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Madeleine McCann | Anorak - Part 23

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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: Victoria Beckham Lookalike Found

mccann-lookalike-1MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Posh lookalike found, live from Barcelona and the Swedish ghost ship…

Daily Express (back on the front page): “MADDIE: Mystery of yacht that just vanished”

It’s the “MADDIE YACHT MYSTERY”.

No, it’s not the yacht that just vanished form the new, the Arab yacht that in June 2007 caused the Express to yell “Find the Arab’s yacht.” This is another disappearing yacht entirely:

A YACHT which left the Algarve just hours after Madeleine McCann disappeared has vanished without trace, the Daily Express can reveal. The luxury Swedish cruiser sailed out of the Portuguese harbour at Portimao on May 4, 2007, the morning after four-year-old Madeleine disappeared. It has not been seen since.

Last night there was growing speculation that Madeleine might have been whisked out of Portugal on the mystery boat.

Speculation like:

It is possible Madeleine could have been abducted on the orders of a childless couple, desperate to have a family, and taken to Barcelona to meet her new “parents”…

And the mystery yacht?

In Sweden all vessels measuring over 12 metres (40ft) long must be registered with the Swedish Maritime Administration. But inquires with their head office in Stockholm yesterday found no record of the yacht.

You don’t suppose… No, it’s too far-fetched. Well, you don’t suppose the mystery yacht was smaller than 12 metres long?

Daily Star: “Maddie: Was she on boat?”

The Swedish boat or the Arab boat? The jet ski?

MADDIE: RIDDLE OF AUSSIE ‘GHOST SHIP’

DETECTIVES hunting for Madeleine McCann were last night trying to trace a multi-million-pound power boat. The high-speed craft flying the Australian flag was moored yards from the spot where a nervous Posh Spice lookalike asked a Brit: “Are you here to deliver my daughter?’’

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Posted: 8th, August 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (33)


Madeleine McCann: McCanns Consult With Victoria Beckham

4708335MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Madeleine McCann is missing and the celebrity face of Victoria Beckham is linked to her vanishing.

It’s The Third Summer of Our Maddie and four newspapers – The Sun, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Star and the Daily Express – all lead with the hunt a woman who looks a “bit like” Victoria Beckham”…

Daily Star (front page): “MADDIE: find yacht oz woman.”

She had a yacht with her? Well, no. She was Australian. Well, she might have been. She was a woman? Yes. Unless… Such are the facts.

A worldwide hunt was under way last night for a Posh Spice lookalike who cops believe could be linked to Madeleine McCann’s kidnapping.

No, not cops – private detectives who used to be cops.

This woman was seen pacing nervously up and down on the quayside outside the El Rey De La Gamba seafood restaurant in Barcelona’s trendy Port Olimpic district at 2am.

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Posted: 7th, August 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (11)


Madeleine McCann: Fat Victoria Beckham, New Zealand And Michael Jackson

mccann-11MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Fat Victoria Beckham, New Zealand And Michael Jackson…

FIRST Post: “McCann detectives seek Australian woman”

The First Post has the facts. The wanted woman is Australian. Not a Kiwi as earlier reported. Fact.

The men described her as a “Victoria Beckham lookalike”. She had an Australian accent and spoke Spanish and Catalan as well as English.

So she might not have been Australian, only blessed with the accent she got from watching daytime telly.

The Guardian: “The woman, said to have an Australian or New Zealand accent”

The First Post:

The two witnesses are said to have encountered the woman outside a restaurant in Barcelona’s popular marina area. She apparently mistook the principal witness, a 41-year-old man, for someone she was supposed to meet.

A man she was supposed to meet?

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Posted: 6th, August 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (17)


Photofit Of ‘Victoria Beckham’ Madeleine McCann Suspect

5890631MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Victoria Beckham look alike wanted in connection with disappearance of Our Maddie.

What for the film?

