10 October 2013

BBC Crimewatch: Trail leads to Germany?


Rudi Cerne, host of German Crimewatch show (left) and McCanns (right) 
meet in Birmingham (UK) | ZDF/Ollie Upton

Scotland Yard has approached Germany's ZDF's 'File Reference XY…Unsolved' show with a request for cooperation to broadcast BBC Crimewatch.

According to a newspaper report, the 'McCann/SY special' that is going to be broadcast by the German TV channel ZDF, in a show titled 'File Reference XY...Unsolved' [Aktenzeichen XY…ungelöst], an equivalent of UK's BBC's Crimewatch, the "trail" of the Scotland Yard investigation to the Maddie case "leads to Germany".

The German Crimewatch show will feature the mock-up 'reconstruction' that was filmed with actors in Spain in a village allegedly similar to Praia da Luz and the McCann couple, accompanied by a Scotland Yard officer - probably DCI Andy Redwood - being interviewed by Rudi Cerne, a former figure skater, at ZDF's studio in Munich.

The same article reports that it was the "exact analysis of the files" that brought new leads, and for "the first time a trail leads to Germany". In the programme, two e-fits of men are shown for the first time; they apparently "spoke German" and had not been in the focus of the investigation yet.

The Scotland Yard investigation continues on a screen near you.

Except in Portugal.



Videos

BBC, October 11, 2013
"We're not the ones who's done something wrong here, it's the person who's gone into that apartment and taken a little girl" Kate McCann


Met Police youtube account, October 11, 2013


Telegraph, October 13, 2013


Sky News, October 13, 2013

55 comments:

  1. What can you say, drip drip drip

    The plot thickens

    So is this another road to the dead Hewlett, or merely German speaking burglars

    Who either got in via the shutter & unlocked window\no evidence, or must have hid in the apartment ahead of Mr McCann's check and whilst he stood outside the rear unlocked patio doors.

    Or............... was Madeleine stolen away in the night, AFTER JTs sighting, AFTER MOs check and sighted by the Smith family.

    Can't get away from the timeline, nothing ever pans out.

    Meadow

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  2. ding ding ding

    You just won a wurst Meadow!

    Raymond 'patsy' Hewlett, was the correct answer.

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  3. Jo,
    I read your blog quite regularly. I only wish that I could now put something into words about all of this - about Redwood, about the UK media - but I can't. There's no amount of anger or diatribe that would suffice, and there's no amount of sober analysis that could compel change. We (the UK) are a banal, pitiful country whose institutions are populated by these grotesque Eichmann-like figures. Redwood.

    I am just utterly ashamed.

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  4. http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/10/10/new-image-suspect-be-released-madeleine-mccann-case

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  5. @3 No need to be ashamed, these people do not represent your country, if anything they will go down in history as infamous characters of a sordid case, a case that no longer has to do with the mysterious disappearance of a 3 year old child. This too shall pass, the media spins and spinners, the farcical appeals, the fake sightings, the mock-up reconstructions, the political pressures and spineless politicians. The facts of what happened will remain as the only truth that can't be ignored, even if justice isn't served.

    "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  6. Thanks for the reply....and such a beautiful line from Martin Luther King!

    (@3 !)

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  7. Ricardo Paiva report from court by Anne Guedes is now up http://miscarriageofjustice.co/index.php?topic=2585.0

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  8. Yes we are all ashamed in the UK about the way our media have been captured by and bent to the will of the McCann lobby. A once proud nation now reduced to being made to dance to their tune.

    The only thing I can say is that hardly anyone in the UK actually believes them.


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  9. For the love of God! Now we Germans are giving these murderers air time on national television because there's a brand new fairytaile about swarthy Germans! Nevermind Eddie and Keela on Youtube, reacting unmistakeably to blood and death scent in the McCreep$ apartment. Why the f- is this travesty possible??? Why is there no justice?

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  10. kate looks a shambles, her troseurs have shrunk and Gerry doesn't look that great either, His expression always looks like his got the smell of sea bass under his nose. I cant understand SY in all of this, they are definitely gonna pin the tail on the donkey somewhere and Hewitt cant defend himself.The yard must have been brainwashed.

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  11. Oh surely not the classic patsy... a dead paedophile! There had better be cast iron evidence!

    Why is all the carefully gathered evidence from the Portuguese police not being added into the mix? True, they concluded that there was not enough of it to come to a definite conclusion so, when they hit a brick wall and no more assistance was being offered, and key people decided to leave and take the bat home, they naturally shelved the case.

    In times of financial hardship millions of Euros and masses of man-hours of key Portuguese police resources had been put into the case and they had to call a halt. I think the Met should do the same, after spending millions more of UK taxpayers cash unless they have some genuine evidence that will be seen as evidence by those who need to evaluate it as such. Bring a halt to all the nonsense! It gets crazier and crazier.

    The final Portuguese report concluded that it was not even possible to say with 100% sureness what KIND of crime had committed, let alone by whom. The Met are NOT doing any new research of their own in Portugal, so this bloke must have come out of the files. It would be interesting to see how he was evaluated previously and discarded as irrelevant.There must be many such people.

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  12. Even from a first glimpse of the trailer you an see that the 'mock up reconstruction' is not even trying to stay close to the truth: notice the built-in wardrobe behind Maddy's bed? Wasn't it on the other wall to the right of the door (Garry even used to claim that the mysterious abductor might have hidden in the small space beteween the door and the wardrobe - that was before he noticed that the door opened into that space so he would have flattened the person hiding there)?

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  13. Joana Astro, it seems that the McCanns took part in a reconstruction in 5a. A photo on McCannfiles, both leaving the apartment. Could it be true? This could mean that they took part on the reconsruction. and it was not in Spain?

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  14. @13 those are actors, not the couple. See video above.

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  15. @13 The mock-up 'reconstruction' was filmed in Spain, some exterior scenes were filmed in Praia da Luz, like the aerial views seen above, a pretence, so people would believe that it was filmed in Praia da Luz. Smoke and mirrors.

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  16. I don't normally talk about kates dress sense ,but my god what a mess,and why the fu** are they grinning.do they still think they have got away with this,and the tapas gang,dont think you lot have been forgotton because you haven't.....

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  17. Martin Ney was a previous candidate for the patsy role. Except his interest was boys and his conviction as a killer would mean associating him with Madeleine's death. So I doubt he'll surface again

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  18. @3 - I feel EXACTLY the same as you.... words fail me. I genuinely would appreciate someone offering some kind of explanation as to WHY?... WHY? are they being so protected? I truly just do not get it.

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  19. Are we in title to keep any hope that the case will be soved?

