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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: Channel 4 Invite You To Watch Her Dead Body Emerge From The Ground

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.

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann Spotted In Turin



DID you see Madeleine McCann at the Europa League Final in Turin between Benfica (Portugal) and Sevilla (Spain)?

They did.


Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, dignified this utter balls with a statement:

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Posted: 20th, May 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews, Sports | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Unearthing Nothing But Pain And Media In Another Praia da Luz Summer

The e-fit of a man, as drawn from memory by British born DVD shop owner Simon Russell after being shown it by police last Saturday, in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Picture date: Wednesday, May 9, 2007. As the search for the missing girl entered its sixth day today, efforts to home in on her abductor stepped up a gear. Two "Cracker-style" criminal behaviour experts from the UK flew into the Algarve region yesterday to join Portuguese investigators working on the case.

The e-fit of a man, as drawn from memory by British born DVD shop owner Simon Russell after being shown it by police last Saturday, in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Picture date: Wednesday, May 9, 2007.


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.

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Posted: 10th, May 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Portuguese Police Protect The ‘Suspects’ From The Met

maddyMADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news today:

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…”

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Posted: 8th, May 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Police And Sources Are Digging With Emotion At Praia Da Luz

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at reporting on the missing child:

Daily Mirror (front page):





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.

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Posted: 5th, May 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

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:



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Neil Chandler & Tracey Kandohla report:

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

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Posted: 4th, May 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Seven Years Of Nothing But Waiting

MADELEINE McCann: As the anniversary of her vanishing looms, the Sun creates a splashy no-news story.


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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.”

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Posted: 1st, May 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: The Super Bock Theory

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.


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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:


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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?

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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…

Posted: 27th, April 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: £2m Becomes £20,000 And The ‘Prime Suspects’ Sought

MADELEINE McCann is back on the Daily Express’ front page.


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The Express:

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”?

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Posted: 23rd, April 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment

Chloe Campbell Is Australia’s Madeleine McCann

MADELEINE McCann: The Star has news of another Maddie:


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The Star’s sister paper, the Express, also had the story of the “Maddie lookalike taken from her bed”:

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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.

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Posted: 11th, April 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Daily Mirror Presents 2006 News of The World David Reid Story As Its Own Scoop

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. Today the Daily Mirror has a front-page scoop:





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

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Posted: 26th, March 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Police At War Over Euclides Monteiro, The Black African White Child Snatcher

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:




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Posted: 23rd, March 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Black Euclides Monteiro Is A Brown Moroccan And Other Facts

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

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Posted: 22nd, March 2014 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Attention Turns To The Foreign Sex Attacker Wearing What Could Be An Arsenal Shirt

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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.

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Posted: 19th, March 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (2)

Madeleine McCann: A Secret Dossier On Thieving Gypsies That An Anonymous Women Knows About



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.

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Posted: 23rd, February 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: All Eyes On The Dead Black Man

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. The Daily Star leads with the news “MADDIE COPS AT WAR”. Has the UK finally fallen out with Portugal, her oldest ally?




News is: “Porto police bungling hunt, say Brit tecs”.

Really? The sober and expert British police on Operation Grange say the Portuguese, with whom they are working closely, are fools?

Jerry Lawton never does mention who these tecs are:

Top brass are desperate to liaise with their foreign colleagues after it emerged they are chasing different suspects. UK detectives are worried an “us against them” scenario is developing, and it could hinder attempts to find the missing girl.

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Posted: 18th, February 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Three Years Later Portuguese Police Got A Call About An Intruder

PIERS Eady has a Madeleine McCann scoop in the Daily Mirror:

Madeleine McCann: Cops probing claims a kidnapper tried to snatch another British tot from holiday flat in Portugal

A British tot! Like the missing child… Go on…

A mum has told Scotland Yard how she chased an intruder away from her Algarve apartment after she found him heading towards her child’s cot

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Posted: 6th, February 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: When All Else Fails Get The Gypsies

MADELEINE McCann: A look at the missing child in the news.

The Sun: “Maddie hunt at 2 gypsy camps – Link to burglary theory”

This news of a link to a theory is an “EXCLUSIVE From DANIEL SANDERSON”, who in in Praia da Luz.

DETECTIVES searching for Madeleine McCann are probing a traveller site just a 15-minute drive from where she was snatched.


Scotland Yard cops are examining a theory she was taken to the rundown compound.

They are also looking at another site 30 miles west.

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Posted: 3rd, February 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Who Needs Keys To Force A Window?

MADELEINE McCANN: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news:

Two paper lead with news of ‘Our Maddie’.

The Daily Mirror says”Prime Suspects’ worked at the Praia a Luz resort. These prime suspects are prime suspects in burglaries. There is no evidence that they ever met with the child.




Davis Collins writes:

Three workers at the holiday complex where Madeleine McCann was last seen made an abnormally high number of calls “outside the resort” on the night she went missing. A police source said: “Unlike their colleagues who called each other as the search proceeded, the three made domestic calls to areas of no geographic interest to the search.”

