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Lies, Damned Lies...

Madeleine McCann - Who Cares?

by Martin Brunt

I don't know why, but I'm still finding it impossible to get a straight answer about Madeleine McCann from Leicestershire police.

I called to ask about Madeleine and almost before I'd asked the question was being given the old brush off: "It's a Portuguese investigation, not ours."

The Portuguese authorities closed their investigation in July last year. The press officer said she hadn't heard or read about that.

Apparently, the Leicestershire force still passes on any potential leads to the dynamic Portuguese police who established precisely nothing about Madeleine's disappearance during their 15-month inquiry.

I gave it 24 hours and called back. This time I was told that all the Leicestershire cops involved in the Madeleine case were on half-term holiday. So push off.

She didn't actually say that, but it felt like she had.

Still, onwards and upwards. The last time I asked a Leicestershire press officer about Madeleine she got hysterical.

I hope that privately, at least, Madeleine's home force shows a bit more care and thought towards her family.

in Life of Crime

However the UK Government’s response published on the Prime Minister Official Site is in direct contradiction to was told to Mr.Brunt:

Thank you for your e-petition entitled ”Order a review into the role of British police in relation to the Portuguese inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.”

Madeleine McCann went missing in Praia de Luz, Portugal, on 3 May 2007. As Madeleine went missing in Portugal, the investigation is being led by the Portuguese authorities, who retain primacy in the investigation.

The British police involvement in the investigation of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, led by Leicestershire Constabulary, continues. The Police have put considerable effort into the investigation and any new lines of enquiry will be investigated and communicated to the Portuguese authorities.

Information received in the UK that can be investigated in the UK is investigated by the Leicestershire Major Crime Team and evidence forwarded to the Portuguese in accordance with normal international protocols. Any information received in the UK that needs to be investigated abroad is forwarded to the Portuguese so that they can assess the information and either conduct inquiries in Portugal or direct other international inquiries through Interpol. Any requests for further investigation in the UK by the Portuguese will be expedited and evidence provided to them in accordance with normal international protocols.

The Government does not believe that a review into the role of British police in relation to the Portuguese inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann would serve a useful purpose.

We continue to hope that Madeleine will be found safe and well.


  1. "We continue to hope that Madeleine will be found safe and well"

    ... but we're doing bugger all about it.

  2. I remember in the early days before Martin Brunt was told to get in line. He said "We were all taken in by the Mccanns."

    I have not forgotten David Jones either,who two years down the line changed his story.. He admitted this himself after he had a chat with Mitchel. David Jones writes for The Mail, I wonder if he was one of the Journalists who went to Barcelona and proved the Mccanns detective Edgar was a liar.

  3. It's so interesting, they write/say something, and five minutes later it can be proved to be a lie.
    If they want us to believe them, they have to get better.

    (mcsupporters and co.)

  4. Good on you Martin. Keep nagging them. Can´t help wondering what has induced him to write this after such a long silence. Maybe the Sunday Express has given him some courage. Who knows, perhaps Leicestershire Police will be the Express's next target, in careful wording of course to avoid any risk of damages: "Why can't the Leicestershire Police do a bit more to help the poor suffering McCanns?" Why indeed.

    It really does look as if the press are beginning to wake up. Perhaps the fact that Carter Ruck and the Leicestershire force are not exactly the bee's knees at the moment has something to do with it.

  5. The Government does not believe that a review into the role of British police in relation to the Portuguese inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann would serve a useful purpose.

  6. mr brunt doesnt care about madeleine he only keeps the madeleine blog going for the ratings as no one really comments on his other blogs

  7. Mmm, I too hope, privately, that her home force give a little more thought towards her family, a lot more thought in fact

  8. Maybe Martin Brunt should check with the McCann investigators on some of the "tips" they regularly receive. Or, are they in Sweden still looking into the little girl there?

  9. Martin Brunt and all other reporters who want to know what is happening in this case, in view of the fact that the LP's and PJ's, along with Gordon Brown and his gang are keeping their lips sealed, should put an important question to the McCanns, via their newspaper columns:

    "To live up to your repeated quote -"We will leave no stone unturned", why don't you press for a reopening of the case in Portugal and agree to a reconstruction with all your tapas friends in attendance"?

    Simple really!

    These newspapers want to keep the story running to sell newspapers, but are frightened to get to the nitty gritty with the right questions to the ones who were to blame for the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, namely the parents, who left her and her siblings on their own night after night while enjoying drinks and tapas with their doctor friends, who also left their children in the same boat.

    Some parents - some friends!!

  10. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/135069/I-m-the-Soham-psychic#

    Daily Express are at it again...

    I just knew as I was reading this article Madeleine would be mentioned. I have an open mind about Dennis McKenzie...He will help the Mccanns but they have not asked him..Why not Mccann ,it is worth a shot, he may be able to help.

  11. Martin Brunt has touched a fundamental issue in this saga: the strange attitude of British police towards Madeleine's disappearance.