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  20. Der Fall "Maddie" nimmt kein Ende. Nun wird auch in Deutschland nach dem am 03.05.2007 in einer Ferienanlage in Praia da Luz/Algarve verschwundenen britischen Mädchen gefahndet.
    Nachdem Scotland Yard die Ermittlungen wieder aufgenommen hat, sollen sowohl in Grossbritannien als auch in Deutschland und den Niederlanden Bilder von Verdächtigen veröffentlicht werden. In Deutschland wird sich die Sendung "XY Ungelöst" am Mittwoch, d. 16.10. um 20.15 Uhr mit dem bisher ungelösten Fall beschäftigen.
    Die damals 3jährige Madeleine McCann war aus ihrem Schlafzimmer verschwunden, als ihre Eltern mit Freunden zum Essen waren. In Portugal hat es um den Fall erhebliche Turbulenzen gegeben. Insbesondere ein Buch des damaligen polizeilichen Ermittlers Gonçalo Amaral "Die Wahrheit über die Lüge" beschäftigt die Justiz in Portugal immer noch. Gonçalo Amaral stellt darin die Vermutung auf, das die Eltern Schuld am Tod des Mädchens seien. Der von den McCanns geforderte gerichtliche Verbot des Buches wurde unter Hinweis auf die freie Meinungsäusserung, die selbstverständlich auch in Portugal gilt, zurückgewiesen. Zur Zeit läuft in Lissabon eine Klage der prozessfreudigen McCanns gegen Gonçalo Amaral, mit der sie 1,2 Millionen Euro Schmerzensgeld fordern. http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/maddie-polizei-will-phantombild-im-fall-madeleine-mccann-zeigen-a-927025.html

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  21. Briter: Hvorfor bruger politiet så meget tid på Maddie?

    Fredag d. 11. okt. 2013 kl. 13:02 af Astrid Søndberg, asso@tv2.dk for TV 2 Nyhederne

    LONDON: Hun ser næsten hjerteskærende sød ud. Lille tre-årige Madelaine McCann, der formentlig blev bortført i Praia da Luz i Portugal 3. maj 2007.

    En lille lyshåret pige, der er er blevet eftersøgt i 31 lande - en lille pige, der seks år efter sin forsvinden er målet i Operation Grange, hvor 37 efterforskere fra Scotland Yard lige nu er ved at endevende 39.148 sagsakter og dokumenter, som primært bunder i den portugisiske efterforskning, der blev lukket i 2008.

    De 37 er sat på sagen, efter at Scotland Yard brugte to år på at gennemse sagen - to års undersøgelser, der ifølge britiske medier løb op i mere end 40 millioner kroner.

    Men selvom lille Maddie igen har været på forsiderne af de britiske aviser i den forløbne uge, fordi politiet nu mener, at de kan identificere en potentiel gerningsmand, så er det ikke alle briter, der lige imponerede over udviklingen i sagen.

    Hvorfor lige dette barn?
    - Det er et eller andet galt. Der er noget helt galt i, at der sidder 37 af vores bedste efterforskere og bruger al deres tid på en sag, der er seks år gammel, siger en 47-årig far til to, som sammen med sine venner har fundet ly for Londons regn i pubben The Feather nær Westminster.

    Pubben ligger næsten lige overfor Scotland Yards hovedkvarter i hjertet af London, men ifølge tjenerne er stampublikumet ikke politifolk - det er offentligt ansatte og forretningsfolk.

    En traditionel engelsk pub med træ på væggene og fish'n'chips på menuen - et sted, hvor stamgæsterne gerne vil fortælle, hvordan de ser på verden.

    Begge forældre er veltalende læger
    - Der er jo også det, at hun i første omgang forsvandt, fordi forældrene gik fra hende. Hvem gør også det? Det er blevet så stor en sag, fordi der er tale om pæne middelklasseforældre. De er begge to læger, og de forstår at appellere til folk. Det var aldrig blevet så stor en sag, hvis der var tale om et barn fra arbejderklassen, siger den 47-årige mand, mens kammeraterne nikker og bakker ham op.

    Men selvom han og vennerne ikke har noget mod at fortælle, hvem de er, vil de ikke have deres navne sat i forbindelse med kritiken af politiets indsats.

    For alle synes jo, at den søde lille pige skal findes, og det er ikke populært at stå frem med forbehold i den forbindelse.

    En mulig mistænkt
    Alligevel regner pubgæsterne med, at de mandag skal se BBC's program Crimewatch, hvor forældrene Gerry og Kate McCann mandag står frem side om side med politiet i en ny appel til offentligheden.

    I samarbejde med forældrene og med fri tilgang til politiets efterforkning har BBC rekonstrueret den skæbnesvangre aften i Portugal - og i tillæg til filmen vil politiet vise et computermanipuleret billede af en person, der ifølge efterforskerne kan være en mulig mistænkt i sagen.

    Hvem, den nye mistænkte er, er ikke sluppet ud i medierne. Men de nye oplysninger bunder formentlig i teleoplysninger, og de britiske aviser gætter på, at der må have været en kendt kriminel i området

    http://nyhederne.tv2.dk/article.php/id-72064632:briter-hvorfor-bruger-politiet-s%C3%A5-meget-tid-p%C3%A5-maddie.html

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  22. Saturday October 12th 2013

    LORRAINE KELLY - 'The Sun'

    In today's Column, Lorraine Kelly has her usual 100% defence of Gerry & Kate, & her usual attack on those who doubt them.
    Lorraine seems to think that people dislike the McCann's for the sake of it - out of sheer, uncalled for bullying.

    She also claims that Gonçalo Amaral never looked for Madeleine, as he was 'too busy' writing his book about the 'Case'!

    She seems to know very little about it all - only what Gerry & Kate have told her! And - as always - she writes about Gerry & Kate
    as if they are victims, who have done nothing wrong, only for them to get picked on by 'bullies'. She is laughably naïve.

    Lorraine says:,

    "I pray e-fit helps find Madeleine

    In the years since she disappeared off the face of the earth, Madeleine McCann's parents have never given up hope.

    They have both been vilified and even found themselves accused of murdering their beloved child.

    Conspiracy theorists have taken to Twitter and other social networking sites to compare outlandish theories and inflict
    disgraceful attacks on Kate and Gerry.

    Somehow they have managed to endure all the foul trolls and hateful comments.

    I simply have no idea how they stay so strong and remain so positive that one day they will find their daughter and their
    fractured family will be repaired.

    This week their hopes were raised again with the news that Scotland Yard detectives plan to release an e-fit image of a possible
    suspect in Madeleine's abduction.

    Kate and Gerry will also be appearing on BBC's Crimewatch on Monday night to make a fresh appeal for information.

    I have met them both many times over the years and have always been struck by their dignity and gratitude to everyone
    who tried to help in the hunt for their daughter.

    I cannot even begin to imagine what they have been going through during the past six years.

    It must be the last thing they think about when they go to sleep and the first when they wake up in the morning. To go
    through life with that knot in your stomach, pain in your heart and never really having peace of mind is just too painful
    to bear. But bear it they must.

    They have to take care of their twins, Sean and Amelie.

    Right now, the McCann's are in the middle of a libel case against the Portuguese detective who devoted more energy to
    writing a book about the case than actually trying to find Madeleine.

    Pain

    He has made heinous accusations against Kate and Gerry.

    The claims have caused them enormous pain and distress - and spawned much of the ludicrous backlash against them both.

    If only the British coppers had been allowed to take charge of this investigation six years ago when the clues were still fresh.

    There would have been a real chance of finding out what happened to Madeleine.

    We can only hope that this latest development will bring about the reunion we are all praying for.

    And that one day Madeleine will be found and returned to the arms of her parents".