And, er, that’s it. On the night of an abnormal event, people made a lot of calls to somewhere that this  police source says was irrelevant to the search.You need more facts?

Then turn to the Express:



Gerard Couzens and David Pilditchreport:

BRITISH detectives hunting Madeleine McCann’s abductor want to trawl through the bank records of three new suspects, it was claimed yesterday.

Claims by whom? The reporters says this was reported in the Correio da Manha.

The move raises fears Madeleine may have been snatched to order and sold by her kidnapper. It is alleged the suspects worked at the Ocean Club complex in the Algarve holiday resort of Praia da Luz where Madeleine’s family were staying. The three are thought to be behind a string of burglaries at the holiday complex before Madeleine went missing.

In other words: there is nothing new to report.

ITN expands the search

Nelson Rodrigues, a barman at the Ocean Club at the time the McCanns were staying there, told the Daily Mirror that there had been “quite a few” members of staff with keys to the rooms. “Reception staff, the cleaners, and the maintenance men could all get into rooms… I remember at the time things belonging to guests went missing now and then. Mobile phones, cash, anything valuable lying around.”

Phones. Cash. A four-year-old child. Make the link.

Rodrigues adds:

Waiters and barmen did not have access to keys.”

Sky News:

Former Ocean Club worker Nelson Rodrigues, told Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt that employees at the complex would have had the perfect opportunity to snatch a child.

He said: “Yes, you could suspect (them). The workers there know the shifts and the hours when people are at home or not at home. It’s waiters, barmen, people from maintenance, reception, the cleaners – it’s a lot of staff.”

So. Waiters and barmen do have keys or don’t have keys? And do burglars always use a key? Weren’t the shutters on the apartment from where Madeleine went missing moved? The Daily Telegraph continues to state:

On the night of Madeleine’s disappearance Mrs McCann, 39, a GP, made regular half-hourly checks on her children in their room. But when she returned to the ground floor apartment at 10pm, the door was open, the window had been forced and Madeleine was gone.

And the Times:

Mrs McCann was sure Madeleine had been abducted because the bedroom window was open and the security shutter was forced open…

And again the Times:

Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have claimed that the bedroom’s security shutter had been forced up and the window opened by the abductor almost six months ago.

And again the Times:

The window had been forced open and the door left ajar.

And the BBC still claims:

Her aunt Trish Cameron, who lives in Glasgow, said she felt certain her niece had been abducted. “They last checked at half past nine and they were all sound asleep, sleeping, windows shut, shutters shut. Kate went back at 10 o’clock to check. The front door was lying open, the window had been tampered with, the shutters had been jemmied open or whatever you call it and Madeleine was missing…”

And Kate McCann told Crimewatch last year – as reported in the Mirror:

“It was all quiet but it caught my eye that the children’s door was quite far open. As I was just drawing it over, it was like it had been caught by a draught and it just slammed shut. I opened it a bit, I kind of looked into the room and I guess I was looking at Madeleine’s bed and I couldn’t make her out… At that point the curtains, which were closed, kind of whooshed and I could see that the window had been pushed right open and the shutters were up.”

Such are the facts. 

Posted: 1st, February 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Secret Meetings, Three Non-Arrests And All Over By Lunch

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. Today ‘Maddie’ is on the front page of the Daily Mirror:


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The pictures and the news illustrates a “secret kidnap summit”. Yeah. Define “secret”. It’s as  – as if – the Mirror is presenting this as a scoop. The Mirror has more:

Madeleine McCann’s parents ‘on tenterhooks’ as Scotland Yard detectives fly to Portugal to arrest three suspects

We know this because a “source” – whose anonymity is pretty much the only secret thing about the story – says Gerry and Kate McCann are “anxious”. This “source” then explains the law and what is going on:

“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.

So. News of the arrests is based on the opinion of an unnamed “source”, not the police? What about the front-page headline of cops “flying in to arrest three suspects”?

After arriving in the Algarve yesterday the Yard team held a secret four-hour meeting with senior Portuguese officers and prosecutors. The discussions are believed to have centred on getting local officials to sanction the arrests and subsequent questioning.

Any more facts?

It has pin-pointed three men who are said to have been very close to the scene when three-year-old Maddie was snatched from her family’s holiday apartment at the resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007. The records also indicate the suspects, believed to be a burglary gang, made a high number of calls to each other in the hours following her abduction.

But what links this trio to the child? The Mirror turns to another unnamed source – because when a child is missing maintaing secrecy is of vital importance, right?

An insider said of yesterday’s talks: “It’s the first time the UK and Portuguese police have met since the request was made…The investigation is at a sensitive stage and it remains to be seen what action will be taken by the Portuguese police.”

The rest of the newspapers catch up:

Daily Mail: “Are Maddie police about to make three arrests?”

The Mail says the meeting was “important” and lasted “three hours“, not four. They then went for lunch.

The Irish Indy answers the Mail’s question: “UK police set to make arrests in McCann disappearance”

The Telegraph is more circumspect: “Madeleine McCann detectives arrive in Portugal to discuss possible arrests”

Such are the facts….

