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Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4155 on: December 20, 2014, 09:56:18 PM »
The law changed - witnesses are allowed to have a legal representative present, but with a limited capacity to intervene: they can just point out legal issues.

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Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4156 on: December 21, 2014, 07:34:11 PM »


 Mr and Mrs McCann paid tribute to Mr Redwood's work on the investigation into their daughter's disappearance.

In a statement, they said: "We would really like to thank Andy Redwood for his commitment to the search for Madeleine. We appreciate everything he has done and the great progress that has been made under his leadership.

"We are sure the investigation will continue in the same positive way under his successor DCI Wall.

"We don't think Andy could have done more for our family, especially for Madeleine."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/11275266/Detective-leading-hunt-for-Madeleine-McCann-steps-down.html
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Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4157 on: December 21, 2014, 07:41:14 PM »
Kate and Gerry McCann paid tribute to Andy Redwood for his commitment to uncovering the truth about what happened to Madeleine, who vanished in Portugal in 2007.

They spoke out as Scotland Yard confirmed that the 49-year-old Detective Chief Inspector is retiring and ­leaving the multi-million pound inquiry in two weeks.

    We appreciate everything he has done and the great progress made under his leadership

    The McCanns

The McCanns, who were informed about the decision before it was announced, said: “We don’t think he could have done more for our family, especially for Madeleine.

“We would really like to thank Andy Redwood for his commitment to the search for Madeleine. We appreciate everything he has done and the great progress made under his leadership. We are sure the investigation will continue in the same positive way.”
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/544303/Police-chief-leading-new-Madeleine-McCann-probe-retires
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Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4158 on: December 23, 2014, 11:49:06 AM »
Madeleine McCann: parents Kate and Gerry humbled by Christmas messages of support

By Ciaranfagan  |  Posted: December 23, 2014

Kate and Gerry McCann today spoke of the “humbling experience” of receiving hundreds of Christmas cards wishing them well in the search for their daughter, Madeleine.

The couple said their determination to continue the search in the new year had not lessened.

Madeleine, was three when she disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve in May 2007.

In a statement issued today, the Rothley couple said: “Once again we have been amazed this year by the support we continue to have for our search for Madeleine.

“Opening the hundreds of Christmas cards has once again been a truly humbling experience.

“The warmth, kindness and commitment to never forget has precipitated more than a few happy tears. Thank you.

“It’s hard to ignore that ‘here we are again’ feeling at this time of year, still with no idea where our daughter is or of what’s happened.

“What we can say is that our resolve to find out, as well as the hope which has always been present, has not lessened.

“In addition it’s very apparent that the determination of the Metropolitan Police remains steadfast, in spite of the persistent challenges they face.

“No matter where she is, Madeleine will, as always, be very much with us and our family this Christmas.

“Thank you for holding her in your hearts too.”

Earlier this year, British police officers travelled to the resort and conducted a 10-day search of open land near the holiday apartment.

The search yielded no trace of the youngster. However, the couple said the police activity had reinforced their belief Madeleine is still alive.

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Madeleine-McCann-parents-Kate-Gerry-humbled/story-25754718-detail/story.html
Smithman carrying a child in his arms checked his watch after passing the Smith family and the time was 10:03. Both are still unidentified 10 years later.

Offline Anna

Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4159 on: December 24, 2014, 08:13:47 AM »
Daily Mirror

Madeleine McCann's parents will leave her Christmas gifts in her untouched room

Dec 23, 2014 16:47
By Martin Fricker, Tracey Kandohla

Kate and Gerry McCann will leave gifts in her pink bedroom, as they have every year since she vanished aged three during a family holiday to the Algarve in 2007



The parents of Madeleine McCann have said she will be in their thoughts as they mark their eighth Christmas without her.

Kate and Gerry McCann will leave gifts in her pink bedroom, as they have every year since she vanished aged three during a family holiday to the Algarve in 2007.

The couple, both 46, said: “No matter where she is, Madeleine will, as always, be very much with us.”

