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The 6 to 8 Cleaners, White Van, The Gardeners & The Handyman.
« on: January 28, 2014, 02:13:10 PM »
15th March 2013

Mirror

New Maddy hope: Cops in hunt for six British cleaners working in Portugal when she vanished

A property owner claims detectives investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance have asked four times about the cleaners

Police searching for Madeleine McCann are trying to trace six British cleaners working in Portugal when she vanished.

The group were said to have been in Praia da Luz when Madeleine disappeared from the holiday complex her family were staying at in 2007.

One property owner claims detectives investigating her disappearance asked four times about the cleaners working in Portugal.

The officers became aware of the six to eight British workers, said to have used a white van, after going over evidence from the original Portuguese investigation.

Now they are asking owners whose properties overlook the apartment where Madeleine stayed for information about the group.

One property owner had a letter from Scotland Yard which says officers are checking who was in the flats at the time.

A Met Police spokesman said speaking to individuals was part of its review, adding: “Officers are reviewing all of the material in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

“This is routine procedure as part of the ongoing review.”

Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared in the Algarve as her parents dined at a tapas restaurant nearby.

Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have campaigned tirelessly since to trace their daughter.

They battled for a review by the Metropolitan Police, which has now been under way for more than 18 months.

The McCanns hope this will lead to Portuguese authorities reopening their inquiries.

Madeleine would now be nine.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/missing-madeleine-mccann-police-looking-1764816

« Last Edit: January 28, 2014, 07:26:03 PM by Wonderfulspam »
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Re: The 6 Cleaners
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 02:19:01 PM »

15th March 2013

Daily Mail

New lead in hunt for Madeleine McCann: Police look for team of British cleaners in white van who were working in resort

•Apartment owners have been asked about six to eight cleaners with van

•Cleaners advertised on cards in Portuguese supermarkets nearby

•New line of enquiry comes as UK detectives review missing girl's case


Detectives investigating the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann believe a team of British cleaners may hold the key to her whereabouts.

Owners of apartments in the Portuguese holiday complex where Maddie and her family were staying when she vanished in 2007 have been asked about cleaners in the area who had a white van.

One property owner said police told him they are looking for a group of six to eight British cleaners who drove around the Praia da Luz area in a white van, working in holiday apartments.

It is the first time the cleaning team has been been mentioned since the hunt for missing Maddie, who was three when she went missing on a family holiday to Portgual, began.

The new line of inquiry came from British officers reviewing all the evidence as part of Operation Grange.
Detectives working to establish who was in the Praia da Luz holiday apartments at the time have asked property owners repeatedly if they had seen a team of British cleaners working there.

One apartment owner called police after he received a letter from them saying they were checking who was in the flats at the time.

He told The Sun: 'The officer said it had been drawn to their attention there were British people that cleaned the apartments who they needed to speak to.

'They said "Who are the British cleaners that are cleaning the apartments in a white van?"'

'They were very interested in who'd have access to those apartments.'

The owner said police asked him about the cleaners four times, and led him to believe that they were looking for six to eight British men or women.

He said that usually the Ocean Club resort's own cleaners worked in the apartments, but several property owners used cheaper British cleaners, who advertised on cards in the local supermarkets.

The new lead is not believed to have come from Portuguese police, but possibly from information gathered during interviews conducted by British police.

A white van has been mentioned in connection with Madeleine's disappearance before, but this is the first time a team of British cleaners has come up.

Three years ago a Portuguese man told police he'd seen a girl he believed to be the missing three-year-old in the back of a white van near her holiday resort.

He said there were a couple of people whom he believed to be gypsies by the van.

A separate report to Portuguese police mentioned a white van and a young, dark-haired man, who was staring at the holiday apartments the McCanns had been staying in.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman told MailOnline: 'Officers are reviewing all of the material in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

'This is routine procedure as part of the ongoing review.'

Operation Grange was set up by the Metropolitan Police two years ago at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron following a plea by Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leicestershire.