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  23. Maddie: Portuguese authorities already knew portrait robot

    Scotland Yard will release on Monday, the BBC, the picture of a possible suspect linked to Maddie case.
    McCann family has hope for a happy ending.

    Hugo Franco
    10:45 Saturday, October 12, 2013
    The disappearance of Madeleine McCann, in July 2007[?], again being investigated by the authorities. Scotland Yard will release a picture of a possible suspect, who has been near the place where the English girl slept in the Ocean Club resort in the Algarve.

    Judicial sources ensure that the PJ knew the image, released by the British during recent meetings with Portuguese police.

    Contacted by the Express, John McCann (brother of Gerry, Madeleine's father) is hopeful that the case can still have a happy ending.

    Read more in Saturday's edition of the Express.

    http://expresso.sapo.pt/maddie-autoridades-portuguesas-ja-conheciam-retrato-robo=f835206#ixzz2hVxRkTiW

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  24. The Mccanns have a new witness, they went to Germany, you should see the picture of them they look like two crooks. They trying to that Germany help them but Germany should not interfere with the Mccanns, they know that they have been lying, when German people go to Portugal on holiday they do like enjoying them self with their children they don't interfere with other people. Even in Britain the people been upset about Mccanns telling about a new story of a man watching the flat, people do stand on the street but that does not mean he is watching the flat. Most people in Britain believe in Mr Amaral, he speaks the truth but was not allowed to do the job. Mccanns always said they win the case, how do they know. This business is about Mr Amarals book that they say stopped people looking for Maddie, that is not true, people still looking but they do fed up now giving money and it is six years and they haven't found her, they never will, they know where she is you can see it on their face they always said she was a difficult child to look after her, now people think they are pleased she isn't there and they know where she is. All the people hope that one day the Portugal will bring the truth out. Mr Cameron and Mitchell should not interfere and let Portugal get on with their job and stop giving more money to the British police. The court should find out what they are saying in America about this case.

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  25. Just an observation - Nice to see Mrs. McCann at lease supporting a Portuguese shoe company - those are 'Fly London' sandals, wonder if she realises?

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  26. At the moment I'm thinking the whole charade is a rather sick joke. 'You can nat be seerius!' as MacEnroe said in another context. I would so like to be proved wrong, and there to be a positive outcome of all this.

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  27. The shots cops pray will nail Maddy's abductor: Crimewatch to air reconstruction of tennis match with parents

    By Lewis Panther
    12 Oct 2013 20:55

    The match, where Madeleine acted as ball girl, is one of the poignant scenes ­recreated by actors for ­Monday night's programme

    The innocent little girl dressed all in pink darts in front of the tennis net, collecting the balls for her loving parents.

    It is a tender moment from a perfect family holiday but, hours later, the three-year-old is snatched from her bed.

    The tennis game between Kate and Gerry McCann, with Madeleine acting as ball girl, is one of poignant scenes ­recreated by actors for ­Monday night's Crimewatch programme, reports the Sunday People.

    Police hoping the 25-minute reconstruction will catch the kidnapper are also to release e-fits of men seen in the Praia da Luz area of Portugal, where the McCanns were on holiday on May 3, 2007.

    Gerry believes a predator had been watching his family.

    Heartbroken Gerry and Kate, both 45, will be make a live appeal during the programme.

    They reveal how family get-­togethers and special days, such as Madeleine’s birthday on May 12, leave them distraught.

    Gerry said: “When it’s a special occasion, when you should be your happiest and Madeleine’s not there, that’s when it hits home.

    Kate said: “It’s when you have the big family occasions really – that’s basically it, it’s a family occasion, and you haven’t got your complete family.”

    Scotland Yard detectives and the McCanns helped a BBC production team put together the footage as part of the £5million review of the crime, which will also be shown in Germany and Holland.

    A Yard spokesman said the Crimewatch special will feature a number of e-fits of men police are keen to speak to. They were seen in the area on the day of Madeleine’s disappearance.

    Detectives have interviewed 442 people as part of the investigation and have identified 41 people as “of ­interest”, including 15 Brits.

    Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood said: “We sought from the beginning to draw everything back to zero then re-analyse and reassess everything, accepting nothing.

    "Primarily we are focused on 8.30- 10pm. At 8.30pm Mr and Mrs McCann went down to the tapas area for their dinner.

    "And we know that around 10pm Mrs McCann found Madeleine was missing.”

    He added: “The timeline we have now established has given new ­significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.

    “It has allowed us to work with Crimewatch to build the most detailed reconstruction yet, and highlight very specific appeal points.

    "I hope when the public see our investigative strands drawn together within the overall context of that appeal, it will bring in new information.”

    The fresh investigation came after the McCanns wrote to PM David Cameron asking for a review of information after the Portuguese police ended their case.

    They are currently suing Portuguese ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral, 56, for libel over his claims they faked their daughter’s abduction to cover up her death.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-crimewatch-air-reconstruction-2365930

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  28. Maddie detectives hunting two 'German-speaking men': E-fit of suspects revealed this week as McCanns pray Crimewatch reconstruction results in a breakthrough

    Scotland Yard were aware of the two men when Maddie went missing in 2007
    They were dismissed but the investigation team now want to find them
    E-fits of the suspects will be broadcast on Crimewatch on Monday at 9pm
    Similar appeals will be made on Dutch and German television next week
    Kate and Gerry McCann will fly to Munich to make live appeal on Wednesday

    By Abul Taher and Nick Craven
    PUBLISHED: 21:11 GMT, 12 October 2013 | UPDATED: 22:09 GMT, 12 October 2013

    British detectives hunting for missing Madeleine McCann are looking for two German-speaking men whose computer-generated images will be broadcast on special TV appeals this week.

    Scotland Yard says the un-identified men were seen in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz at the time when Madeleine, then aged three, went missing on May 3, 2007.

    Witnesses told Portuguese police who originally investigated the case that they saw two German-speaking men at the resort that day, but little or no importance was placed on them at the time.

    Now British detectives are keen to trace the two individuals to establish if they are connected to Madeleine’s disappearance or to eliminate them from the investigation, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

    The E-Fit (Electronic Facial Identification Technique) images of individuals based on eyewitness reports will be broadcast on Crimewatch on BBC1 at 9pm.

    Similar appeals will be made on Dutch programme Opsporing Verzocht (Investigation Required) on Tuesday night, and on the German version of Crimewatch, Aktenzeichen XY . . .  Ungelost (Case Files XY . . . Unsolved) on Wednesday night, as Madeleine’s parents make an international appeal for information.

    Kate and Gerry McCann, both 45, will fly to Munich on Wednesday to make a live appeal from the studios of Aktenzeichen, which is watched by five million viewers.

    A spokesman for the German programme said: ‘The reviewing and analysis of all available information has led to new insights and leads that, for the first time, point to Germany.

    Aktenzeichen shows the photofits of two men, who apparently spoke German, and to whom little or no importance was previously attached.’

    The McCanns previously visited Germany in 2007 to make an appeal because a high number of German tourists were in the Algarve region when Madeleine went missing.

    The latest mugshots will also be shown on Dutch TV as the two ‘German speakers’ may have been talking Dutch, as the two languages are often confused, said a police source in the Netherlands.