They added: “Opening the hundreds of Christmas cards has once again been a truly humbling experience.

“The warmth, kindness and commitment to never forget has precipitated more than a few happy tears.”

Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, said the Metropolitan Police’s determination remained steadfast “despite persistent challenges.”

The couple said they cannot ignore that "here we are again" feeling during the festive season.

Scotland Yard's multi-million investigation into Maddie's disappearance has so far struggled to unearth any new clues.

The added: "Once again we have been amazed this year by the support we continue to have for our search for Madeleine."

It has been revealed Portugese Police snubbed a request by their British counterparts for crucial DNA in the case looking into her disappearance.

Repeated pleas by the Metropolitan Police for samples and fingerprints from four Portuguese men were denied as local police said it would be illegal.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccanns-parents-leave-christmas-4868548

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Offline Anna

« Last Edit: December 28, 2014, 01:53:04 AM by John »
“You should not honour men more than truth.”
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Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4161 on: January 06, 2015, 02:00:33 PM »
Mark Warner terminates their contract with Ocean Club resort in Luz.

www.miscarriageofjustice.co/index.php?topic=5875.msg209960#msg209960
« Last Edit: January 21, 2015, 02:42:23 PM by Admin »
A malicious prosecution for a crime which never existed. John Lamberton exposes egregious malfeasance by public officials.
The truth never changes with the passage of time.

Offline misty

Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4162 on: January 18, 2015, 01:54:58 AM »
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/552675/alibi-chef-Madeleine-McCann-Shane-Leighton?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daily-express-uk-news+%28Daily+Express+%3A%3A+UK+Feed%29Shane LeightonPH

Madeleine police check chef's alibi
A BRITON who allegedly claimed that he killed Madeleine McCann before knifing a woman is being investigated by police.




Shane Leighton, 22, is being held in a Portuguese prison, accused of stabbing Clara Corrigan 17 times last May.

During the attack, Clara, 39, alleges the trainee chef boasted that he killed three year- old Madeleine, who vanished on May 3, 2007, from Praia da Luz on the Algarve.

When he allegedly attacked Clara, Leighton was living with his grandparents, Sylvia and Barry Leighton, in Albuefeira, also on the Algarve.

Detectives have been checking his alibi, that he was a 15-year-old schoolboy in Britain when Madeleine vanished.

Officers have interviewed his father and spoken to the head teacher of his school in Lancing, near Worthing, West Sussex.

They sought school records to see if he was absent or on holiday.

As part of the inquiry they would also have sought his passport records. Sylvia Leighton said:

“We are aware that Scotland Yard officers have been looking into these allegations because of what the woman said.

“They are doing their job but we don’t think there is anything in this.

Shane wasn’t even in Portugal at the time Madeleine went missing.

There is no way he had anything to do with it.”

Clara, a single mother of three, from Liverpool, was staying in Albufeira last spring when she met Leighton.

She told police she fell asleep at his grandparents’ house but woke with him on top of her.

She said: “He shouted ‘I killed Madeleine McCann and I am going to kill you’.”

She suffered 17 knife wounds to her buttocks and lower back.

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Old news being rehashed as fresh news.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2015, 01:31:06 PM by John »

Offline misty

Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4163 on: January 18, 2015, 11:38:02 PM »



Taken from F/Book



Digging for Madeleine McCann

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Stephen D Birch plans to engadge directly with Prime Minister David Cameron via diplomatic channels for the release of Madeleine McCanns body !

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Mr Birch is still a man on a mission.
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Offline Anna

Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4164 on: January 27, 2015, 05:22:52 PM »
The Telegraph
By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter
26 Jan 2015

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/11078595/Madeleine-McCann-are-we-any-closer-to-knowing-the-truth.html


Madeleine McCann: are we any closer to knowing the truth?



After a new detective takes over the helm of the investigation, Gordon Rayner looks at the latest news on the truth about what happened to Madeleine McCann

 In the eight years since Madeleine McCann went missing from a holiday apartment in Portugal, myriad theories about what happened to her have taken root, but only one fact remains uncontested: that she was reported missing at 10.14pm on the evening of Thursday, May 3, 2007.

