4 October 2013

Maddie case review: Scotland Yard and McCanns in 'substantive' TV appeal



by Press Association 2013

Kate and Gerry McCann are to make a significant television appeal in light of "fresh, substantive" material unearthed as part of a British police investigation into their daughter's disappearance.

Scotland Yard is for the first time trawling through a vast log of mobile phone traffic identified in Praia da Luz, in Portugal, at the time of Madeleine's disappearance.

In a process detectives say could be key to discovering what happened to the-then three-year-old, any person who was present in the Algarve town on or around May 3 2007 could receive a phone-call from the Metropolitan Police.

The McCanns will appear live in the studio during an episode of BBC Crimewatch on Monday October 14, which will also feature a reconstruction and pre-recorded interviews with the couple.

Describing the programme, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "It's substantially different. It's not just a bland 'can you help us' appeal, there is some different material and a different understanding to be presented."

And Scotland Yard has revealed that since launching its own investigation, 41 people of interest have been identified, including 15 UK nationals, up from 38 people of interest including 12 UK nationals established in July.

Detectives have issued 31 international letters of request (ILOR) 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.

And significantly , police officers are now able to create a log showing calls being made at the time of Madeleine's disappearance.

Asked if this move could be key to the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Andy Redwood, the senior investigating officer on the inquiry, said: "It could be."

He added: "We've got a data set of phone traffic. Within that phone traffic you can see we've got some of those numbers we can attribute to people, but a large number of them we can't.

"So in a targeted way, we're trying to say in a particular moment in time, that is around the moment of opportunity, who's there. It's really as simple as that."

He went on: "A lot of the focus is not necessarily to find a suspect, but also witnesses. We're trying to understand who was there for a range of reasons."

Mr Redwood said his team could never say for certain that it knew everybody who was in Praia da Luz when Madeleine disappeared.

He went on: "What we're trying to do is to use every route available to us to identify as many of them as possible and the phone data is one route into that, as are appeals. If you were in Praia da Luz at the time, you may get a routine phone call from the police."

Mr Redwood said the phone data shows a timeline with "calls made and where they went to as a running log".

He said 99% of the phone numbers are likely to belong to "completely unaware and innocent individuals".

Portuguese Police already had access to the list of phone numbers but it has not previously been as closely scrutinised.

In the week Crimewatch airs, equivalent programmes made in Holland, Germany [16th of October] and possibly Ireland, are expected to be broadcast.

Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, said: "Kate and Gerry remain very grateful to the Met for the work they are doing in liaison with the Portuguese authorities.

"Their forthcoming appearance on Crimewatch is an important stage in that ongoing process. Naturally, they hope it will lead to information that will provide the breakthrough to finding Madeleine."

Mr Rowley added: "It's important to stress, the Crimewatch appeal is not simply 'this is a live investigation has anyone got any information?'. It is more than that.

"There is new information not previously presented. Fresh, substantive material upon which to make an appeal.

"It will be a substantive and substantial programme rather than a broad implication that people can help us."

Madeleine went missing from a holiday apartment as her parents Kate and Gerry dined at a nearby tapas restaurant with friends.

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

The Scotland Yard investigation, which started as a review, has amassed 39,148 documents, of which 21,614 have been processed, relating to information from Portuguese Police, eight private investigators and other British forces, such as Leicestershire Police.

It now has a team of six Portuguese detectives based in Faro, who are carrying out inquiries on Scotland Yard's behalf.

The McCanns are currently suing former police chief Goncalo Amaral for libel over claims in the book The Truth Of The Lie .

in Lancashire Telegraph, Oct. 3, 2013

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Crimewatch, BBC, 1st May 2012


SkyNews, May 5, 2013

16 comments:

  1. "Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, said: "Kate and Gerry remain very grateful to the Met for the work they are doing in liaison with the Portuguese authorities."

    Yes! Of course! Particularly since I am told you are the one who convinced your party leader, David Cameron, to arrange for it with Scotland Yard.

    Hoping that could influence judge Melo e Castro? Mmmm - I doubt!
    Hoping it will generate more sympathy (if any) for your clients? Mmmm - Nice try!
    Hoping to denigrate the Portuguese PJ investigation? Just because you are Scotland Yard? Oh! Oh! Oh! You make me laugh! :c

    Concerning mobile phone calls...