    Tomorrow’s Crimewatch programme will feature a dramatic reconstruction of the moment Madeleine went missing, giving the most detailed sequence of events ever made public that led to her disappearance from the holiday apartment where she was sleeping.

    The reconstruction – which includes Mr McCann’s 6pm tennis lesson when Madeleine acted as ballgirl – will be accompanied by a moving interview by presenter Kirsty Young with Kate and Gerry McCann. (...)

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  29. (...) They talk about how much they miss Madeleine, who would be ten today. They will make a live appeal for members of the public to come forward with information.

    In a statement, the McCanns said: ‘We are greatly encouraged by new information coming to light, with the pieces of the jigsaw now fitting together.

    ‘We are really hopeful that the appeal on Crimewatch will bring further evidence which will take us a step closer to finding Madeleine.’

    The Met refused to comment on whether the two men they were looking for were German-speakers, but a family friend said that detectives were on the ‘brink of a breakthrough’.

    The Met officer leading the investigation, Detective Inspector Andy Redwood, will make a live appeal for information on the programme.

    Since Scotland Yard began reviewing the case in 2011, detectives have interviewed 442 people in 30 different countries and have drawn up a list of 41 potential suspects.

    Officers are pursuing 4,920 lines of inquiry, of which 2,123 had been ‘completed’.’

    Detectives now believe that their ‘timeline’ holds the key to discovering what happened to Madeleine. Det Insp Redwood said: ‘Our work has significantly changed the accepted version of events and it has allowed us to highlight very specific appeal points.

    ‘I hope that when the public see our investigative strands drawn together, it will bring in new information that moves our investigation forward.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2456751/Maddie-detectives-hunting-German-speaking-men-E-fit-suspects-revealed-week-McCanns-pray-Crimewatch-reconstruction-results-breakthrough.html

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  30. Reconstruction of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann to be shown on Crimewatch

    The BBC’s Crimewatch will broadcast a 25-minute reconstruction of the events surrounding Madeleine McCann’s disappearance

    By Robert Mendick, Chief reporter 12:01AM BST 13 Oct 2013

    video with mccanns and redwood http://bit.ly/GLKDFI

    A three-year-old young girls poses as Madeleine McCann in a reconstruction of the last hours before her disappearance six years ago from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve.

    The clip will be broadcast on the BBC’s Crimewatch tomorrow, while the Metropolitan Police will issue e-fits of men detectives want to speak to as part of renewed efforts to find Madeleine, who was three when she went missing in May 2007.

    This image depicts the little girl collecting tennis balls for her parents Kate and Gerry McCann as they played on a tennis court, and recreates one of the last photographs taken of her before she vanished.

    Mrs McCann wrote in 2011: “She looked lovely. I was following her with my eyes, admiring her. I wonder now if someone else was doing the same.”

    Police said yesterday they are issuing the e-fits “to try to identify these men, to eliminate any innocent sightings or to establish if they are connected in any way”.

    The fact police will publish several will raise suggestions the men might have been acting together as part of a paedophile gang.

    Crimewatch will broadcast a pre-recorded interview with the McCanns and the couple will also issue an appeal live on television on Monday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/10375101/Reconstruction-of-the-disappearance-of-Madeleine-McCann-to-be-shown-on-Crimewatch.html

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  31. Madeleine McCann: Key Details 'Were Wrong'
    UK detectives say details of the original investigation into Madeleine's disappearance in Portugal have "significantly changed".

    British detectives working on the Madeleine McCann investigation have revealed that key details in the timeline that led to her disappearance were wrong.

    The revised details will be documented in a new Crimewatch appeal on the case to be broadcast on Monday.

    Speaking ahead of the BBC programme, senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine's disappearance.

    "Our work to date has significantly changed the timeline and the accepted version of events that has been in the public domain to date.

    "It has allowed us to work with Crimewatch to build the most detailed reconstruction as yet, and highlight very specific appeal points.

    "I hope that when the public see our investigative strands drawn together within the overall context of that appeal, it will bring in new information that moves our investigation forward."

    The full reconstruction of the events six years ago when Madeleine went missing starts with a scene of Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry playing tennis.

    Madeleine, dressed in pink shorts, T-shirt and hat, then runs across the court, holding a batch of tennis balls.

    In another clip, the McCanns are asked how often they think of their daughter, who went missing when she was three years old on May 3, 2007 from a holiday apartment as her parents dined at a nearby tapas restaurant with friends.

    Mr McCann says: "When it's a special occasion, when you should be your happiest and Madeleine's not there, that's when it really hits home. Obviously, Madeleine's birthday goes without saying."

    Mrs McCann adds: "It's when you have big family occasions really. That's it isn't it? 'Family occasion' and you haven't got your complete family."

    During the programme, Mr Redwood discusses how the police have approached the inquiry.

    He says: "Primarily what we sought to do from the beginning is try and draw everything back to zero if you like. Try and take everything back to the beginning and re-analyse and reassess everything, accepting nothing."

    He adds: "The careful and critical analysis of the timeline has been absolutely key.

    "Primarily, we're focused on the area between 8.30pm and 10pm. We know at 8.30 that was the time Mr and Mrs McCann went down to the tapas area for their dinner and we know that around at 10pm that was when Mrs McCann found that Madeleine was missing."

    A number of e-fits are also to be shown in the appeal in a bid to "identify the men and eliminate innocent sightings". (...)

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  32. (...) Scotland Yard detectives, who have interviewed 442 people as part of their review-turned-investigation, hope to track down as many people present in the Portuguese town at the time.

    Since launching its own investigation, 41 people of interest have been identified by the Met Police, including 15 UK nationals.

    Detectives have issued 31 international letters of request to mostly European countries in relation to some of the persons of interest as well as accessing phone records.

    A large but "manageable" list of phone numbers identified as being present in Praia da Luz - though not necessarily used to make phone calls - has been drawn up by detectives with a "significant" number unattributed to any named person.

    British detectives launched a fresh investigation in July this year - two years into a review of the case.

    The Met Police now has a team of six Portuguese detectives based in Faro who are carrying out inquiries on its behalf.

    The Portuguese investigation is officially closed but authorities there are backing the Scotland Yard inquiry and officers from both countries are working together in pursuing new leads.

    http://news.sky.com/story/1153765/madeleine-mccann-key-details-were-wrong

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  33. Madeleine McCann: British man is arrested in the hunt for missing girl
    13 Oct 2013 00:00

    By Simon Wright

    Suspect held in a swoop by Greater Manchester Police after the Sunday Mirror revealed that a man bragged about seeing Madeleine alive just weeks ago

    THE dramatic arrest of a Brit in the hunt for Madeleine McCann has been described as “potentially highly significant”.

    It has boosted the hopes of the missing youngster’s anguished parents Kate and Gerry.

    A source close to the couple said: “The arrest only happened as a result of a claim that Madeleine may still be alive.”

    The suspect was held in a swoop by Greater Manchester Police after the Sunday Mirror last week revealed that a man bragged about seeing Madeleine alive just weeks ago.

    A respected barrister told us the man boasted to him that he had met the child on a Mediterranean island. It was claimed Maddie was “introduced” to the man this summer.