Private detectives hired by Madeleine McCann’s parents want to trace a “Victoria Beckham lookalike” with an Australian or New Zealand accent. The woman is being sought because of something she said to two British men who met her in Barcelona three days after Madeleine went missing.

mccann-victoria-beckham-suspectAnd this is what passes for not only news but for evidence. Cynics will point out that at least a link to a top celebrity will keep Our Maddie high in the internet search results.

“Victoria Beckham ” is understood to have an Australian or New Zealand accent. And a questionable singing voice.

Image: Vicky must be in tears. Maddie’s Vicky looks a bit on the plump side.

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Posted: 6th, August 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (15)


Madeleine McCann Hunt For Australian Man

mccann12MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Australian man sought…

Daily Mail: “Maddie: hunt for mystery man from Australia

With Michael Jackson’s death running out of steam and the August silly season upon us, the hacks return to Our Maddie.

Vanessa Allen has news:

The search for Madeleine McCann last night switched to Australia as detectives began hunting for a new suspect.

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Posted: 6th, August 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (16)


Madeleine McCann Hunt Cost Police Third Of Shannon Matthews’ Price

mccann-reward1MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – The police bill…

Sky News: “Revealed: The Police Bill For Madeleine Hunt”

British police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have spent almost three quarters of a million pounds on the case.

The Breakdown

The force’s part in the search for the missing little girl cost £548,477 in 2007-08.

An extra £196,756 has been spent in 2008-09 – taking the total to £745,233.

Some of the cost has so far been reimbursed by a Home Office grant of £525,069.

The Grant

In February, the Home Office said if a local police force has to incur extra costs for a Government event, its authority can ask for “special grant support from the Home Secretary.”

Says the McCanns’ spokesman, Clarence Mitchell:

“The police keep Kate and Gerry informed as and when appropriate and let them know of any movement on the case and Kate and Gerry are grateful to them. Obviously they have spent a lot of money on helping to find Madeleine and they are grateful to them for that effort.

“But Leicestershire Police are still bound by the Portuguese authorities as they are the lead force even though technically the case has been shelved over there, pending any significant developments.

“Leicestershire do what they can under the circumstances and Kate and Gerry are grateful for being kept in the loop.”

The hunt for Shannon Matthews cost £2.7million.

Madeleine McCann is missing…

Posted: 3rd, August 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (8)


Madeleine McCann In Australia

jamie-nealeMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Jamie Neale and Our Maddie…

In “Jamie Neale and Richard Cass – taking good fortune for granted”, the Times’ Carol Midgley puts herself plays Tabloid Bingo! with found backpacker Jamie Neale and missing Madeleine McCann:

I wonder how Kate and Gerry McCann feel reading the story of Jamie Neale, the British teenager who was lost in the Australian Outback for 12 days, given up for dead, then miraculously found and reunited with his tearful father.

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Posted: 1st, August 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (2)


Madeleine McCann Coverage Turns Man Into Paedophile

maddieMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – John Riches says Mccann coverage triggered an interest in child porn…

Western & Somerset Mercury: “Pervert ‘guilty’ in child porn case”

A PERVERT in his 20s has pleaded guilty to downloading child pornography after his interest was stoked by media reports of the Madeleine McCann case.

John Riches, of Aldwych Close, Burnham, blamed a ‘troubled childhood’ and his inability to express his feelings for his actions.

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Posted: 28th, July 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (8)


Madeleine McCann Is Number One In The Top Ten Unsolved Crimes Hit Parade

billie-jo-jenkinsMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Our Maddie Tops the Top Ten Missing Unsolve Crimes.

Hats off to the Daily Telegraph for dreaming up The Top Ten Unsolved Crimes and putting Madeleine McCann front-page centre.  The web loves Top Tens and with this one the Tabloidgraph should get loadsa traffic.

Beneath a picture of a grinning Madeleine McCann, Telegraph readers learn:

Richard Edwards: The question I get asked most: What happened to Madeleine McCann?