It was at that point, when police were called, that the clock started ticking on the biggest missing persons investigation for decades, a search which remains very much active to this day.

Facts, the hard currency of any police investigation, have proved almost uniquely elusive; every sighting, every timing and every witness statement has been disputed in the years that have elapsed since.

Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann quickly came under suspicion by Portuguese police, a development that the couple are certain meant vital clues were missed in the first hours and days after Madeleine’s disappearance.

Every possible theory has been explored since then: that Madeleine was abducted by a paedophile; that she was killed during a bungled burglary and her body dumped; that she was abducted by traffickers and sold to a childless couple; that she wandered out of the apartment and died in a tragic accident, and many more besides.

To date, however, not one shred of proof of what happened to Madeleine has been unearthed. The question of what happened to Madeleine would become not only a personal tragedy for the McCann family, but a national obsession in the UK and in Portugal.

Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, was on the penultimate day of her family holiday on the day she vanished. She had spent part of the day playing by the swimming pool in the Ocean Club resort, where the last known picture of her was taken at 2.29pm.

Reports of when she was last seen alive by independent witnesses vary, but she was still alive at around 6pm, when she and her parents went into their apartment at 5A Rua Dr Agostinho da Silva, where Madeleine and her two-year-old twin brother and sister were readied for bed.

The McCanns told police they put the children to bed at around 7pm, and that all three were asleep by 8.30pm, when they went for dinner at a tapas bar 50 yards across the pool from their apartment. There they met seven friends with whom they were on holiday.

 The McCanns say checks were made on their children every half-hour, sometimes by other members of the party, comprising Dr Russell O'Brien and Jane Tanner, from Exeter, Dr Matthew and Rachael Oldfield, from London, and David and Fiona Payne, from Leicester, together with Mrs Payne's mother Dianne Webster. Mrs Webster, however, reportedly told police that each couple was responsible for checking their own children.

Gerry McCann went to the apartment at 9.05pm, when all the children were sleeping soundly and Madeleine was still in her bed, he says.

The police in Portugal, however, have never accepted the McCanns’ evidence as undisputed. They initially regarded the McCanns as suspects, and believed the McCanns could have killed Madeleine any time after the last independent sighting of her at 6pm.

Dr Matthew Oldfield went into apartment 5A at 9.30pm, and noticed that Madeleine’s room seemed lighter than the others, as if the shutters had been partially opened. He could not be certain whether Madeleine was there.

Kate McCann was next to check on the children, at 10pm. She ran back to the restaurant moments later, saying Madeleine was missing. The McCanns and their friends made a quick search of the resort, but after finding no sign of Madeleine the police were called at 10.14pm.

The McCanns told police they had put Madeleine to bed with her pink comfort blanket and favourite soft toy, Cuddle Cat, and was wearing short-sleeved Marks & Spencer Eeyore pyjamas.

 Crucially, however, the apartment was not initially treated as a crime scene, meaning around 20 people went in and out before it was sealed off, contaminating potential evidence. Roadblocks were not put in place until 10am the next day, border guards were not informed for hours and Interpol did not put out a global missing persons alert for five days.

It meant that the most crucial time of any missing persons investigation – the first 24 hours – were largely squandered, and police have been trying to catch up ever since. Yet potentially key sightings and artists’ impressions of suspects were kept from the public for years.

Mary and Martin Smith, from Ireland, told police they saw a man carrying a child matching Madeleine’s description at around 10pm on Rua da Escola Primaria, 500 yards from the McCanns’ apartment. He was heading towards the beach, did not look like a tourist and did not seem comfortable carrying the child, they said.

Their evidence was compelling, but it was only in October 2013 that two e-fit images of the man, compiled by police from descriptions given by Mr and Mrs Smith, were released by Scotland Yard to coincide with a BBC Crimewatch reconstruction of Madeleine’s disappearance. He remains a suspect.