    It is understood that the Manchester officers who made the arrest also seized computers from a private address and sent them for forensic examination.

    Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange team have been handed the barrister’s detailed statement, which is rated as “high up on the credibility scale”.

    The Yard officers had reopened the probe into the disappearance of Madeleine, then aged three, from the McCanns’ holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

    The dramatic twist in the inquiry comes as Kate and Gerry, both 45, prepare to appear in a Crimewatch appeal on BBC1 tomorrow night.

    It is understood they are being kept fully briefed on developments.

    We told last week how the barrister went to police after being told of the Maddie sighting.

    Tourist resorts popular with Brits are now thought to feature in the active inquiry. A family source confirmed last night: “This is high up on the credibility scale.

    "The barrister did the right thing by going to police. His information has gone into the Operation Grange system and I know they are working on it. (...)

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  34. (...) “The fact that he was prepared to risk his reputation by making the statement does suggest that it is credible. There are tip-offs and sightings all the time and many of them can be ruled out immediately as either complete fantasy or because there is no credibility to the source.

    “This one is more credible because of the nature of the man who brought it to the authorities’ attention.”

    The Sunday Mirror can reveal that the arrested man was at a party attended by the barrister at a private home in an upmarket suburb of Manchester on August 17.

    During the evening, the lawyer had a conversation with the man, who told him he had met Madeleine on the island in the Med this summer.

    The barrister, shocked and distressed by what the man said about the alleged encounter, contacted his local police force the next day then gave a formal statement.

    The barrister, who agreed to speak to us but who we are not naming at his request, refused to comment further on the arrest.

    He explained: “I cannot risk compromising the investigation or the search for Madeleine. If she is alive but now ­disappears again, I would never be able to forgive myself.”

    But a separate source close to the arrest said: “A guy at the party told the barrister he had been introduced to Madeleine on the island in the summer.

    “The barrister took that to mean that she was with another adult at the time but doesn’t know who it was or anything about them.”

    It is unclear whether the barrister was able to give officers the name of the man he spoke to at the party.

    Police have not released any details about the man they have arrested.

    A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: “A man was arrested in September on suspicion of possession of drugs and conspiracy to distribute indecent images of children. He has been bailed pending further inquiries. An investigation is ongoing into this matter and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.” (...)

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  35. (..)Last week we revealed how the barrister broke down in tears as he explained what he had been told.

    Speaking to us as he walked his dog in a park near his large home in the North West of England, he said: “I can’t tell you exactly why I believe what I was being told. It was just a gut feeling.

    "I knew that by reporting it, it would compromise me in all sorts of ways.

    “But it was something I couldn’t ignore. If I hadn’t said anything I couldn’t have lived with myself.”

    Asked what it was about the ­description the man at the party gave him of the girl he said was Madeleine, the barrister said: “I have told the police everything that I was told about her. They know what that was and that is why they have acted.”

    Meanwhile Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, are set to speak of their hope that their daughter will be found finally thanks to new evidence uncovered by a UK police probe.

    Former GP Kate and consultant ­cardiologist Gerry will appear live on BBC1’s Crimewatch at 9pm tomorrow.

    Detectives will appeal for help in solving the six-year mystery of what happened in Praia da Luz where Madeleine was on holiday with her parents and younger twin siblings.

    The programme will feature a new reconstruction of events, with Madeleine played by a three-year-old girl.

    The programme will also be screened in Holland and Germany.

    Before this week’s arrest, officers had spoken to 442 people since Operation Grange began. The team had identified 41 “persons of interest”, including carers, residents and workers at the resort.

    Det Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, the senior investigating officer, said: “I truly believe there are people out there
    who hold the key to Madeleine’s disappearance.”

    A Scotland Yard spokesman refused to comment on the arrest and said: “We are not providing a running ­ commentary on the case.”

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-man-arrested-greater-2366183

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  36. EXCLUSIVE: Events and timings on night Madeleine McCann vanished under 'intense scrutiny'
    THE known events surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are wrong, Scotland Yard sensationally announced last night.
    By: James Murray
    Published: Sun, October 13, 2013

    In another bombshell development they also said the “timeline” of key events relating to the abduction is also incorrect.

    For years it was thought Madeleine was taken at about 9.15 pm from her apartment 5 a of the Ocean Club complex at Praia da Luz on the Algarve in Portugal on May 3 2007.

    However, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said last night: “Our work to date has significantly changed the timeline and the accepted version of events that has been in the public domain to date.”

    Scotland Yard declined to give details of their new timeline, but his remarks provoked the question-just when was Madeleine abducted?

    DCI Redwood said: “Primarily what we sought to do from the beginning is to try and draw everything back to zero if you like, try and take everything back to the beginning and then re analyse and re assess everything.”

    A careful and critical analysis of the timeline has been “absolutely key” to the process, which has meant detectives concentrating on what exactly happened between 8. 30 pm and 10 pm on the night Madeleine was taken.

    At 8.30pm Kate and Gerry went to the nearby Tapas bar for their dinner with seven holiday friends, leaving Madeleine, then three, and twins Sean and Amelie, then 18 months, alone in the apartment.

    The McCann’s friend Jane Tanner has said that at about 9.15pm she saw a man carrying a small child walk away from apartment 5 a.

    She saw the mystery man as she walked past Gerry McCann and holidaymaker Jez Wilkins, who were standing by a sidegate to apartment 5a. They did not see her.

    DCI Redwood said at 10 pm Kate went to the apartment to find Madeleine was not there.

    The revelations came as Crimewatch released moving film of their special reconstruction to be screened on BBC One tomorrow night, showing a child actress as Madeleine playing tennis with her parents Kate and Gerry, played by actors.

    The little girl looks uncannily like Madeline, who was pictured holding tennis balls aged three shortly before she was taken from the Ocean Club.

    Moving images of the heart rending re-enactment can be seen on our website along with an emotional interview with Kate and Gerry and the officer leading the Scotland Yard team, DCI Redwood.

    The new information comes at a crucially important week in the investigation, which has become a mammoth operation now spreading deep into the heart of Europe with television appeals going out in Holland on Tuesday and in Germany on Wednesday. (...)

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  37. (...) The Crimewatch reconstruction was filmed in Spain, lasts almost 25 minutes and will feature e fits of potential suspects.

    DCI Redwood said: “Through meticulously drawing together specific information the team have been able to refocus the timeline and now place more significance on events that night.

    “The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.

    “It has allowed us to work with Crimewatch to build the most detailed reconstruction as yet, and highlight very specific appeal points.

    “I hope that when the public see our investigative strands drawn together within the overall context of that appeal, it will bring in new information that moves our investigation forward.”

    A Yard spokesperson would not be drawn on details but added: ‘‘Through meticulously drawing together specific information the team have been able to refocus the timeline and now place more significance on events that night.”

    The spokesperson added: “Also featuring in the appeal will be a number of e-fits of men that police are keen to speak to. They were all sightings in and around Praia da Luz in the days before and on Thursday, 3 May 2007 - the day of Madeleine’s disappearance.

    “The purpose of the appeal is to try and identify these men, to eliminate any innocent sightings or to establish if they are connected in any way.