Edwards is the paper’s crime correspondent. Greetings, ghoul pickers. Here’s the official Top Ten of Crimes Unsolved:

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Posted: 24th, July 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (44)


Madeleine McCann Overheard In Spain

AN Anorak writer is in Spain. The conversation turns to if the children can be left in the family apartment – in a secure development with guards; the youngest child is 7. And who should pop into the conversation but Our Maddie:

Brother: Leave the kids in the apartment
Sister: Can’t do that.
Brother: Why the **** not?
Sister: Haven’t you heard what happened to Madeleine McCann.
Brother: No. What happened?

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Posted: 22nd, July 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Raymond Hewlett And The Wait For DNA

1515120MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Raymond Hewlett will not face charges over a child’s disappearance.

The Blackpool Gazette has news on Raymond Hewlett, a man linked by media and sources with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Hewlett, an Our Maddie victim:

A former Blackpool soldier, linked to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, is unlikely to face charges over a sex attack 30 years ago. A team of detectives from West Yorkshire police flew to Germany to question Raymond Hewlett over the assault on an eight-year-old girl in 1972 and took a DNA sample.

So not guilty. Innocent, even?

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Posted: 21st, July 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (4)


Camping With Madeleine McCann

our-maddie5MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – let’s go camping with Madeleine McCann in Scotland.

It’s the Third Summer of Our Maddie and Scotland on Sunday’s Pauline Diamond wonders how she can work the missing child into a story of carefree camping.

FOUR miles south of Ayr, the Craig Tara holiday park’s 85 acres slope gently to the shore… Single-lane roads lead to dead ends and turning circles. Children’s toys and discarded bicycles lie on the grass, waiting to be tidied away. Some of the caravans are bordered by mini picket fences, pots of geraniums and clay cherubs by their front doors. It’s a world that values the familiar, where relaxation takes precedence over adventure…

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Posted: 19th, July 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (21)


Madeleine McCann’s Algarve Is ‘Awash’ With Paedophiles

maddie-mccannsMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Kate and Gerry McCann sue Goncalo Amaral, Oprah Winfrey cruises and washing in Algarve paedophiles…

Sun Times (via): “Some Things Oprah should know about deaths on cruise ships & the evil cruise companies‏”

According to Chicago-based Best Travel, a cruise like the one Winfrey is taking her staff on costs about $5,400 a person. The billionaire employs more than 100 people at her Chicago based TV production company which recently featured an interview with the parents of missing toddler Madeleine McCann.

Eyes down for Tabloid Bingo – can you link a big news story to your vested interest?

Speaking of missing persons:
Since the year 2000, 116 cruise ship passengers have gone overboard.
http://www.cruisejunkie.com/Overboard.html

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Posted: 15th, July 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (14)


Kilmarnock Man Is New Madeleine McCann Suspect

maddie-51MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Another suspect in Scotland.

A new suspect is hunted. This one in Kilmarnock, Scotland:

The ‘News’ can reveal that a former Largs resident is to be questioned over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The shock move comes after a series of drawings were recently issued of suspects who were spotted in the Portuguese town of Praia da Luz on May 3 2007 around the time of the four year old’s disappearance.

It’s the Third Summer of Maddie – expect lots of news – and pictures:

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Posted: 8th, July 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (6)


A Madeleine McCann Found In France

a-mannequin-painted-in-the-likeness-of-madeleine-mccann-marks-the-first-anniversary-of-madeleine-mccanns-disappearance-in-praia-da-luz-portugal1MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Another Our Maddie is found in France…

The Times: “Girl, 12, abducted by ‘internet stalker’ on family holiday in France”

Kaya Burgess reports:

A 12-year-old British girl was found sobbing in a French airport after a Belgian man abducted her from a holiday villa and tried to take her on a flight to Madrid. The girl from Glasgow had been staying with her family in a villa in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer in the South of France when she was lured away by a 41-year-old man she had met on the internet.