 There were also blind alleys. Jane Tanner, one of the tapas diners, told police that when she left the restaurant at 9.15pm to check on her own daughter, she saw a man carrying a small child, wearing pink pyjamas, in his arms.

For years afterwards, the mystery man would be a key suspect, if not the prime suspect, but in October 2013 the Metropolitan Police announced that a British holidaymaker who had been taking his daughter back to his apartment after picking her up from an evening crèche, had been identified as the man Miss Tanner had seen and ruled out of the inquiry.

 The first person to become an “arguido”, or official suspect, was Robert Murat, a local property consultant, whose home was searched 12 days after the disappearance. He was formally cleared of suspicion in 2008 and won £600,000 in libel damages from 11 British newspapers.

The Portuguese Police, however, were suspicious of the McCanns from the beginning, partly due to a clash of cultures. They could not believe that parents would leave their children unattended, and did not approve of the McCanns’ use of the media to raise the profile of the case, in a country where secrecy is the hallmark of all police investigations.

The arrival of two British sniffer dogs in Portugal in July 2007 only hardened that belief. One dog was trained to sniff out traces of human blood, the other was trained to sniff out the scent of dead bodies. Both dogs were taken to several locations connected to the investigation, and gave alerts only in apartment 5A. Later, the cadaver dog gave an alert inside a Renault car, hired by the McCanns 24 days after Madeleine went missing.

DNA tests on samples taken from the car proved inconclusive, but the Portuguese police wrongly told journalists they were a “100 per cent match” for Madeleine.

The Portuguese police came up with the theory that Madeleine had been killed by her parents by accident, possibly by being given an overdose of a sedative to make her sleep, that they had hidden the body, faked her abduction and then used the hire car weeks later to move her body to a burial location.

In early September 2007, according to Kate McCann, she was told by the Portuguese police that if she admitted that Madeleine had died in the apartment and she had hidden her body she might only serve a two-year sentence and Gerry McCann would not be charged at all. On September 7 the couple were both made arguidos.

Goncalo Amaral, the chief inspector who had been in charge of the case, resigned in 2008 to write a book alleging that Madeleine had died in an accident in the apartment and the McCanns had faked the abduction. The McCanns sued him for libel, with the court expected to make its decision late in 2014.

In July 2008 the Portuguese attorney general announced that the McCanns were no longer suspects and the investigation was closed. The McCanns hired private investigators to carry on the search, but it was not until May 2011 that Theresa May, the Home Secretary, announced that Scotland Yard would review the evidence in the case, which had until then been the responsibility of Leicestershire Police, working with the Portuguese authorities.

In July 2013 Operation Grange, the review of the available evidence, became a full-blown criminal inquiry, and Scotland Yard said it was concentrating on a “criminal act by a stranger”.

The Yard announced it was looking into possible links between Madeleine’s disappearance and bogus charity collectors who were knocking on doors in Praia da Luz at the time. Between 3.30pm and 5.30pm on the day in question there were four separate sightings of men who said they were collecting money for an orphanage. British detectives believe men whose photofits they released in 2013 may have been engaged in reconnaissance for a pre-planned abduction or for burglaries, in keeping with the theory that Madeleine may have been killed by a burglar she disturbed.

 Scotland Yard also said in 2013 it was eager to trace a blond-haired man who had been seen loitering in the area on April 30 and May 2, looking at apartment 1A. He was described as “ugly” with a spotty complexion and a large nose. Two blond-haired men were seen on the balcony of the empty apartment 5C, two doors from 5A, at 2.30pm on the day of the disappearance. Blond men were seen again near 5A at 4pm and 6pm that day, and at 11pm that night. Following the appeal on Crimewatch, the Portuguese police re-opened their own investigation.

Scotland Yard officers travelled to Portugal in 2014 to interview four suspects and carried out searches of the area around the apartment using ground-penetrating radar. One of the men who was interview has since been eliminated from the inquiry, but the other three men remain arguidos.