    “The McCann’s will make a live appeal in the studio, supported by the senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood.”

    The Operation Grange incident room at Belgravia police station will be staffed during the appeal and the days that follow.

    A dedicated call centre will also be opened at Hendon police training centre.

    In what must be difficult scenes for the McCanns to watch, a blonde haired child actress plays he role of their daughter to recreate a once happy family moment before the abduction, when the McCanns played tennis with their daughter on courts by the pool of the Ocean Club complex.

    In a real picture, smiling Madeleine, wearing pink shorts, top and a floppy hat, is seen smiling as she holds tennis balls.

    The unnamed child actress, wearing similar clothes, recreates the scene, happily running around the court as actors playing her parents hit balls.

    In a pre recorded interview for Crimewatch, strained looking Kate and Gerry are asked about the impact of Madeleine’s disappearance and the hole that it has left in their lives.

    Gerry said: “When you should be at your happiest, when Madeleine’s not there...that’s when it really hits home..obviously Madeleine’s birthday goes without saying.”

    Kate adds: “It’s when you have big family occasions and you haven’t got your complete family.”

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/436291/EXCLUSIVE-Events-and-timings-on-night-Madeleine-McCann-vanished-under-intense-scrutiny

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  38. EXCLUSIVE: German Crimewatch to widen hunt for 'suspects'
    TWO German sounding men are being sought by detectives trying to solve the Madeleine McCann mystery, we reveal today.

    The focus of the hunt for the missing girl, now aged ten, will dramatically switch to Germany later this week when Kate and Gerry are expected travel there to make an urgent television appeal to run with new e fit pictures of potential suspects.

    On Wednesday the German television channel ZDF will feature the BBC Crimewatch reconstruction in their programme, called Aktenzeichen XY, which means File Number XY.

    Presenter Rudi Cerne will interview Kate and Gerry in the studio, allowing them to directly appeal to millions of Germans for help in identifying the men.

    A blurb for that programme says detectives are now going on the “offensive,” suggesting the Yard investigation is rapidly gathering pace.

    It says the trawl through existing documents has produced new information which leads to Germany for the first time.

    The blurb adds: “This is the reason why XY will show sketches of two men who appear to speak German and who have so far been paid little or no importance.”

    Programme makers say this is the reason why Scotland Yard approached the programme’s producer and asked for a similar appeal on Dutch television on Tuesday night.

    In Europe the Dutch and German accents sounds similar so the Yard felt it was vital to appeal to people in the Netherlands, where viewers will see the BBC Crimewatch reconstruction.

    ZDF says Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood will travel to Holland to appear on that separate programme.

    Scotland Yard has already made inquiries into potential suspects in Germany.

    British child abuser Raymond Hewlett was staying on the Algarve when Madeleine went missing in 2007 and also stayed in Germany.

    He says he was at a flea market 30 miles away when Madeleine was taken, but declined to speak to the McCann’s private investigators.

    He told people gypsies had been looking to buy children, but could never be pinned down on details.

    Hewlett died from cancer in Germany in 2010 aged 64 without making any admissions.

    The Yard also liaised with their German counterparts on the movements of serial child killer Martin N, who is serving a life sentence in jail in Germany for abducting and murdering three boys.

    The charming youth worker targeted children at beach holiday resorts and broke into their homes to snatch them.

    In 2011 the Sunday Express published a picture of him alongside an e fit of a man seen acting suspiciously around apartment 5 a in Praia da Luz, just hours before Madeleine was taken.

    Ney looked uncannily like the e-fit, but has told German police he was not in Portugal and had nothing to do with Madeleine’s disappearance.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/436289/EXCLUSIVE-German-Crimewatch-to-widen-hunt-for-suspects

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  39. Madeleine McCann: Detectives working on a new timeline of disappearance and focus on 'a crucial 45 minutes'


    By Justin Penrose, Matthew Drake 13 Oct 2013 00:00

    Officers believe the period immediately before Maddie was checked by her father Gerry, not after, could now hold the key.

    BRITISH detectives investigating Maddie’s disappearance are focusing on a crucial 45 minutes from the night she went missing.

    In a dramatic new development officers have identified a period before the youngster was seen for the last time as crucial to making a breakthrough, and described it as “a revelation moment.”

    They believe her kidnappers may have been lurking in or near the McCanns’ holiday apartment as Gerry went to check on his children at around 9.15pm.

    Detectives have always focused on the period after Maddie was checked by her father – but now believe the 45 minutes before that could hold the key to catching those who abducted her.

    Scotland Yard is set to release a number of e-fits of potential suspects seen in or around the holiday complex in the days and hours before Maddie was snatched.

    Senior investigating officer DCI Andy Redwood said: “The timeline we have established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people in and around Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.

    "Our work to date has significantly changed the timeline and the accepted version of events that has been in the public domain to date.

    “The careful and critical analysis of the timeline has been absolutely key.”

    A source close to the McCanns said: “We believe it is significant that police are looking at the period prior to 9.15pm. Previously all of the focus has been after that time. People may have seen something and not realised it was significant.”

    On the night Maddie disappeared on May 3, 2007, Kate and Gerry left their apartment at 8.30pm to join friends at a Tapas restaurant.

    Gerry returned at 9.15pm and all three children were asleep. The window and blinds were closed, but the door to the room seemed more open than when he had left.

    At around 9.20pm a friend from the McCanns’ group was going to her apartment when she saw a man carrying a child.

    Ten minutes later another friend checked on the children but only saw Maddie’s twin brother and sister as he did not enter their room.

    When Kate went to the apartment at 10pm she found Maddie had disappeared and the window and shutters were open.

    An Irish family also spotted a man carrying a child at around 10.10pm.

    In an interview recorded for tomorrow night’s Crimewatch the McCanns said having their daughter missing for so long always haunted them worst at family occasions.

    Gerry said: “When when you should be your happiest and Madeleine’s not there that’s when it really hits home. Madeleine’s birthday, it goes without saying.”

    Kate added: “It’s when you have the big family occasions really when you haven’t got your complete family.”

    Police have staged a 25-minute reconstruction of the disappearance for the BBC1 show and yesterday officers released footage of an actress portraying Maddie playing on a tennis court. The McCanns will also make a live appeal during the programme.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madelene-mccann-detectives-working-new-2366180

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  40. Sky news are showing the last photo, with the tennis balls,
    It is not showing the photo at the swimming pool, Maddie with a baby face.
    England is improving, isn't ? Are the McCanns going to sue the Queen?

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  41. http://news.sky.com/story/1153765/madeleine-mccann-key-details-were-wrong

    Looks like SY have rewritten the timeline to make the McCanns look innocent and to include the possibility that an "intruder" may have taken Maddy. The truth will never come out. What do the McCanns know or have to make the most respected police force in the word lie for them?

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  42. The German blog "Unterdenteppichgekehrt" (Swept under the carpert) which contained a plausible theory about Madeleine's disappearance (NOT abduction)has been removed.
    Coincidence?

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  43. @42 the author went on holidays and might be fed up of all the spin, and attempts of whitewashing the Tapas 9.

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  44. BBC writes about a new timeline established by the Scotland Yard. It can only mean that the timeline based on the declarations of the Tapas 9 to the Portuguese police is swept under the carpet. WTF? If this is not an attempt to innocent the McCann couple and friends, what is it?