Paedo. Internet. Foreigners. This story has all the elements of a tabloid hit. But one thing is missing…

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Posted: 8th, July 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Photojournalism, Reviews | Comments (3)


A Madeleine McCann Found In Panama

our-maddie4MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Another Our Maddie is found in Panama…

Sunday Express: “WILL MADDY NOW BE FOUND?”

It’s the Third Summer of Our Maddie, and the Sunday Express senses hope in news that a child, now aged 8, has been found in Panama?

“New hope for girl as McCann kidnap girl returns after 6 years.”

People can come back. But is the link to Our Maddie relevant or just a cynical ploy to spin the story and create front-page sensation?

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Posted: 5th, July 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (10)


Madeleine McCann OCD: Man Suffers From Our Maddie Fear

fear-mccannMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – A man contracts Our Maddie Compulsive Disorder…

IN Maddie and Me, David Lowe delivers news on how the disappearance of a child affected one man:

Maddie horror made my OCD so bad that I thought patting my little girl would stop her being snatched

Bang! Bang! Bang!

HAMMERING on the locked holiday hire car, Ben Gander yelled at his wife to open up and let him hold their little daughter. But as a deranged victim of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the young father did not just want a cuddle.

Crikey! A new suspect? Or is Mr Gander sign as every parent should – showing how much they care? As the Sun said in a front-page headline: “We Share Your Pain.”

Mr Gander realised he was mentally unwell. What of those others who emoted about Our Maddie in a public display of grief, those who sought to use the story to promote their vested interest? They did nothing help to solve the case nor enlarge any debate on missing children?  The McCanns’ loss is a nationalised trauma.

Mr Gander:

He believed that only by touching baby Freya would he prevent her disappearing like Madeleine McCann, who had vanished three months before the Ganders’ trip to France in 2007.

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Posted: 3rd, July 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comments (2)


Madeleine McCann Was Tagged In Liverpool

cipriano-amaralMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Goncalo Amaral accused and tagging Our Maddie…

The Sun: “Maddie cop torture rap”

THE disgraced ex-boss of the Madeleine McCann probe has been charged with torturing a witness in another missing child case.

Alípio Ribeiro, head of Portuguese CID?

No, its:

Goncalo Amaral, 49, is accused of punching and slapping Leandro Silva – who wants £430,000 compensation – during the 2004 hunt for Joana Cipriano, eight.

And this is now news because..? Amaral was accused by Cipriano in June 2007.

In February 2008, the Sun had more news:

“McCann slur cop in ‘torture cover up’”. Amaral is “tubby”. Amaral weighs “18 stone”. The Sun says Amaral is involved in what “many say is Portugal’s worst miscarriage of justice”

And what kind of a character is Cipriano?

Mum Leonor, 36, girlfriend of Leandro, was jailed for killing the girl in Figueira, Portugal, just miles from Praia da Luz where Maddie disappeared.

So Amaral has been accused. Nothing proven. And he has been charged in Portugal, you know, that backward country where the bungling cops operate…

Digital Journal: “Overuse of Madeleine McCann keywords an ‘oversight’”

The Liverpool Echo and Post news site have claimed they did not deliberately use keywords tagged as ‘madeleine mccann, madeleine mcgann, kate mcgann, kate mccann’ to non-related news stories and it was an ‘oversight.’

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Posted: 2nd, July 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment (1)


Police Let Madeleine McCann Suspect Go Free

maddie3MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – how detective let a new suspect go free…

We interrupt news on  Michael Jackson to return to the Third Summer of Maddie, in which the Sun reports that “Cops let Maddie suspect off hook”.

What suspect?

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Posted: 29th, June 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (3)


Michael Jackson Ends Hunt For Madeleine McCann

maddie-jacksonMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Case remains closed…

Portugal News Oneline tells readers: “Recent reports not enough to re-open Maddie case -Attorney General”

This was to be the Third Summer of Our Maddie, in which the story of the missing child would give the newspapers something to fall back on should Big Brother fail and a shark not be spotted off Bournemouth pier.

