UK has been shelved. The police are, of course, willing and ready to take any call should evidence emerge. But the only people really looking for Madeleine McCann are the family’s private detectives.

Sky News reports:

Mrs May’s interest in the case follows an internal review of evidence ordered by former Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson last year. Mr Johnson wanted an outline of how a new investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance might work.

He wanted to outline for an investigation into a child who went missing three years ago, and on whom there is a welter of speculative pros, libel litigation but so evidence – might work?

The report is understood to be almost complete and there is speculation that a fresh probe into the case could be ordered. However, the Metropolitan Police have said there are no plans to reopen the investigation.

So. What will Theresa May do with the case of a missing child who has become the benchmark for all missing children?

Will May read up?

Danny Collins moved to the Costa Blanca with his wife in 1991 and joined a local newspaper group as an investigative reporter before retiring as deputy executive editor in 2004.

Since then he has written an average of a book a year on true crime. The first was ‘Nightmare in the Sun’, the story of the kidnap and murders of Anthony and Linda O’Malley while seeking a retirement home on the Costa.

The second was ‘Vanished’, the international best-seller that told the no-holds-barred story of the controversial and flawed investigation into the disappearance of three year-old Madeleine McCann in Praia de Luz in Portugal.

He knows.

Will May find new evidence, such as that in the Sun, which in a piece about how thanks to Sara Payne “We’ve Saved 624 kids From Paedos”, tells readers:

FOUR years ago, a national agency was set up to rescue children from abuse and arrest sex offenders. The Child Exploitation And Online Protection Centre includes police, child safety experts plus charity, Government and industry people.

Today, on the tenth anniversary of eight-year-old Sarah Payne’s abduction by Roy Whiting CEOP announce their latest results – with more perverts than ever being caught.

Jim Gamble is head of CEOP:

In the last fortnight, we sent a team to Cambodia to apprehend a British suspect. We want to show that, no matter where they are – here or abroad, online or offline – the long arm of the law can reach them.

We are now also to take responsibility for missing children.

So if a child like Madeleine McCann went missing now, I can’t say whether we could find her but I have no doubt we could act faster to alert the authorities here and improve the response of authorities abroad.

Sounds encouraging, and realistic.

We do not know what happened to Madeleine McCann. All we know is what happened in the media and in the libel courts…


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