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  45. «British police has denied a newspaper report that there was an arrest in the case of missing Madeleine McCann.

    "I can not confirm that. That's not true," said a spokeswoman for the Greater Manchester Police (GMP). Scotland Yard had already stated in London upon being questioned, that they could not confirm the arrest. The tabloid newspaper "Sunday Mirror" reported the arrest of a British man.

    A man is said to have made revelations to his lawyer in Manchester. He claims to have seen the missing girl since May 2007, just a few weeks ago living on a Mediterranean island, and that Maddie had been "introduced" to him.»

    http://www.t-online.de/nachrichten/panorama/kriminalitaet/id_65962800/britische-polizei-dementiert-festnahme-im-fall-maddie.html

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  46. British police have reportedly arrested a man after he boasted at a party of having recently seen Madeleine McCann on a Mediterranean island.

    However, it appears he was arrested for reasons unrelated to the child’s disappearance from her family's’s holiday apartment in Portugal in May 2007.

    Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper reported a week ago that a barrister had given a detailed statement to police after attending a party in Manchester where the man made the extraordinary claim.

    The man boasted that he had been introduced to Madeleine on the island this summer. She was in the company of another adult.
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    The barrister said he took the claim seriously because of the level of detail.

    The Sunday Mirror reported that the man making the claims was arrested during the week, and computers were seized.

    In a statement, Greater Manchester Police told the paper “a man was arrested … on suspicion of possession of drugs and conspiracy to distribute indecent images of children.”

    He was bailed pending further inquiries.

    Madeleine’s disappearance is being investigated by Operation Grange.

    A spokesman from London's Metropolitan Police told Fairfax Media: “We are not providing a running commentary in relation to this.”

    If any arrest was made by Operation Grange it would be confirmed by the Met, he said.

    Police from Operation Grange, along with the McCann family, are due to make a new public appeal for help in the case on a British TV program on Monday night.

    The program will also present a fresh timeline of events surrounding the disappearance of the British girl just a few days before her fourth birthday.

    It will include a new, 25-minute reconstruction as well as interviews with Gerry and Kate McCann, who launched a global media campaign to find their daughter and still hold out hope she is alive.

    Portuguese authorities closed their investigation in 2008, but London’s Metropolitan Police spent two years reviewing the evidence and opened their own probe in July this year.

    Last week, the Met said analysis of mobile phone data from thousands of people who were in the resort of Praia da Luz when Madeleine disappeared could provide a new lead.

    The detectives have interviewed 442 people in the past couple of years and have identified 41 potential suspects, although no arrests have been made.

    In the BBC Crimewatch program on Monday night, e-fits of men seen in and around Praia da Luz at the time will be published in a bid to identify the men and eliminate innocent sightings.

    ‘‘Primarily what we sought to do from the beginning is try and draw everything back to zero,’’ the chief investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, said in a clip from the program released to the media. ‘‘Try and take everything back to the beginning and re-analyse and reassess everything, accepting nothing.’’

    He said detectives were focused on the time between 8.30pm on May 3, 2007, when Kate and Gerry McCann left the apartment to dine at a nearby tapas restaurant with friends, to when Kate McCann found Madeleine was missing at 10pm.

    ‘‘Our work to date has significantly changed the timeline and the accepted version of events that has been in the public domain to date,’’ Inspector Redwood said.

    The appeal will be shown in Germany and the Netherlands after Monday’s British broadcast, in a bid to widen the search for new information.

    Last week the McCanns said they were ‘‘greatly encouraged by new information coming to light’’ and that they hoped the BBC appeal would take them closer to finding Madeleine.

    with AFP
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/man-arrested-after-making-madeleine-mccann-introduction-boast-20131013-2vgo7.html

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  47. Curioser and curioser. Last night I saw the trailer for Monday's BBC 'Crimewatch' reconstruction programme about Madeleine's disappearance, and found it to be a mixed bag. What I heard in the initial remarks from Redwood did not, after all, lead me to believe that Operation Grange was to be a simple whitewash. Various UK police forces are currently smarting from scandals like Hillsborough, Plebgate, and a new one about Special Branch colluding to blacklist well over 3,000 construction workers, some of whom had merely pointed out health and safety at work concerns... and with all those millions spent by two countries as well, I did not think they would take the risk: it could not be as simple as that.

    Annoyingly, the news item before the trailer stated that 'the timeline was wrong' leaving viewers with the incorrect assumption that the PJ themselves got the sequence of events on the crucial night in wrong in the first place. Anyone familiar with the files will know that there are glaring inconsistencies over who was where when, in the initial and later statements from many of the important players. However, a perusal of the BBC website this morning shows a comment merely that the timeline 'has changed'. Perhaps all they are saying is that this is the Met's best effort in establishing a timeline. Underneath that introductory part is a heading: 'Timeline' ...but huh? It is not a timeline of events on the evening of Madeleine's disappearance, but a list of dates in the months and years after it, with the various events connected with the case that happened on them. Because people who post on here tend to know a lot about the case, it is easy to forget how little most people know about it, and that gleaned mostly from an unreliable sensationalist tabloid press.

    A key thing which jarred from early on in the trailer, was the discussion of 'the last photo of Madeleine' and a bald statement that it was the one which was posted up everywhere to remind everyone she was missing, and to look out for her. Indeed there was quite a longish sequence of a woman posting this picture up to inform passers by. It was the tennis photo! This is the photo that most people concerned with getting to the bottom of what really happened to the child, have thought might have, in truth, been the last photo of her, but the photo promoted as the last photo was the one of her sitting by the pool. Moreover, it has always been thought odd by sceptics of the 'official' version of events, that the photo posted everywhere, in the press on T-shirts on the cover of the Kate's book, on walls and tree trunks is the head and shoulders photo of a much younger Madeleine in a red dress... It is staring down at me now from the cover of Kates's book. How odd is that not to use a recent photo to show to people you hope will look for your child?! How odd to insist that the tennis photo was the one posted up everywhere! Not that I saw, it wasn't!

    The tennis players and the child bore a fair enough resemblance to the McCanns... One can say that. We had a quick clip of a fireside chat with the parents saying how sad they were that at key times in the year Madeleine was not with them... predictable and unobjectionable, but not really kicking the reconstruction onwards one little bit. We must wait for the full version for that!

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  48. Redwood correctly stated that the most important thing to do was to go back to the night in question, and look at events in detail on it, in sequence, and to take nothing for granted. Haven't all sceptics been clamouring for that to happen? There was NO direct criticism of the Portuguese police, and neither should there have been, as the main protagonists beat a retreat to the UK before all necessary queries had been followed up, and the previous AG refused to let phone evidence into the case as valid information. The Met ARE supposedly being allowed to study this, to what extent, and in what way it is not clear.