But Michael Jackson has died. Iran is broiling. Andy Murray is doing well. And as Sky News – live from LA tells us – it’s Tuesday so it must be Farrah Fawcett’s burial.

Portugal’s Attorney General has this week voiced its opinion that recent reports about British paedophile Raymond Hewlett, who was embroiled in the Madeleine McCann [sic] after it emerged the former convict had been staying in the Algarve at the time of her disappearance, were not strong enough to re-open the case.

Well, if there is no evidence…

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Posted: 27th, June 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (6)


Typhaine Taton Is France’s Madeleine McCann

typhaine-tatonMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Typhaine Taton is France’s Madeleine McCann…

IN France, five-year-old Typhaine Taton is this year’s Madeleine McCann.

Typhaine Taton disappeared without trace while walking with her mother in broad daylight in the northern French town of Maubeuge – and there’s still no sign of her.

Typhaine Taton is this year’s…

Everyone surely remembers the case of Madeleine McCann, the British girl who disappeared in May 2007, a couple of days short of her fourth birthday, while on holiday with her parents in Portugal.

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Posted: 26th, June 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (8)


Madeleine McCann Sniffer Dogs And Murder

mccann-dogsMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – sniffer dogs called in…

TO help readers best understand the case of “WIFE murder suspect Adrian Prout”, who “has promised to marry a divorcee as he waits to go on trial” the Sun and Mail couch his story with a dash of celebrity:

A sniffer dog which took part in the hunt for Madeleine McCann was also called in without success – Mail

A sniffer dog which took part in the hunt for missing tot Madeleine McCann was also called in without success Sun

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Posted: 25th, June 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (8)


Murder, Money And Madeleine McCann

MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – murder and money…

THE Sun continues the public line of enquiry that a new suspect is now sought. Or as the Sun puts it:

“Murder suspect link to Maddie.”

Murder. Maddie. Make the link. The Third Summer of Maddie is upon us and speculation is once more rife.

Tom Wells drops the bucket and pulls up:

A MURDER suspect was linked to the search for missing Madeleine McCann yesterday. Private detectives working for her parents Kate and Gerry want to quiz the man – who is being held in a British jail after being charged.

But investigators may be forced to wait until his case is dealt with by the courts. The man is believed to be on a list of seven drawn up by the McCanns’ expert team.

Only seven?

The Daily Star bring news that “MADDIE COP TOOK £100K”.
ONE of the first officers at the scene the night Madeleine McCann disappeared had £100,000 deposited in bank accounts soon after, it was claimed.

How soon after?

The policeman is being investigated by anti-corruption detectives, Portuguese TV station TVI reported…

The television station, which did not name the corporal under investigation, said several payments were made into two accounts in the officer’s name “shortly after Maddie’s disappearance”.

The copper says:

The TV channel said the policeman denied knowing anything about the money and suggested his name may have been used without his know-ledge to open the accounts…

Costa Lima, spokesman for the GNR, told newspaper 24 Horas: “We have not opened any investigation into any officer involved in the Maddie case, nor do we have knowledge of any other body investigating anyone.”

Such are the facts.

Posted: 22nd, June 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (5)


Detectives Identify Madeleine McCann Murderer

our-maddieMADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Raymond Hewlett’s alibi forgets and a new murder suspect…

Remember Raymond Hewlett, the “””Maddie paedo”””? Well, forget about him. There’s a new suspect. It’s the Third Summer of Maddie – If you whisper it, they will print it.

Sky News: Madeleine Hunt Targets Murder Suspect

Private detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann want to speak to a man who is currently on remand in a British jail, it has been revealed.

A hospital dweller and now a prisoner. These detectives always track down their man.