    Why not starting by those numbers that were deleted from the first suspects or arguidos mobile phones in the first place? Just a tip! No animosity implied.

    :p "Who the hell has just barked?"

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  2. Just an observation ....0.18 .....look at the spelling of apartment on the background screen - as you can see we have all the best brains involved in this case.

    My god it gets more bizarre by the day.....do they think the world is full of fools to keep churning out this rubbish.

    Mojo

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  3. This has become all too predictable. Can you imagine what really happened in Praia da Luz for politicians and a national police force to deem it necessary to put their own credibility into question? Why go to these lengths to aid this couple in maligning one of the few people who dedicated himself to finding out what happened to their child? Don't they realize that they are besmirching England?

    As I've said they could parade their chosen perpetrator in front of the worldwide media it shouldn't change the ruling of this court. If the ruling does go against Mr. Amaral it will be overturned.

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  4. I believe there is something quite sinister about this whole case,the McCann s have the protection not only of the British media but it seems Scotland Yard too,& how convenient that this has emerged while the farcical libel trial is ongoing,i don't think the McCanns themselves are important but who/what they know is.Perhaps they are a part of a large group.

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  5. I did say something was going to happen in my earlier posts - and here it is.

    Take a breath and digest exactly what is happening here.
    Full confirmation the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

    How many people are in uk prisons who are innocent ....how many people have been stitched up for crimes they did not commit? It begs the question does it not ?

    This Is the UK in 2013 a corrupt hell hole where truth and Justice have no place - please don't be angry with the uk people - feel sorry for them - this is what they have to deal with on a daily basis ....total corruption and acts of evil.

    Its hard to stomach I realise that and I cannot begin to express how I am so disgusted with my country's establishment in every facet. We are run by a mafia that will murder children to further their ends it would seem.

    So know is the time to get out there what really has happened in Portugal in its entirety - Goncalo with others at his side not alone as the only face - needs to tell more.

    It would not surprize me to find out that not only has the child Madeleine been killed by her parents and chopped up into bits but possibly also sold her organs on via a trafficking ring - for the magnitude of this cover up to be in place we are witnessing one of the most evil crimes to be committed on the planet.

    The government, the police, the media, the family's relations and friends, the church ..hell even the pope are complicit to this disgusting sub human array of people.

    I will stand with anyone who is prepared to take this fight further for justice of an innocent 3 year old child named Madeleine....I cannot bring myself to quote her surname.
    ( that is if I am still around to help in whatever way I can - I am not scared of been knocked off - I don't want to live in such a world)

    I am sorry Portugal and for its citizens to have had this bestowed on them - you are an amazing people and fantastic country.
    Joana along with others epitomise that greatness - that strength of character and I admire you greatly.

    Goncalo Amaral - you are a true Hero and if only the world had more like you what a great humanity we would have.

    My words may mean nothing after all I have struggled to write - you have probably gathered by my posts that my education is not the greatest.

    But my heart is as committed as anybody's who wants Justice.

    Mojo

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  6. If the mobile phone numbers are unattributed to named people, six years on, how are they going to find out who these numbers belonged to? I don't get it. Are they just going to phone all the numbers and see if the person with that number was in PDL 6 years ago? Why the Crimewatch appeal then?
    All the quotes are saying 'it's more than just an appeal for help'....I thought that's what Crimewatch was supposed to be about? Again, I don't get it. Why not just investigate the 3 leads?

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  7. We are British.
    Having read the newspapers again. Mccanns went straight from Portugal to the British police and they are trying to find out what happened to Madeleine, it is a little bit late to find out now they should have done it a long time ago. Why do they do it now is it to help their case against Mr Amaral, they should ask him what happened to Madeleine, he will tell them the truth,there is no need to have all Mccanns friends they all stick together, I wonder if they have seen Mr Cameron because he gave plenty of money for the police but he didn't find out the truth. Now Mitchell who is now a conservative is a good story teller. They have all given Portugal a bad name. We hope Portugal keep fighting and bring out the truth,the British police know they are involved but they cannot say that, even the papers will not print readers letters on this case in case they are taken to court. In this country you can't speak your mind.