The British officers questioned them on suspicion of being part of a burglary gang that panicked after killing Madeleine during a bungled break-in. They all protested their innocence and were released without charge.

Another suspect was Euclides Monteiro, a convicted burglar with a drug habit, who had been sacked from the Ocean Club in 2006. Mobile phone tracking showed he had been in the area on the night of the disappearance, and police believe he may have been burgling apartments there to fund his drug addiction. He died in a tractor accident in 2009.

In March 2014 Scotland Yard announced that a lone intruder sexually assaulted five girls aged between seven and 10 in the Algarve between 2004 and 2006. The man, who has never been caught, was said to have a “very, very unhealthy interest” in young white girls.

The four incidents, one of which involved two girls, were among 12 in which men had entered holiday accommodation in the area, including two incidents in Praia da Luz. The force also said it was looking at 38 “people of interest” and were researching the backgrounds of 530 known sex offenders, including 59 regarded as high interest.

In December 2014 Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, the man who had led Operation Grange, retired and was replaced on Dec 22 by DCI Nicola Wall, who travelled to Portugal the same month to conduct further inquiries.

DCI Wall and her team interviewed seven suspects and four witnesses, but have not released any information about what they discovered, insisting they will not provide a "running commentary" on the case.

Kate and Gerry McCann remain convinced their daughter is alive and that they will one day be reunited. The hunt to find her continues.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/11078595/Madeleine-McCann-are-we-any-closer-to-knowing-the-truth.html
« Last Edit: January 31, 2015, 01:47:18 PM by John »
“You should not honour men more than truth.”
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Offline misty

Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4165 on: February 05, 2015, 08:22:54 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQcjm4un9gs
Digging for Madeleine McCann

4 hrs ·
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FINALLY - UK presenter Kev Baker from Truth Frequency Radio interviews Stephen D Birch who makes a direct plea to Robert Murat to exhume Madeleine McCanns remains.

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Well worth a listen as there is potentially a very important piece of previously unknown information disclosed.

Offline Carana

Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4166 on: February 06, 2015, 05:32:10 PM »
« Last Edit: February 06, 2015, 05:41:20 PM by Carana »

Offline John

Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4167 on: February 09, 2015, 12:41:04 PM »
I notice the Telegraph is so desperate for a story they are continually rehashing old comments and reposting them as new. The poor souls, there only is so much stuff they can invent! 

Must be lean pickings on the Algarve these days for hacks.

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/11078595/Madeleine-McCann-are-we-any-closer-to-knowing-the-truth.html
« Last Edit: February 09, 2015, 12:43:43 PM by John »
A malicious prosecution for a crime which never existed. John Lamberton exposes egregious malfeasance by public officials.
The truth never changes with the passage of time.

Online Wonderfulspam

Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4168 on: February 09, 2015, 01:09:12 PM »
I notice the Telegraph is so desperate for a story they are continually rehashing old comments and reposting them as new. The poor souls, there only is so much stuff they can invent! 

Must be lean pickings on the Algarve these days for hacks.

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/11078595/Madeleine-McCann-are-we-any-closer-to-knowing-the-truth.html

It appears the article is being edited/updated, hence it keeps appearing with a new date.
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Online Wonderfulspam

Re: Latest news on the search for Madeleine McCann
« Reply #4169 on: February 09, 2015, 01:15:35 PM »
It appears the article is being edited/updated, hence it keeps appearing with a new date.

It's got some links to old articles added.


Paedophile abducted Madeleine, police say

Fiona Govan in Praia da Luz and Andrew Alderson 12:01AM BST 06 May 2007

Trish Cameron, Mr McCann's sister, said on Friday that she received a telephone call from her brother, who was "hysterical and crying his eyes out".

She said: "They had put the kids to bed at 7pm and checked on them every half-hour as they had dinner nearby with the rest of the party. Gerry said the window was open, the shutters broken and the door, which had been locked, was hanging open."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1550732/Paedophile-abducted-Madeleine-police-say.html

LOL
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