    I do NOT believe the Met have done ANY new investigations in Portugal, so all of these 'new leads' are a reworking of what is already in the files. Nothing wrong with that, and it must be that this is with the full agreements of the Portuguese authorities. It is what happens in a Cold Case Review in the UK. One force looks at the, usually good, work of another to see if, with new events, the passage of time, changes of this or that person's tale of what happened, to see if there are any new insights: a second professional opininion, so to speak. I would not be surprised if all and sundry in both police forces know very well what happened already, and that the PJ, with good will, are in agreement for the Met to go over the old ground to see if more proof can be squeezed out, or if someone's conscience will be troubling him/her enough to tell what he/she knows. The supposed hostility between the two police services, reported in our press, may well be a fiction, as much as a lot else our not so marvellous papers print.

    Why were the GNR dogs pictured? No comment was made on them. They were retriever-type regular tracker dogs, who smell a missing person's clothing and try and follow a scent trail to discover where they are. They are regular tools, all across Europe and elsewhere, just as helicopters are, when a young child goes missing. They certainly were not those rarely talented dogs: spaniels Eddie and Keela, the EVRD dogs that the British brought over with their highly experienced handler Martin Grime, and whose indicative evidence of death in the apartment (not backed up by sufficent other hard evidence for solid proof) caused so much fury in some places.

    Six years ago is a long time to start another trawl for information, even if it is to back up what is already known, but cases have been solved after greater amounts of time.

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  49. Mccanns went to Germany to bring the news out about Madeleine. The German people very angry they want nothing to do with them. They have bring for six years different stories and they was not true. They went to Mr Cameron and he think Madeleine is still alive and he give the police some money to carry on to find what happened to her and still nothing but they always come with new stories. The British police is in trouble with their own people, why they don't speak the truth, they think they do what Mr Cameron tells them what they have to say. The police dogs told the truth of what happened in the flat they believe Madeleine is dead and the police ignore it. The people think Mr Cameron shouldn't have been involved, first the Labour and now the conservatives and they now have Mr Mitchell in their party, how can you trust this country now. The Mccanns are frightened the truth will come out that's why they have people they know to bring different stories, they are all crooks people who trying to make some money. The law in Portugal shouldn't listen to these people and not to other countries they have nothing to do with it. They should make the seven answer the questions because they know what happened. The lady in the flat above heard Madeleine crying for one hour, it's a shame that later she died. They should have Mr Smith again, he spoke to Mr McCann and he just turned his head and walked off to the sea. He noticed what he was wearing but we think someone has seen him to keep quiet. The Portugal court should know that Mr Amarals book did not stop people from looking out for Madeleine and try to find the truth to Mccanns travelling all over to find different stories and not make their people guilty and the British make fun of them don't let that do, fight hard and listen to the people who speak the truth.

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  50. I hope that people who discount facts because they are awkward will be rumbled, however supposedly professional, famous or influential they are.

    It is a fact that the EVRD dogs alerted in all the places they alerted in. It is simply not credible that they were 'led' to do so by a corrupt dog handler, or that the fact that they alerted in all the places they did, and in no others, should not be taken account of. The facts of their alerts should not be ignored because they are inconvenient to the current main theory, or because they merely constitute [i]indicative[/i] evidence, that needs to be backed up by other types of evidence, especially forensic evidence. It still remains a fact that all this indicative evidence exists, and it should be added into the mix of new evidence.

    Types of evidence, and the reliability of each type, is hardly ever discussed in this case. Direct evidence is often supposed to be the best kind of evidence, but often it is the circumstantial evidence which in the end turns out to be the most telling. Evidence of identification is the much prized direct sort of evidence... eg 'I saw that man there at that time', but it is notoriously UNreliable, perhaps because of environmental conditions, like poor lighting, and its being only a fleeting glimpse, and passage of time (like 6 years!).

    Evidence of what someone saw when they had not been specifically asked to look out for it is even worse that if they had, IYSWIM. It is unreliable because, with the best will in the world, people's perceptions and impressions are often not very accurate, their memories, with the best of intentions, fail, and they then embroider, unknowlingly, to fill in the gaps.

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  51. I have just been watching UK Channel 4 News, and I am more and more convinced that the major problem is with our UK press... our newspapers... aka the 'dead tree press!' ... mostly, but not entirely the tabloids. Some stuff in the broadsheets is also crazy from time to time. 'Arrests soon', they trumpet! All those millions spent by two governments, and all those small contributions from good-hearted people from all over to the McCann's 'Fund' in order, ostensibly, to help find the child! The papers sell more copies if Madeleine's name or picture, especially the one in the red dress, are on the front pages. They can print whatever pre-planned drivel they like. I feel so cynical about that, as they are all sycophantic for fear of being Carter-Rucked for libel.

    Now more of the sensible correspondents are in PDL... Now more high end commentators in the TV studios are being asked for their opinions. I was getting the supper and listening carefully, but not watching, as one of them spoke. It could have been the well-respected Simon Israel, but it might also not have been. When asked specifically about the new 'revelations' and e-fit/s due in the BBC Crimewatch programme tomorrow, but partially leaked all over the shop, this chap sighed, and said: 'Well.. it is a new theory'... and, of course, it will be just that...

    Goncalo Amaral has described all the possibilities, quite correctly, as theories... and that is what they will remain unless and until enough new evidence is dug up to take someone or other to court, and they are convicted... of something: abduction; murder; kidnap for child trafficking; or to order for adoption; removing the body of a child after an accident in the flat; or for any other crime that could be possible when a young child has disappeared. There is no sure evidence even for what type of crime was committed, but some crime surely was, as the child is still missing!

    Theories about some dead paedophile, for instance, if that is on the card are NBG, utterly hopeless, because you cannot try a dead person, so the speculation will go on... and on... and on... and there will never be closure for relatives, or anyone else. Let's hope the moving finger of Andy Redwood does not point to one of those!

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  52. You can't get away from the fact, if the McCanns hadn't left those kids alone, Maddy would still be here. Kate is spouting that they haven't done anything wrong but whatever happened to Maddy, they created the opportunity by their neglect.
    Has anyone else noticed the efit photo's and descriptions bear a close resemblance to Gerry?

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  53. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2458355/Madeleine-McCann-suspect-Police-promise-revelation-Crimewatch.html

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/344855/Madeleine-McCann-The-face-of-the-snatcher

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-crimewatch-reconstruction-e-fits-2368473

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/10375936/Madeleine-McCann-E-fits-of-suspect-released.html

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/436506/Madeleine-McCann-Police-issue-images-of-man-they-want-to-track-down

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/14/british-detectives-efits-madeleine-mccann-suspect

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  54. Germany, my eye! We all know damned well where this is going - to lay the definitive blame firmly at the tombstone of Raymond Hewlett, now he's dead and can't argue different.

    The greatest sham ever perpetrated. Why are they allowed to get away with it?

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  55. Its about time Interpol investigates this case the public from all over the world should demand this , its plain to see who are guilty . These two call themselves responsible parents????? I am a parent and would never leave my child on his own , these two are a disgrace to families all over the world . SY is as corrupt as a 13 pound note . I feel once charged , tried and convicted these two should spend a very long time in prison and the people who aided and abetted them should be put in jail for 50 years with hard labour , maybe then bent politicians and police offices will learn a lesson as they will see and read what happens when facts are not displayed in court and when they let criminals get away with murder . These two were swanning round the world like celebrities ! The truth will prevail , well done Joana and Dr Amaral ! Let the world know the truth .

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