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  8. Mojo, most people who has been following this case from the outset knew that this was bound to happen. Saying that the parents chopped up the child and sold the organs via a traffic ring is a bit much. I think the child was simply cremated.

    With regards to the British people I have come to realize that there are many people in Britain who harbour feelings of disdain toward the Portuguese. It's the very reason a xenophobic campaign was launched via the media, to appeal to that section of the population. It's not only this case that has brought this to light. I've witnessed the most outrageous xenophobic comments by British commentators in sporting events involving Portuguese athletes. I've learned to accept it; these type of people have to deal with it themselves; they have to grow up. What angers me is that there are Portuguese people who can put a stop to this nonsense but they don't. I'm a Portuguese Canadian, born in Portugal and for me it is frustrating to watch Portuguese people betraying their country.

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  9. I want to know why the cadaver and blood dogs are NEVER mentioned by DCI Redwood. He keeps talking about the possibility of Madeleine being alive. If this is the case, he needs to find out who died in the apartment and had contact with various parts of the McCann hire vehicle. We're probably going to be told it was driven by a now dead paedophile. I hope someone asks him about the dogs on Crimewatch. Err, forgot, its the BBC ......
    And when can we see the reconstruction.? It will be like watching a Benny Hill repeat.

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  10. Guerra.
    Your post are some of the best I have read - you have a balanced outlook in this crazy case........ You say to much and more likely cremation.
    Evidence has indicated that the body had been Frozen - traces of congealed blood have been found with close matches to Madeleine - shower curtains found in a bag close to faro airport - Kate talking of imagining Madeleine on a grey concrete slab mottled etc
    Conversations said in the police station about what Gerry McCann was capable of - in respect to his profession.
    Latex gloves found - cerebral fluids - evidences of a clean up in the apartment.

    The accident theory is exactly that a theory - tell me why you think cremation ? do you find that more palatable or do you have something leading you that way ?

    There is something very sinister in this case - look at the strength of the cover up.

    Lets remember also the Gasper statements in terms of character reference.

    You know I could go on...

    Something is very wrong.

    Mojo

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  11. Guerra .... I live in England and have never heard anyone say anything detrimental about the Portuguese - you are very wrong with your observation regarding that and all you will achieve is division with such an ill informed outlook - this case requires unity.

    Infact for somebody to write what I felt were balance posts - you have now shattered that feeling with what I am beginning to feel is a hatred towards the British.
    If you are judging a nation by a few high profile albeit influential people there's no hope especially given the intelligence you generally display.

    I am an Englishman ...I am proud of my heritage as you are of Portugal - I am frustrated at the corrupt few tarring a nation the same as you in regards to the betrayal.

    Crikey don't let this drive a wedge between us all that just want the truth and Justice.

    Mojo

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  12. This is beginning to make sense ! The MP have begun their investigation based on the premise that Maddy WAS abducted and therefore they need to ascertain her whereabouts immediately during and after this event. Therefore there is no need to look into the family dynamics, their relationship with their friends whilst holidaying or any forensic evidence suggesting anything other than an abduction.
    No wonder it's all twaddle - this has been a stitch up from the start. The remit is not to find out what happened, it's to concur with and bolster the McCann version of events.

    The British public was duped by Jimmy Saville and co - it's happening again.

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  13. Mojo, I have no hatred toward anyone. I call them as I see them. Mr. Clarence Mitchell and entourage tapped into an aspect of your society that exists. They knew it existed. Your media has been putting out articles laced with language that appeals to the British sense of superiority and to their disdain for what they regard as inferior; you can't deny that. I remember a British reporter who was very critical of the Portuguese investigation and yet got very upset when someone criticised the dogs, she quickly replied “No No these are good dogs they’re English.” I've read comments from people in England who have described how family members refused to hear anything that puts the McCanns in a bad light; one person described how her sister became very upset and stormed out of the room. Now, why is that?

