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David Reid
« on: March 25, 2014, 11:05:18 PM »
25th March 2014

Daily Mirror

Madeleine McCann clue: British paedo was on the loose when Maddie disappeared
Mirror investigation reveals that sicko David Reid was hiding in the Algarve at the time Madeleine McCann was snatched from Praia da Luz

A British paedophile jailed in the UK for sick sex attacks on children was hiding out on the Algarve when Madeleine McCann vanished.

David Reid fled his home and moved near Praia da Luz where she was snatched in 2007.

One of Reid’s victims had warned the pervert would not be able to contain his sick urges if allowed anywhere near children and could strike again.

The paedophile was hiding out on the Algarve at the time Madeleine McCann was snatched from Praia da Luz in 2007.

He had fled his home in Northern Ireland in a bid to hide his sordid past after being jailed for sexually abusing a string of young girls and a boy.

Speaking in 2006, one of his victims ­chillingly warned: “He’s a paedophile who will offend again. It’s part of his being. He’ll never change.

“Get your kids and family away from him. Never put temptation in front of him. He just won’t be able to resist it.”

Reid moved to the seaside resort of Carvoeiro, 30 miles from Praia da Luz, in 2004 after being freed from jail.

The same year the sleepy town was targeted by a lone child sex attacker who broke into apartments belonging to British holidaymakers, often abusing young girls in their beds.

Reid was completely unmonitored by the authorities while in Portugal because he was released from prison before the Sex Offenders’ Register was set up.

Three years after he settled in the Algarve, three-year-old Madeleine disappeared as her parents Kate and Gerry ate nearby with a group friends.

Carvoeiro is one of three resorts, including Praia da Luz, targeted by a prowling paedophile who is suspected of abusing five youngsters, aged seven to 10.

The sex attacks happened between 2004 and 2006 while the break-ins were reported up to 2010. Police believe they are likely to be linked to Madeleine’s disappearance.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is spearheading the new UK police search for the missing youngster, said the sex attacks in Carvoeiro were at the “high end” in terms of seriousness.

The officer added that the man they are hunting “has a very unhealthy interest in young, white girls who he attacks whilst they are on holiday in their beds”.

Reid’s girl victims in the UK were white. The pervert died last year of cancer at the age of 61 or 62, according to locals in Carvoeiro – where he had been attacked in a bar after his sick past was exposed.

In most of the cases, as with the Madeleine kidnap, there was no sign of a forced entry and nothing was taken.

And in six of the 12 incidents the man sat on the children’s beds. In four he went on to commit serious sexual assaults. Most of the break-ins occurred in the off season when Reid was in the area.

The attacks took place within a 37-mile radius of Praia da Luz. Witnesses said the suspect smelt of smoke, was tanned and had dark hair. Reid was a chain smoker with dark hair who was tanned.

It is believed he could be on a list of 38 potential suspects currently being probed by British police. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “No comment can be made on this ongoing investigation.”

Vile Reid got three years in 1995 for indecent assault and gross ­indecency in Belfast. After fleeing to Carvoeiro, which is popular with British ex-pats, he took up casual bar work and became a singer.

One local said residents had no idea about his perverted past and he was well-liked.

The former bar worker said: “He auditioned in England to come over to Portugal and work full time as the in-house musician at one bar. When he arrived in 2004 there was no ­suggestion of his past history at all and he made sure not to mention it.

“He was brought over and worked ­weekdays and weekends, hosting events at the singalongs. He was a good guitarist, and seemed like a good guy.” While keeping his vile past a closely guarded secret, Reid worked in several bars and became a popular member of the ex-pat community, mixing with the locals using his chatty, easy-going manner. He made his live act a hit in the town.

His lack of police ­monitoring meant he could roam the area without arousing suspicion. When a Mirror reporter recently questioned local police, an officer denied any knowledge of the sex attacker, despite him living just five minutes’ walk from their headquarters.

But Reid’s history finally caught up with him in 2006 when news of his convictions broke amongst the ex-pats. He suddenly became an outcast, with only the regulars at one bar willing to mix with him.

One ex-pat, who asked not to be named, said: “When everyone found out what had happened there was a lot of anger in Carvoeiro.

 “But they kept him on at the bar, even after they knew what he’d done. The bar started losing business. The takings went down because nobody wanted to go in and watch a paedophile play guitar and try to entertain people. Nobody was interested. They allowed him to keep his job for two weeks before someone went in and attacked him. He was playing one night sitting in the corner when someone came in and punched him off his bar stool.

