A young girl resembling Madeleine McCann captured on CCTV film in a New Zealand shop is not the missing girl, police has said.
Officers in the country said they had identified the girl in the image, which was published in a series of British newspapers yesterday as a potential sighting of Madeleine.
A statement from New Zealand's National Police headquarters said: "Police have identified the child and family thought by a retail assistant to be missing British girl Madeleine McCann. She is not the missing British girl."
The CCTV footage was taken in a Dunedin shop in December 2007, and showed a child hand-in-hand with a stout man wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts.
Details of the incident were included among 2,000 pages of previously secret case documents held by Portuguese police which were released to British newspapers this week. They contain dozens of possible sightings of Madeleine after she disappeared from her family's holiday flat in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, in May 2007, just before her fourth birthday.
New Zealand police said previously they had investigated the Dunedin image, but were unable to get any further information.
Acting Southern Police District Commander Inspector Dave Campbell said he was not going to identify the girl in the picture.
He added: "New Zealand Police are mindful of the stress on the McCann family from possible sightings of their daughter worldwide."
Other leads in the newly-released Portuguese police dossier include a report of a small blonde girl being dragged along the road to Faro airport in the Algarve - an hour's drive from Praia da Luz - on the night Madeleine vanished.
Another details how a young girl who looked like the missing child was seen being held at gunpoint on a French motorway by a half-naked man in August 2008.
from The Press Association, 04.03.2010
A shop worker claimed she had seen the toddler just months after she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Portugal.
But Dunedin police have confirmed she is actually the child of another family.
Acting Southern Police District Commander Inspector Dave Campbell said police will not name the family, or provide any details of their identity.
"We ask that media outlets remove the image portraying the child and family from their coverage to protect the privacy of the family.
"New Zealand Police are mindful of the stress on the McCann family from possible sightings of their daughter worldwide," Inspector Campbell said.
Police say they will make no further comment. in Sky News