    Not to mention the outrageous commentary that I've heard by British sports commentators. The one I'll never forget was when Portugal lost to Greece in the final of the 2004 European Championships. The commentator was sarcastic constantly implying that the referees had been corrupted to enable Portugal to get that far. In the end when Portugal lost he was jubilant, heaping praise on the German referee. Then I sat in front of my TV dumbfounded as this guy said: "the Portuguese believe in fate and they believe their fate is a sad one and this result further reinforces their beliefs."

    The Portuguese have their faults also. From personal experience and observation I feel that many Portuguese people would rather have a foreigner succeed than one of their own. Many Portuguese people are jealous of the success of other Portuguese people. When the McCanns tried to ban Mr. Amaral’s book, it was not uncommon to read critical comments about Mr. Amaral in Portuguese papers not because of what he said in the book but because he was financially rewarded for his work.

    I’m not saying that every English person or every Portuguese person is this way, but there are some that are. With regards to myself, I will always treat people the way I would like to be treated.

    Now to tackle the cremation and body parts discussion. Is it possible that someone could sell their daughter’s body parts to the black market? Yes, but there isn’t a shred of evidence that backs up that theory. There isn’t a shred of evidence that confirms that the child was cremated either, however which claim would be regarded as the most outrageous given that there is no proof for either. When someone reads a post with such an unrestrained accusation they may tend to devalue what else you have said in that post. Please don’t take this the wrong way; I do read your comments and agree with many things that you have said. I’ve been guilty once or twice myself of making outrageous claims that in retrospect I feel have detracted from the rest of my commentary.

    How did I arrive at the cremation guess? I always believed that the arrival of the Hubbards in Praia da Luz soon after the child was reported missing was no coincidence. I believe the Hubbards know what happened and they made it possible for the parents to destroy their child’s body in a dignified manner.

    I was listening to the following when I wrote this letter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrfFPZStqik

    Hope, it’s your cup of tea.

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  14. hi Guerra ...thank you for replying and I will accept that my post that struck a chord with you was heavy and possibly not grounded enough to have been said in such a way.
    I am listening to the album as I reply and yes I like it, isn't music a wonderful vehicle to our souls - it helps flush out fits of rage and realise that generally we are all the same regardless of flags - there's good and bad in all nations.

    I am a firm believer that people are effected in terms of what they become by their environment and how it is run.
    To survive as a working class man in the UK you have to some degree lose your ideals to survive. Sometimes you have to go with the flow hoping one day that you can eventually become successful enough to get to a position that will allow you to influence your true self and beliefs... if that makes any sense.

    If I can be permitted to say that all though cremations are an accepted form of burial they are not the preferred method for devout Catholics due to their Pagan origin.

    You are right though and I have possibly let my emotions get the better of me ....for that I am sorry - this case has deeply disturbed me, upset me beyond words and I feel sometimes so helpless and alone... which has a man is hard to wrestle with.
    I was bought up to protect Women and Children at all costs - I am aware that the world has changed and that men like me have less of a standing in it.
    It has left me angry and irritable ....and all I can say is thank god for music and the hope it brings.
    I like you Guerra forgive my lack of education - I am out my depth posting here I am aware that many of you are very bright people...I can tell this by the way some of you write here.
    I am trying my best to make people look deeper even if only to come back at me and hopefully along the way they will see things that they did not realise.
    I love the Portugal people....and again for what it is worth I apologise for my countries media for saying the things that they have.....the irony is that if you look at many of the people who fall under the umbrella of British - many are not.
    We are a very cosmopolitan nation and have lost our way in many respects.
    Again you was right to pull me up but in a case that continually attacks truth it sometimes is hard not to let emotion get the better.

    Mojo

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  15. born in england and lived in england over 60 years and served in the raf i must have met and known more englishmen than most people ... no one can say they are all the same but i remember one englishman saying some thing that must astonish most of you perhaps make you laugh and probably adds weight to those decry englishness...it was the england team manager just after the war ended ..(i beleive walter winterbottom) who said these words>>>im convinced that any english footballer has more football in one leg than any foreign footballer has<<< lol .. lol

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  16. Mojo, man please do me and yourself a favour by not repeating this nonsense about education and being out of your depth. Have a nice weekend.

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