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Posted: 21st, June 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (13)


Madeleine McCann And Raymond Hewlett’s White Van

madeleine-mccann1MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Raymond Hewlett’s white van and James Bone Damman, and more jokes…

Daily Mirror: “MADDY’S MAN LIEPaedo’s story falling apart

Raymond Hewlett faces more questioning over missing Madeleine McCann

While all other papers lads with news of the “black out” of MPs expenses, the Labour Party-supporting Daily Mirror leads with news of Raymond Hewlett and Madeleine McCann. Such is the papers desire for, er, justice.

Pervert Raymond Hewlett’s lies were unravelling last night as he faced renewed questioning over missing Madeleine McCann.

What lies? Can the Mirror prove Hewlett has lied? What say the paper’s lawyers?

The convicted paedophile rekindled suspicion after it was revealed he tried to mislead detectives over the vehicle he was driving at the time the youngster vanished.

Which detectives – private or the police?

He claimed he only had one motor – a blue Dodge truck. And he said it was so distinctive that he could not have driven into Praia da Luz in May 2007 without being spotted. But now a former friend has dramatically come forward to say Hewlett was lying.

He actually owned a white Mercedes van at the time – similar to one seen parked near the McCanns’ apartment before Madeleine disappeared.

What white Mercedes seen parked near the McCanns’ apartment “before” Madeleine disappeared? And how soon before was it spotted there? The Mirror does not are to say.

As Sky news told us:

“One report suggests he was sitting in a small, white van. Police have got a good description of the man: about 5ft 8in tall, between 30 and 35, not Portuguese according to one of the witnesses, wearing a blue jacket and white trousers.”

The Telegraph added:

Mr Flack, a freelance engineer designer from Ilford in Essex, has a holiday home in Praia da Luz, near the McCann’s family’s apartment at the Ocean Club resort.

On either May 2 or 3 last year – the day Madeleine disappeared – he saw a man standing near a dirty white van, staring intently at the couple’s ground floor veranda.

He said he noticed that the man – aged between 25 and 35, tanned, medium height, with thick dark hair and fringe – was behaving oddly.

So back to 30-ish Hewlett, lionine-haired Hewlett and the white van…

Ex-Scots Guard Peter Verran, 46, decided to contact the Maddy inquiry team after being disturbed by Hewlett’s claims in our sister paper, the Sunday Mirror.

Mr Verran, who befriended Hewlett on a campsite in Morocco in June 2007, said: “He told me he owned a white Transit-type van before his blue Dodge truck. He said he’d swapped it for the Dodge in order to leave Portugal and travel to Morocco.

“The white van didn’t have enough room for the whole family, so he sold it to a pal who traded on the same market as him in Fuzeta, about 40 miles from Praia da Luz.”

The white van…

According to Mr Verran, Hewlett also said that he had driven from Portugal’s Algarve to Spain in the Mercedes van around the time Madeleine vanished. But Hewlett, who was living near Praia da Luz, insisted recently that he only had the Dodge truck.

So he had a rare white van, maybe. Does this mean Hewlett’s “lies are unravelling” as the Mirror stats?

A source close to the Maddy inquiry team said yesterday: “This new information could be very significant. Hewlett has repeatedly said that he could not have been at the scene without someone remembering his distinctive truck. But if he was driving a Mercedes van at the time, his reasoning is shot to pieces.”

So the detectives will now be able to try and track down this van, right? And get some evidence firstly of a crime having been committed and secondly of a suspect. In the meanwhile, it’s all speculation.

Meanwhile, in othe news, too many of our politicans are lying, cheating, grasping scumbags – something the Mirror missed…

Update – Times:

The FBI last night squelched the claim by a Michigan man that he was the victim of an infamous child abduction on New York’s Long Island more than half a century ago.

The FBI said that DNA tests proved that John Barnes was not Steven Damman, the two-year-old child snatched outside a grocery shop on the afternoon of Hallowe’en 1955 while he waited with his little sister Pamela for their mother buy a loaf of bread…

Steven Damman’s disappearance was the Madeleine McCann case of its day, sparking front-page headlines and a nationwide search for the missing boy.

Sometimes these things never end…



Posted: 19th, June 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (25)