“That was when they finally let him go.” Reid then worked as a part-time builder, living in a small house on a cliff-top overlooking the resort. Hoping the outrage over his past crimes would have died down, his bosses at the bar hired him again, months later.

But it was the same story in the tight-knit ex-pat community, and people refused to drink in a bar hosting the pervert. He was again axed.

The Mirror’s findings raise questions about whether Reid associated with groups of other ­paedophiles on the Algarve around the time Madeleine vanished.

Portuguese authorities may now conduct further inquiries to establish Reid’s movements around the time of her disappearance.

He is believed to have died from an undiagnosed cancer after collapsing at his home in August.

But his family last night said they were not aware of his death.

The Madeleine investigation took a new turn last week when DCI Redwood revealed the lone prowling paedophile link on BBC’s Crimewatch last week.

But blundering Portuguese police had failed to consider the prolific pervert as a suspect in the hunt for the youngster because the attacks were spread out across the Algarve.

Officers working on Operation Grange – a review into the Madeleine case – are in possession of the DNA of the intruder following one of his attacks.
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Re: David Reid
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26th March 2014

Daily Mail

Convicted British paedophile revealed to have been living close to Portuguese resort when Madeleine McCann was abducted

Convicted paedophile David Reid lived in the area at the time of abduction
He moved to Algarve resort in 2004 after being freed from jail in Britain

After this, a man broke into holiday homes and abused five British girls
A tanned, dark-haired man suspected of child sex assaults from 2004-2006
Madeleine McCann, aged three, was taken from Praia da Luz in May 2007

Police say paedophile is suspected of committing 12 break-ins in Algarve

Four were in Carvoeiro, six in the Vale da Parra, and two in Praia da Luz

A convicted British paedophile was living in the same area on the Portuguese coast at the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance seven years ago, it has been revealed.
David Reid moved to Carvoeiro on the Algarve in 2004, after he was released from prison for sexually abusing young girls.
He was still living in the area  in 2007, when three-year-old Maddie was snatched from her family's holiday apartment while her parents were having dinner nearby.
The same year Reid arrived on the Algarve, several British families on holiday suffered break-ins and five young girls were abused in their beds.

Chillingly, just months before Maddie McCann's disappearance, one of his victims had warned that Reid remained a threat to young girls and would offend again.
'It's part of his being. He'll never change,' the victim said, according to The Mirror.
'Get your kids and your family away from him, Never out temptation in front of him. He just won't be able to resist it.

Reid, from Northern Ireland, was living just 30 miles from Praia da Luz, the holiday resort where the McCann family were staying, in 2007.
He was convicted and jailed for gross indecency and indecent assault in Belfast in 1995, but was able to move freely and unmonitored in Portugal as the sex offenders' register was not set up at the time of his release.

According to locals in Carvoeiro, Reid died last year aged 61 or 62, but his family in Britain has not been informed of his death, The Mirror reports.
The police investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann took a step forward last week when detective announced that they are looking for a prolific paedophile who sexually abused five girls at holiday homes in the Algarve before the British toddler went missing.
The man, described as tanned, dark-haired and speaking English with an accent,  is suspected of breaking into holiday properties where British families were staying and sexually abusing five white British girls aged between seven and ten,

The sex attacks took place between 2004-2006, shortly before Madeleine vanished in 2007, and are among a series of 12 break-ins to holiday homes in the Algarve that police believe were committed by the same man.
In six of the break-ins, the man sat on or got into bed with young girls.  On one occasion, he abused two young girls in the same villa.
Two of the attacks were in the resort of Praia da Luz, where Madeleine was staying in a holiday apartment with her family when she was taken.
There were also four in Carvoeiro, where Reid was living, and six in the Vale da Parra, Praia da Gale district.

Most of the attacks took place in low season, police said.

They had previously been discounted by Portuguese investigators because they are spread over a wide geographical area and there were no apparent attempts at abduction.
Nine of the 12 incidents were reported to Portuguese police at the time they happened, and details of three of those became known to British investigators only after they made televised appeals last autumn.
Witnesses describe the man as having dark, tanned skin with short dark unkempt hair. He spoke in English with a foreign accent, his voice was described as slow, or possibly slurred.
He was sometimes bare chested, some describe him as having a pot belly, and three victims said that he had a noticeable odour.