In May it will be six years since Madeleine disappeared from the Portuguese holiday resort.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293759/Madeleine-McCann-hunt-Operation-Grange-officers-look-cleaners-white-van.html



16th March 2013

The Sun

Maddie: Hunt for 6 Brit cleaners

Cops' new lead

COPS investigating the Madeleine McCann case are trying to trace six British cleaners working in Portugal when she disappeared.
The group were based in Praia da Luz when Madeleine, then just three, vanished from her family’s holiday complex in 2007.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4842474/New-Madeleine-McCann-lead-as-police-hunt-for-six-Brit-cleaners.html
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Re: The 6 Cleaners & The White Van, Gardeners & Handymen.
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 07:07:31 PM »
18th May 2013

Daily Mail

Scotland Yard hunt six British cleaners driving a white van in search for missing Maddie

British cleaners and Portuguese manual workers are among new suspects

Many suspects worked at the complex where the three-year-old was staying

Scotland Yard have conducted a review of the Portuguese inquiry

Sources said ‘low-level’ workers have become the focus of interest


British cleaners and Portuguese manual workers are among new suspects in the Madeleine McCann investigation, The Mail on Sunday has learned.

Scotland Yard identified what they describe as ‘people of interest’ during a review of the Portuguese inquiry into the three-year-old’s disappearance in May, 2007.

The suspects are thought to number 12 – not 20 as has been reported – and include a number of British cleaners who were working near the apartment complex where Madeleine, twin siblings Sean and Amelie and parents Gerry and Kate were staying.

Sources said ‘low-level’ workers – handymen, cleaners and gardeners – have become the focus of interest. Some are thought to have been employed by the Ocean Club complex on a casual basis and may have already been interviewed.

Police are said to be keen to trace six British cleaners who were working in Praia da Luz when Madeleine vanished and who didn’t appear in the Portuguese files.
They are said to have used a white van and went from apartment to apartment offering their services, chiefly concentrating on expats.

A source said: ‘There is quite a culture of people drifting from door to door offering services from everything from your garden to your roof or windows.’

As well as the manual workers there are a number of more obvious suspects who already appear in the Portuguese files but who British police feel haven’t been ‘bottomed out’ properly and therefore warrant further investigation.

‘There are a lot of people who could be explored further, if only to be eliminated,’ said Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell, head of Scotland Yard’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command.

However officers face having to break down Portuguese resistance to re-opening the inquiry.
Officials in Lisbon say they can reopen the case only if there is new evidence. But it has been claimed that the new leads could, if properly explored, result in new evidence and possibly solve the Madeleine mystery.

Detectives examining the Portuguese files were alarmed that the original inquiry had not traced and interviewed all the staff and holidaymakers who were at the Ocean Club when Madeleine went missing.

Last year the Met said that it had identified 195 fresh leads that should have been investigated either by conducting further witness interviews, eliminating suspects or carrying out forensic tests that were missing from the 2007 inquiry.

Officers found unexplained gaps in the investigation timeline and that there had been a complete lack of forensic examination of mobile phone activity in the area on the night Madeleine disappeared.

Mr Campbell said it was ‘perfectly probable’ that information which could identify the suspect responsible for Madeleine’s disappearance was already in the Portuguese files.

He reiterated a claim that Madeleine could still be alive. He said: ‘You only have to look at the case in Cleveland, Ohio, and the European cases. Of course there is a possibility she is alive. But the key is to investigate the case and, alive or dead, we should be able to try and discern what happened.’

The McCanns, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have been kept closely informed of Scotland Yard’s review – codenamed Operation Grange – over the past two years.

A spokesman for the couple said: ‘They have been encouraged from the moment the review started and are now greatly encouraged that police have drawn up a short list of people who they believe are of interest to the inquiry.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2326738/Madeline-McCann-Scotland-Yard-hunt-British-cleaners-driving-white-van-search-missing-girl.html
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Re: The 6 Cleaners & The White Van, Gardeners & Handymen.
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2014, 07:10:56 PM »

19th May 2013

The Telegraph.

Police hunt six British cleaners in search for Madeleine McCann

Police are hunting for six British cleaners driving a white van who were working near the apartment complex where missing Madeleine McCann and her family were staying.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/10066822/Police-hunt-six-British-cleaners-in-search-for-Madeleine-McCann.html
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