    Which publicises the link for the fund but doesn't know the investigation has been shelved by the Portuguese.
    Which says all the cops involved in the Madeleine case are on half-term holiday.
    Which basically refuses to discuss anything or disclose anything to do with the case (why?) including
    non-professional responses ("The last time I asked a Leicestershire press officer about Madeleine she got hysterical").

    Quite rightly, is this an acceptable way to deal with a British missing subject or help her family?

    Martin, this is an opportunity to do the right thing --- to exert pressure for the case to be reopened in Portugal or a new investigation to be launched in England.

    By the only force qualified to do so: THE POLICE.

  12. I gave up on Martin Brunt a long time ago. At some point he went from being a reasonably neutral if rather incurious reporter to becoming the equivalent of a spokeperson for Team McCann. One's imagination sometimes gets carried away and you see a scene of Brunt being woken by a 3 am call from Rupert in the USA - "Martin - I think we've got a little problem with your reporting on the McCann case..." Of course that never happened - but how come did he change so much. And why does he now ignore all the evidence in the files, never quote from it, never point up the contradictions that are identified here and elsewhere?

    Is it a coincidence that this appears soon after the Sunday Express editorial calling for a Scotland Yard investigation?
    I think by focussing on the Leics Police and the "lazy" Portugese police stereotype it's trying to deflect attention away from that.

    Well, as Joana's devastating put down shows, he hasn't done his basic job as a reporter.

  13. Joana and Astro Thank you for highlighting this aparents contraditions. I think, this should be sended to Mr. Pinto Monteiro, the Portuguese Atornney General. Maybe if the evidences are trowed at his eyes he can see how Portugal it is a motive of mockery in UK. Even G. Brown don't care about the litle girl. Only cares about the reputation of her parents. Very suspicious...

  14. I use to get furious everytime I saw Martin Brunt in TV, because of his systematical suport of the Mccann's and criticism on PJ. Today I change a little my feelings, since I notice that he have the same questions as we all have about the role of Leicester police in the investigation.

    OF-course, Leicester police are not looking for Madeleine. Better then PJ, they know what hapenned to Madeleine because they got access to FSS report before being sended to Portugal and they know more about the Mccann's pass then PJ. THEY KNOW... THERE IS NO POINT TO LOOK OR SEARCH FOR A DEAD GIRL. This is why they are getting stressed and annoyed by the journalists which insist on asking unconvennient questions.

    Today, I read some comments on portuguese newspapers and somebody commented that the Mccann's changed the Renault scenic when they went to Huelva and to the pope. Why? was the question... I never heard that before, but I think people from PDL and from Huelva much saw something and over the time more news will show-up.

  15. How about Martin Brunt spends a little time reminding people that Kate McCann still hasn't answered those 48 questions she refused to answer regarding the disappearance of her daughter. Is he not curious as to why she wont answer?

    There is also the question of a large blue sports bag that disappeared around the same time as Madeleine,(this information was according to Martin Brunt himself).

    Gerry McCann has since said he never owned such a bag, though on a photograph taken in the bedroom of the holiday apartment, right after the disappearance of Madeleine, there is what looks like a large blue bag in the wardrobe.

    The said bag in the photo is on the very shelf that the cadaver dog is alerting to several weeks later, but had gone by the time the dogs arrived.

    Perhaps Mr Brunt could apply his investigative skills to these mysteries and come up with some answers that make sense.

  16. Ironside (19:09), I wonder if he's been visited by Madeleine's ghost, pleading him for his help...

    I found the following particularly interesting:

    "Dennis has been asked by several well-wishers to investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. “I would be keen to be involved,” he said. “But it’s completely against my principles to do anything of the sort without being expressly asked to do so by the parents. When Holly and Jessica went missing, 3,000 psychics wrote in to offer their theories, most of them accusing Holly’s dad of the killing. I’m not like that, I wouldn’t dream of intruding.”"

    Hey, Mr. and Mrs. McCann, this man is willing to help, FOR FREE, no costs to the "fund"! So, what are you waiting for?...you've gone for Krugel, so why not?

  17. The British police are not the least bit interested in this case IMO. There is all the failure to supply credit card details, the phone records, text messages etc etc. There are so many discrepancies that any decent Police force would have multiple avenues to follow up. It is one of those cases that the Police will not follow up for whatever reason, political, not in the public interest, official secrets, whatever. That is why there is silence from the likes of the LP. The PJ went as far as they could but without vital information and co-operation it was no go.The Express raises the issue of the satellite images just to create a fuss and get more mileage out of the story, like its 2 years behind all the bloggers.

  18. Even though the case has been shelved for more than a year, Mr. Brunt can't resist taking another swipe at the Portuguese police. British journalists are either morons who can't spot a contradictory statement, if their lives depended on it, or immoral racists whose editorials are up for sale. Please don't tell me it's the libel laws that are responsible for their behaviour. The libel laws do not explain the constant attacks on the Portuguese police and Portugal. Any journalist of any value who has followed this case would know that the Portuguese police were prevented from doing a proper investigation. They would also know that the couple next in line to the throne still has a lot to explain, but perhaps the dynamic British journalists are just dynamic chickens running around with their heads cut off.


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