On two occasions in Vale de Parra and Praia da Gale he was wearing a distinctive burgundy long sleeve top, on one of those occasions it was described as having a white circle on the back.
DCI Redwood said: 'This is an offender who has got a very, very unhealthy interest in young, white, female children whom he is attacking whilst they are on holiday in their beds.'
Police said the suspect may have been in the villa or looking round the villa for some time before committing the offences or being disturbed either by a parent, or the child waking up, and said he remained calm, even when disturbed.

 On two occasions, they said, the noise of a bin collection lorry could be heard nearby.

DCI Redwood said today that tracing the man is one of his priority lines of inquiry.
He said: 'We need to establish the identity of this man - these offences are very serious and no-one has been charged in connection with them.' 

He said some of the offences were previously known about, but three of them, including what is believed to be the first in the series of 12 break-ins, were new reports to police and came about as a result of their appeal for more information last October.

Mr Redwood's team currently have 38 people classed as 'persons of interest' to the inquiry, and are also sifting through details of 530 known sex offenders whose whereabouts they cannot account for.
Of those 59 are classed as high priority, and some of those are British.
British investigators have so far sent three international letters of request to Portuguese authorities over the investigation, covering 41 priority areas for the team, involving 287 separate requests.

 Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt showed his anger at the slow pace of the legal process, saying: 'That's causing us frustration because we know what we want to do and we are ready to go with that. But the process is the process.'
Another 30 letters have been written to other European countries, but the force would not reveal where.
Madeleine, who was then nearly four, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 2007 as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant with friends.

 British detectives launched a fresh investigation into the youngster's disappearance in July last year - two years into a review of the case - and made renewed appeals on television in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.

 After shelving their inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance in 2008, Portuguese authorities said last October that a review had uncovered enough new information to justify reopening it.
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Re: David Reid
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2014, 10:43:27 PM »
Articles from the archives:

??? News of the World (no longer online)

By Gemma Craven
?? November 2006

Paedo working as singer in holiday bar "The Round-Up Saloon" Carvoeiro, near Albufeira, Portugal

EVIL dad David Reid belts out the words to a Bob Marley song: "Don't worry about a thing...every little thing gonna be all right".

Last week the News of the World issued an alert for vile Reid after they reported how he had abused his own children, sisters Mandy, Julie, Joanne and Sheree and their brother David over a period of 16 years.

With astonishing courage they overcame adversity to counsel other young victims.

The brave victims backed our Sarah's Law crusade to give parents the right to know if convicted paedophiles are living in their area.

So BEWARE if you are planning a holiday in Portugal with your kids, Reid is living a cushy life in a family resort ithere.

Holidaymakers and ex-pats in the small town of Carvoeiro, near Albufeira, are unaware of the sordid past of the crooner they know affectionately as Irish Dave.

Warped Reid, who was jailed for three years for indecent assaults and gross indecency, has the run of the town because he came out of prison BEFORE the Sex Offenders' Register was launched and does not have to register his whereabouts.

The Belfast-born joiner does the occasional day's work on local building sites but spends most mornings in bed and sunny afternoons on his balcony overlooking the ocean.

He is a regular at popular local pubs The Round-Up Saloon and Jailhouse where he plays guitar and sings country and reggae favourites.

On nights off from gigs he befriends expats and tourists over cigarettes and beer at the neon-lit town centre bars that pull in punters with happy hours and karaoke.

This area is home to hundreds of British expats and thousands of tourists flock to the town every year with young children.

The chain-smoking Ulsterman lives alone in a first-floor apartment on a stunning clifftop above a sandy cove called Paradise Beach.

One local said: "It's packed in the summer when the weather's good and the children are on school holidays.

"Convicted paedophiles like him will have temptation in front of them every day at the height of the season."

But Reid, 56, insists: "I'm not a menace to anyone any more. That's all in the past. I just want to get on with my life here and be left alone."

Chillingly he refuses to accept the full gravity of his crimes. "I never touched any of my kids," he claims.


"I exposed myself to them—and only to the girls, not my boy.

"I still can't find any explanation for what I did but maybe it was the alcohol. I'd like to contact my kids and tell them I'm sorry for what I did but I just can't find the strength.

"I want to stay here in Portugal. I don't want to be on the run all my life."

But his failure to admit he assaulted his children just adds to their never-ending pain.

Mandy, speaking on behalf of the family, said: "We are glad the News of the World has exposed his whereabouts so families travelling there will know what sort of person he is.

"It makes it easier for us to know he is nowhere near us.

"For years our father has destroyed us. He continues to get on with his life forgetting the crimes against us, his own children.

"It is so frustrating as he continues to play down the seriousness of what he has done. This is a classic case of a typical paedophile denial.

"These men think of nothing but themselves and are a danger to society.

"It shows that a change in the law is needed imminently."
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Re: David Reid
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2014, 10:46:34 PM »

The People (paper edition)



May 6, 2007

EVIL perverts from an international paedophile ring feared to have snatched and killed an 11-year-old boy are at large in Portugal.

And the country was rocked by a high-profile celebrity paedophiles scandal three years ago.

The Depraved Wonderland Club had members in 13 countries, who filmed themselves abusing kiddies and shared the snaps around. One victim of the Club is thought to be Portuguese schoolboy Rui Pedro Mendonca, 11.

He was abducted after walking home from school in Lousada in 1998 and has not been seen since.

Rui is thought to have have got into a car with a 22-year-old man called Alfonso.

Police believe he was videoed being abused and then murdered.

Wonderland Club sex beasts shared 750,000 pictures of abuse of 1,200 kiddies. Men had to provide 10,000 images of child abuse before they could join.

In 2004 a Portuguese ex-cabinet minister, an MP, an ambassador and TV presenter were among ten men men arrested over sex abuse at a state orphanage. Two hundred men were questioned and it is feared many perverts escaped justice. A major child trafficker was also arrested in Portugal last year.

David Reid, 56, from Belfast, was working as a singer in Carvoeiro, a family resort on the Algarve.

Locals called him "Irish Dave" but knew nothing of his past. He was able to hide his paedophile past because it pre-dated the creation of the Sex Offenders' Register.

Reid went to Portugal after leaving Northern Ireland, where he abused five children for 16 years. He was jailed for three years for indecent assaults and gross indecency.

A 1960s child abuse cult, Children of God, also has a secret chapter in Portugal. Its American founder David Berg believed in free love and child sex.


UK website warns of alleged Algarve child-abuser

 Portugal News

IN ALGARVE · 03-05-2008

'Portugal Warning: 'Irish Dave' alive and well in Carvoeiro' is what reads at the bottom left hand corner of the website, as reported on Wednesday by Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã.

Nothing more than an exact transcript of what was reported by the News of The World in November 2006, this recent media coverage has nevertheless once again catapulted the Algarve to national attention for allegedly accommodating child abusers.

Back in 2006 News of the World reporters caught up with David Reid, otherwise known locally as 'Irish Dave', then a musician in a local popular hang-out 'The Round Up Saloon', sensationally announcing his whereabouts and, till then, unknown past.

The Portugal News spoke to Dave in 2006 after these reports rocked the sleepy village. He admitted 'revealing himself' to his daughters, but denied ever laying a finger on any of his three children, two girls and boy. He also told how he had served 18 months of a three-year prison sentence on charges of indecent assault and gross indecency, following complaints from his own children.

At the time he told The Portugal News, "I never sexually abused my children", he said. "I did wrong at home, very wrong. I exposed myself to my daughters and I paid the consequences. I did my time for this crime but I did not run and hide from it. I have no excuse for what I did. I have tried to understand why I did it and I still don't know. I am very sorry and I have lived with the guilt everyday for 22 years. But I never touched my son, and I am not a paedophile".

Claiming to have subsequently been victimised by locals he once considered he knew well, little more was seen or heard of 'Irish Dave' until this latest article under the headline 'Alert to avoid the Algarve' was published in Portugal's biggest selling newspaper, re-reporting the News of the World's initial interview and publishing imagery taken from

Whether 'Irish Dave' remained in Carvoeiro after the news exploded in 2006 is unknown, though no incident involving the man in question has been reported to date.

Well-liked and a popular performer, at the time Dave Reid vowed to face the local community if they would let him "live in peace" and even said he was "glad the skeletons are out of the closet".

As with most 'local gossip', the topic of 'Irish Dave' eventually faded within the Carvoeiro community, though the image of the Algarve as a family haven, for unrelated reasons, is now more questioned than ever.
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