Posted: 29th, January 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Met Wants To Arrest 3 Burglars As Soon As The Portuguese Police Can Find Them



MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news. These are the first front-pages of 2014 to feature the tabloids’ ‘Our Maddie’.


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Both the Express and Mirror lea with news of impending arrests.

The Mirror:

Madeleine McCann cops to make first arrests: Three burglars who ‘made many phone calls’ after her disappearance wanted

What will they be arrested for?

The Crown Prosecution Service has sent an International Letter of Request to ­Portuguese police seeking permission to arrest the trio


The Met want to quiz three burglars who carried out raids in the Portuguese resort when the three-year-old vanished…They hope to speak to the thieves after mobile phone records showed the men made numerous calls to each other in the hours after she disappeared.

Have these men be id-ed?

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.”

Or as the Express puts it:

Madeleine: Police identify burglars as prime suspects after phone calls clue

Leading to:

THREE alleged burglars have been identified by Scotland Yard as potential major suspects in the hunt for Madeleine McCann.

There is no news.

Posted: 13th, January 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Three ‘Suspects’ And Meeting Harry Redknapp


MADELEINE McCANN: a look at the missing child in the news. The papers have news:

The Sun: “Gerry and Kate ban in ‘lie cop’ libel case”

This is the libel case against Goncalo Amaral, and his book The Truth of The Lie.

PARENTS Kate and Gerry McCann have been banned from giving evidence in their libel case against an ex-police chief who led the search for daughter Madeleine. The couple wanted to confront Goncalo Amaral when the case resumes in Portugal on Tuesday — and brand him a liar.

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Posted: 4th, January 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Bungling ‘Cops’, The Suspect Who Wasn’t And The Maddie Advent Calendar

THE Daily Mirror interrupts your holiday season to bring news of ‘Our Maddie’:

EXCLUSIVE – Madeleine McCann cops’ prime suspect blunder

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Posted: 27th, December 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: The UFO Spy Plane Theory

MADELEINE McCann: With no weather to report on, the Express returns to Our Maddie. Today’s front-page news is: “Spy Plane Clue to Maddy  Mystery.” Spy planes over the Algarve? Looking for what?


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The headline tells readers: “EXCLUSIVE: Nato spy plane ‘may have photographed Madeleine McCann abduction'”

A SPY plane on a Nato exercise may have captured an aerial image of the person who abducted Madeleine McCann, it was claimed last night.

James Murray has more:

A Portuguese military aircraft took photos of the Algarve coastline on the day the three-year-old dis­appeared, says British military expert Philip Burden.

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Posted: 15th, December 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Aktenzeichen XY…Ungelöst And The Christmas Lights



MADELEINE McCann: Not much news on the missing child. But what there is, is here:

Daily Express, December 1: “Germans give hope of clue in search for Madeleine McCann”


Detectives hunting for Madeleine McCann have been given information about two German or Dutch-speaking men seen acting suspiciously before she was kidnapped in Portugal.

The paper tells of “potentially strong leads”, which are much better than potentially weak leads.

The potentially strong leads came after Kate and Gerry McCann made a direct appeal on a German crime show, called Case Files XY…Unsolved, in October.

Good. All information can only help. Plenty of Dutch and German holidaymakers must have been in Portugal at the time.

In German, the show is called Aktenzeichen XY…Ungelöst. The show was trailed thus (translation via Google):

Maddie – the name went once in 2007 around the world. Here is one of the most puzzling crimes of modern times. Madeleine McCann was just three years old when she suddenly disappeared during a vacation. Her fate is unknown to this day. The desperate parents turn today along with Scotland Yard to the XY audience and ask: Who can help in the search for our daughter?

So. Scotland Yard organised the show.

The hope that her little daughter Madeleine but is not alive somewhere. Six years ago, the little night disappeared from a holiday resort in Portugal. To date, she is swallowed by the earth. The tireless parents ask today the XY audience for help. They are accompanied by Scotland Yard, which has re-opened the case and actually came to a new approach. gets the case Madeleine McCann after all these years still a positive spin?

And after that, we get, as ever, to watch the parents:

The bitter emotions of a seventh Christmas without her beloved Madeleine were evident on Kate’s face as she forced herself into the yuletide spirit for the sake of twins, Sean and Amelie. She joined thousands for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights in her home village, of Rothley, Leicestershire, on Thursday evening.

She smiled as children played on a bouncy castle and went on rides, but there were other moments when the pain of not having Madeleine there to share the early Christmas joy was clear to see. With a protective arm around the eight-year-old twins, Kate was cheered by warm words from friends and acquaintances who quietly support her.

ITV, November 29:

Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has suggested British and Portuguese police should join together as a team, in order to establish exactly what happened to missing Madeleine McCann.

After Portuguese authorities admitted last month there was enough new information to justify reopening the case, after shelving their own inquiry back in 2008, Commissioner Hogan-Howe said:

One thing we’d like to see in the future is a joint investigation team which comes under the European community. It is a possibility legally and we’re working together at a political level, at a police and judicial level, to see how we can construct that…

…So that’s what we’re trying to get; an agreement between the two governments and the two police services.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 10th, December 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment