1.Everyone shall possess the right to freely express and publicise his thoughts in words, images or by any other means, as well as the right to inform others, inform himself and be informed without hindrance or discrimination 2.Exercise of the said rights shall not be hindered or limited by any type or form of censorship Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, Article 37.º

Yard asked to reopen Maddie case

By James Murray, Investigations Editor

SCOTLAND YARD should be brought in to take ­control of the investigation to discover what ­happened to Madeleine McCann.

Kate and Gerry McCann want the Yard’s ­renowned kidnap team to assess an avalanche of new information after last week’s emotional internet appeal, which ­generated five million hits from around the world.

Portuguese ­police, the Sunday Express can reveal, have failed to set up a new phone line for callers to ring with information.

Last night there was fury over the dismissive response. Interpol and Europol are among 163 ­forces worldwide that have committed to help with the appeal.

Portugal’s Policia Judiciaria is still ­in charge of the Madeleine case because that is where she disappeared over two years ago.

It would say only that if credible information comes in by fax, letter or email, it would be passed to senior officers if it was deemed “significant”.

There were also reservations last night about Leicestershire Police, who are aiding the ­investigation from this country ­because the McCanns live in their catchment area, at Rothley.

Last night former Scotland Yard chief Dai Davies said it was time to let the Yard take over.

The former royal protection head said: “Madeleine is a ­British subject and she deserves the best, which the Yard can provide. It is time to put any daft police protocols to one side and get on with the job of finding her. It is a solvable case.

“It is astonishing and disgraceful that the Portuguese have not assigned a specific team to scrutinise leads which could provide a breakthrough in the world’s biggest child abduction case.

“It is frankly outrageous that the parents of this poor child should be hiring private detectives to conduct an investigation which should have been taken on by the Yard in the first place.

“The Yard has a kidnap squad with a brilliant success record, and access to the best Holmes computer technology, forensics and investigative techniques in the world.”

Holmes, which stands for Home Office Large Major Enquiry System, is a state-of-the-art data system designed to deal with the huge volume of information major crimes ­generate.

Sources claimed last night that Leicestershire detectives have not been inputting all their information on Holmes.

Police forces across Britain have cracked scores of tough cases using the system because it can be programmed to ­highlight suspects and analyse the value of myriad leads.

No one was available at ­Leicestershire Police yesterday to confirm or deny the claims.

On Tuesday, Kate and Gerry, both doctors aged 41, made new television appeals via the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

They urged: “Please take a minute and help us bring Madeleine home. Let’s hope and pray this message reaches those who know who took Madeleine and they find the strength to do the right thing.”

On Friday, a Leicestershire ­Police spokesman said any new i­nformation from the CEOPC ­initiative would be passed on to the Portuguese who would consider credible lines of inquiry.

Requests from the Portuguese to carry out new inquiries in the UK would be co-ordinated by Leicestershire Police.

New images of Madeleine, who would now be six, were shown in a video in English, Arabic, ­Portuguese, Spanish, French, German and Italian.

One showed how she might ­appear if her skin had darkened and her hair had been dyed brown to make her look like­ ­other children if she is being held in Morocco or Tunisia.

Another time-generated image showed how she might look now with her natural blonde colouring if she is being kept in ­Northern Europe.

While Kate and Gerry McCann believe Leicestershire detectives have worked hard, they feel ­Scotland Yard’s experts on ­kidnap, forensics and offender profiling could bring much ­needed impetus to the inquiry.

Madeleine vanished, aged three, from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve on May 3 2007.

source: Sunday Express, 8.11.2009


  1. PJ do not need to set up any Hotlines. If anyone has any information we all know how to contact a Police Dept. The last thing the Mccanns want is for Scotland Yard to be involved. Regardless of what the Mccanns say there is enough circumstantial evidence to prove they were involved...as Mccann said himself 'Ask the Dogs'...I do not trust Jim Gamble or anyone who has a past with the RUC..Dave Edgar...etc.In my opinion it is LC dept that need investigating.

  2. the mccanns want the yard to help find madeleine, does any one believe this, just go back for a reconstuction and the case will be solved because the truth lies within the tapas7 and the mccanns

  3. i see above this comments box it is asking to speak your mind....well here! ive been invited carter ruck lolol

    thats it continue the lie of abduction scotland yard ..your the greatest!

    You will all have to face this one day soon, the wrath of the publics anger will find you all out and soon!
    Assisting in the cover up of the death of a 3y/o little british girl.
    I put that type of people in the "scum" bracket! along with the ones who's responsibility it was to take care of her.

    justice for madeleine !

    who died in apartment 5a ocean club and who's cadaver was concealed with help from others, some in high position within the British government!


  4. Good morning Joana , I have been left this message by Mr.Green ...

    Grenville Green, on November 7th, 2009 at Saturday,November,7,2009 Said:

    It is very sad Debbie has done what she has done with the encouragement of Stevo. In my opinion Stevo is behaving badly because he wants to control and keep The Madeleine Foundation web site as it is.

    As you know from the Carter-Ruck papers and Tony’s response conditions applied and it is those conditions Stevo appears to want Debbie to breach.

    I am of the strong opinion Stevo is using Debbie’s emotional state for his own ends.and it has backfired on both of them.

    Tony is a man of Integrity, there is no fraud. and a British child is still missing..

    We have a meeting on the 14th of this month, a new committee and all is not doom and gloom.

    KBO (Keep Buggering On)
    Sir Winston Churchill

  5. I like this. Of Course they don´t want Scotland Yard involved and the case reopened, but surely they need to respond to this in some way. But what can they say? : "Thanks all the same, but we don´t want Scotland Yard´s help. We think our two private investigators can do better"?

  6. Isto é o que se chama por os McCann 'entre a espada e a parede'; this is what is called putting the McCanns 'between a rock and a hard place'.

  7. The interesting part of the article is about over ruling Leicestershire police as the McCann's live in their catchment area.
    For the investigation to be taken out of the McCann's control would signal the beginnning of the end for them. More sleepless nights ahead Gerry & Kate.... Oh I forgot you said you were sleeping well from "week 2"

  8. Do they really want the real cops closing in around them?

    Oh that blue bag is looming larger!

  9. Once agin it is the PJ's fault init?
    Dont tickle them toooooo much! :D
    The mccann people, even in thier wildest dreams, do NOT want Madeleine's investigation to be re opened,never ever

  10. Do you know what I don't understand about this whole thing? At the beginning of this sorry saga we were shown images of a very young Madeleine. It was many weks before the "last photo" was shown. We continued to be shown a very young Madeleine and not pictures of her as she would have been on the day she disappeared. An aged progression was carried out in the US and we were shown that as how Madeleine would appear. Now we are being shown yet another age progression image of how she will appear - we are told. Does anyone really think that image(s) looked like a little 6 year old British child?

    Why do they keep changing her image. Does anyone really know what image they should be looking for?

    I despair of anyone saying the portuguese police should be setting up hot lines for this latest fiasco. Who in their right mind would go along with the absolute disgraceful behaviour of these parents and their "detectives". We are given the picture of a suspect, full blown publicity and then nothing - time and time again. It would surprise me if anyone paid any attention to the last fiasco after all the hype of pimpleman, bundleman and any other man they can use and abuse.

  11. Amazing that this kind of news always came out at the weekends. If there was not an insult at the portuguese Policia Judiciaria( The new PJ, not the one which works on May 2007), at Portugal and at the PGR, this article will be laughable. The Last Mccann's joke, peraphs to answer some critiism and suspition which went across Internet Foruns and blogs after their last assault into MF accounts.
    Somebody must send this article to PJ offices at Lisbon, to the Attornney general Pinto Monteiro, to smash at their faces what the Mccann's Team still doing against Portugal and portuguese justice.
    The article must be sended aswell to the Portuguese President of the Republic and to all the Partys representatives in the parliament, to dennounce who lies. The PGR always answer the journlists about that case, saying if some new evidences come out, the case will be re-openned and all the leads have been always ivestigated. On top of that it is completly untrue that Portugal has no number to call if a sight of a missing person hapen. When the Mccann's went to the EU to set the european Amber Alert, it was reported that portugal was one of the Countrys which have already that number. The Mccann's wrongly claimed being the authors of a phone number which already exists and it was a proposal of some members of the European parliament, which I can highlight the wife of European President, Margarida Sousa Uva. If no other number, people know that to call the police, we can always use the best way: CALL THE NUMBER OF LOCAL POLICES OFFICES.
    That article can only suit Mccann's agenda, showing how desesperate they are with news development in the Internet blogs. I don't believe the corruption also fits the Scotland yard. Who from Scotland Yard is working on the behalf of the Mccann's agenda? Who from Scotland Yard made such comments in the media about annother european police? IS MR. BROWN AWARE OF THAT STATEMENT? DID HE AGREE WITH WHAT SOMEBODY FROM HIS POLICE FORCES SAID ABOUT PORTUGAL AND PJ? This is very serious and very embarassing for Mr. Brown if he have a shame.
    We much spread this article to Portuguese newspapers. Lets see if somebody from Sol Newspaper, Correio da Manha or maybe Sandra Felgueiras from RTP will take care about that and expose what at all portuguese eyes seem's to be annother fraudulent propaganda.

    The Mccann's, they know, the only way to change the public opinion about them it is re-open the investigation and let a oficial police go in. But...this, if done in a properly way, it is too danger for them. The strategie now his to play with reputation of the two police forces and try to distract the public fom what is really suspicious... the connections with MF and Marcos Aragao.

    Dark, Very DARK... the subworld of this parents which want us to believe they are ONLY THE INNOCENT PARENTS OF A MISSING CHILD WHICH DISAPEARED IN A MIRACULOUS WINDOW OF OPORTUNNITY.

  12. Or do they think it's a subtle move to ask Scotland Yard to study the testimonies, knowing that nothing serious could come from them?
    It would be an answer to people who critizise them because they don't involve British police.
    I doubt Scotland Yard will take in charge such a task.As usual,it's imo smoke to try to convince people that they are sincere.But,it would be interesting if the Yard accepted, because it could be the first step to involve the Yard in a new inquiry.Dangerous.
    And if the Yard had a direct line, at least a lot of people could suggest interesting pistes : the Smiths, the Gaspars....


  13. So we're back to attacking the Portuguese police again. Why? Perhaps because if they'd not had so much interference and lack of cooperation, the case would have been solved by now?
    Way to go! - major media appeal with pictures of a teenage Maddie to suit all continents ... what do you get? - lots of new "leads". No wonder the PJ aren't wasting more of their precious time.

  14. Just going in Mccann's last campaaign game and been so dirty and so disgraceful as they are. I cross out Madeleine tan progression picture because a blonde girl never ever tan like that.
    I stay with madeleine's blonde age progression picture. The girl looks like a youn teenager, not like a 6 years old girl. then this picture ads nothing to Madeleine cause. It is a wasting of money for any inteligent police. But, I can say more.... Who made the Mccann's believing that the abductor will keep Madeleine as she was when she disapeared? Imagine, she with a huge scar on her face to try to change her apearence. Imagine her with an eye operation which went very wrong to try to change her eye birth mark? WHY THEY INSIST WITH A MADDIE WITHOUT ANY PHYSICAL DRAMATIC CHANGE? Now the world it is not anymore so isolated as 18 years ago, when Jaycee Dugard disapeared. INTERNET REACH ALL THE PLACES. CHILDS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD KNOW'S MADELEINE. Any abductor will have a hard work to keep her without been noticed. THEN...OR SHE IS NOT ALIVE ANYMORE, or if she is alive, SHE MUST WENT TO OME PHYSICAL DRAMATICAL CHANGES TO BECOME UNOTICED. REMEMBER....Paedos use childs as objects and they don't care about how pretty or ugly this childs look.

  15. Juandan said,
    This cover up goes right to the top, If Scotland Yard did get involved could you trust them? our system is rotten to the core,
    you don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to see this Despicable couple and there friend are involved with the desappearance of Madeleine, yet the British Media and Government still supports them, it makes me ashamed to be british

  16. When and where have the McCanns stated any such wish? No,this is just the Express being mischievous yet again and stirring things up a bit. The paper has no intention of letting this case lay to rest.

  17. An avalanche of new information resulted from the appeal. The article complains that the Portuguese police have not set up a special phone line to deal with calls.

    It further states, that the Portuguese say if any significant information comes in by phone, fax or email it will be passed to senior officers.

    That sounds about right to me.

    Doesn't look like the Portuguese received an avalanche of new significant information though?

    If there was an avalanche where did it hit? Someone must have taken these calls, and noted them, and thereafter passed them on to the Portuguese police.

    I think we would need to know who took these calls, and ask what they did with the information eh?

    Or am I just being silly? Or is James Murray just being silly?

    The headline leads one to believe there has been a request for the case to be re-opened, but fails to say if there actually has been a request made and by whom!

    Murray only states that the case SHOULD be re-opened. His opinion or simply that of Dai Davies?

    There are further babblings re Leicestershire police :

    'There were also reservations last night about Leicestershire Police, who are aiding the -investigation from this country ¬because the McCanns live in their catchment area, at Rothley.'

    Then we have the "wise" words of Dai Davies:

    'It is time to put any daft police protocols to one side and get on with the job of finding her. It is a solvable case.'


    Oh me oh my Dear Dai,

    I wonder what would have happened if any of the "daft" protocols subscribed to, in your time at the Yard were dismissed, brushed to one side?

    Only two things in the article which make sense:

    a) Case should be re-opened.
    b) It could be solvable.

    The rest? Pinch of salt!

    As, for the thousands and millions of hits to the site? A bit like selling a house, lots of people may come viewing, only one client can buy!


  18. Last month it was the satellites who were going to solve the riddle.
    This month, it's Scotland Yard. I won't believe it until I see the name of the Yard's officer in charge of the case.
    They should have thought about in in May 2007 instead of wanting their local plod to deal with it.
    Of course, back in May 2007 the Yard -without interference from higher up- might have solved the case in half a day.

  19. So, their competent detectives have thrown in the towel, or what? Millions spent on detectives of dubious competence for nothing? Were these diversion tactics? Smoke screens?
    Even though I do not swallow this piece of news, I wonder why should it take over two years to ask a proper police force to investigate the case?
    However, if the Scotland Yard takes this case, they will ask some very embarrassing questions to the McCanns to which they won't have credible answers. A shot on the foot by the McCanns?

  20. The 1 minute appeal video is not yet on Findmadeleine.com.
    Why not?
    If they are very responsible parents, they should be the first ones to publish it.

    Gerry, this is a confession!

  21. That Express headline is totally misleading. No one has actually asked Scotland Yard to take over the case. This is the Sunday Express just rattling the McCann's cage again. The Sunday Express aren't going to let this drop by the looks of things. I see the Daily Mail also have an article re the twins getting a psychologist. Could this be in response to the front page stories about the twins wanting to fight the 'abductor'? Damage control exercise?

  22. Dose Scotland Yard need the McCann's permission to start an enquirey into the dissapearance of Madeleine.
    It seams odd to say the least 2 and a half years later this appears in the Sunday Express.
    Surely if they felt sorry for the poor parents of Madeleine they would have acted before now.

  23. None of these papers, Sun, Express, Star etc allow comments on the McCann stories.
    Yet, there are countless threads of comments on important news such as Katie Price selling her ex-husband's dog or getting a new boob job.
    I would have thought that discussions on Madeleine were more important than Katie Price's tits, but there we are.

  24. There is a HOTLINE (not for Madeleine but for all missing children): dial 116 000 the European number that the McCann pretended to overide with their proposal for an Amber Alert. Remember Mr and Mrs McCann that nice trip to Brussels pretending to be the working with the EU Comission to start something that already existed???

    It's 116 000, I repeat in case you miss it...116 000

    I don't believe a single word in that article. The Scotland Yard would have initiated their own investigation ages ago, in the UK, if they wanted. After all this time, knowing that the case is filed in Portugal (so there is probably no more substantiated facts to share) and the Yard not having jurisdiction outside UK I don't see how they could star now a new investigation....

    .....this is just throwing more sand into the eyes of the public!

  25. The appeal is on the site of the Mccanns now. I checked it.

  26. Mr. James Murray is investigations EDITOR! :-o :-o
    No wonder the journalists write such miserable articles if their Editor writes such poorly informed (not only from research but just general comom knowledge)texts.

    It sounds almost like he asked a teenager to write a small composition from some scattered ideas he just scribbled in a fit of fantasy.

    I don't know the procedure in the UK, but in the majority of the European countries, the McCann would have to start by filing a formal complaint with the police in their area of residence about the disappearance of their child. Then it would be the local police to channel the case to the specialized branches, unless in Britain the several polices are totally independent and each one may be contacted according to the choice of the private citizens....

    I don't believe the McCann would appreciate that the Yard questioned all of them again, this time as they should have been before, not with twizers. There was also the risk that there would be a thorough revision on the forensics - if they have not been totally destroyed - in which case a few heads would be bond to roll off.

    Third, I don't see that the Scotland Yard would be very interested on this investigation since from the start they didn't cooperate with the PJ on what was asked from them.

    Surprisingly, this article implies that any private person or its representative is able to ask for the cooperation of international police forces as FBI, or to organizations like Europol or Interpol (that are not a police force but networks constituted by the police forces of the countries that signed in),...which are already cooperating since May 2007, as can be seen in their online missing persons pages.

    And to finish, once again there is the criticism on the competence of the PJ, forgetting that from May 7th (I think) until September 9th 2007, the team searching for Madeleine was composed by portuguese and british police.

    I wonder what is the aim of the article?!

    Since we are nearing Christmas time, and the McCann responded to Sandra in their last interview when asked about their finances, they said that when the money was running down they had to appeal to the public.

    We have better prepare for a new moving Christmas appeal for more pounds (I think they will not reject other currencies).

  27. I think if Dai Davies, as a former officer, is calling for Scotland Yard to reopen the case, this can only be a very welcome step - IF it is fully opened and revisited including the 48 unanswered questions, reconstructions,timelines, Tapas 9 evidence and changes in testimony, and DNA / evidence of the two dogs. Let's hope it is authentically followed through at the right level.

    It could be said too that, with so much pressure from internet forums, it won't be any easy matter to let issues slip. Much very good research IS now on the net and in the public domain. We want the truth and a full UK enquiry and we will be watching closely.

  28. 'It is a solvable case.'

    Yeah Dai, we know. Perhaps one Goncalo Amaral can help you out in this regard.


  29. What if they really are innocent?? The step father of that American girl that was missing for 18 years was a suspect for a long time and the truth that he wasn't took a long time to come!

  30. Comment 29

    If they are innocent, they have nothing to fear when the Yard start asking questions.

    I refer you to Joana Comment 6. A rock and a hard place, or if you prefer - The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

    The McCann's have not asked the Yard to re-open this case. But someone has been asked to rattle the McCann cage by the looks of it!


  31. “It is astonishing and disgraceful that the Portuguese have not assigned a specific team to scrutinise leads which could provide a breakthrough in the world’s biggest child abduction case.

    “It is frankly outrageous that the parents of this poor child should be hiring private detectives to conduct an investigation which should have been taken on by the Yard in the first place."

    Who else thinks this dude has a bug up his arse?
    If this news are true (coming from such "reliable" source as James Murray, "Investigations Editor") =)) then this Dai Davies needs to be informed that it's up to the McCann to ask the re-opening of the case; spending money on PI's has nothing to do with the PJ and quite frankly, he sounds like an idiot.
    What kind of cop he is/was, if he can't even have a clue of what he's going on about?
    As a man he can't be much as well, given the disrespectful and defamatory way he addresses foreign colleagues.
    He's got to be a disgruntled Everton fan (lost to Benfica 7-NILL on aggregate) :))

    The only bit I agree, is that the Investigation should and must be re-opened.

  32. If they are innocent they will ask about the dogs findings.
    They will do everything to help police clear their suspicions of them.
    They would have for the case not to be shelved because dont they want back Maddie. Only police can help them in that respect, not lawyers, not PR company and certainly no an official mouthpiece. No matter how much the mouthpiece talks it wont bring back Maddie.

    It's always civilised to grant them benefit of doubt, but they didnt do themselves any favours.

  33. Every when of us telephone the Leicestershire Police and tell them your suspiciopns and that the mccanns are responsible for the death of their daughter, if enough people call they will have to respond, call everyday if you have too..0116 222 2222.
    After that ring every Tabloid newspaper......

  34. We know that the McCanns don't want the case re-opened because they haven't asked for it to be re-opened in Portugal. But they want the public to believe that they want it re-opened, of course they know it won't be, hence this article.

  35. Although the headline says `Scotland Yard should re-open the case` the text below it just says that Kate and Gerry want the Yard`s Kidnap Team to work on the avalanche of new leads - therefore still suggesting `kidnap` and not `death in the apartment`. K &G do not want Scotland Yard investigating Maddie`s disappearance at all - unless of course Scotland Yard do it on their terms.

    Sunday Express have been quite clever here because the McCanns can`t contradict the statement that `Scotland Yard should re-open the case` - they can hardly say `Scotland Yard should NOT re-open the case`.

    I tend to agree with the poster that wouldn`t trust any UK based investigation - the whole establishment is probably riddled with corruption - all of them open to blackmail or ruination. Its probably the same in Portugal - it seems Goncalo Amaral is the shining light in the whole bunch and he has been ousted. I`m glad he has the backing of so many in Portugal and the numbers are increasing in the rest of the world.


  36. Call me bonkers but I believe there is movement in this case! I feel the McCanns are uneasy about something!

    PS: Following the CEOP appeal, is it worth one contacting their local police regarding the Gaspars' statements?

  37. Yes, the un-brainwashed majority (just about everyone here) can see what this is about!

    This is another welcome turn of the screw by the Express. I think they created this story. They've gone to Team McCann and got this minimal quote from them that it would help if Scotland Yard experts could help sift through the new "evidence" generated by their appeal. The Express has cleverly dressed this up as McCanns call for Scotland Yard to "reopen" the case. Which of course is the last thing they want. But could Clarrie or Gerry come out and say "No we don't want the case reopened"? I don't think so!

    So it will be interesting to see if the Express now build on this.

  38. An Excellent piece from Councillors Blog....will forward you the link...

    Sunday, 8 November 2009
    Today's Press report that the services of Scotland Yard and Britains top abduction squad are being asked to get involved with the Madeleine McCann (alleged) abduction case.

    Perhaps if the McCanns had not been so keen to criticise the Portuguese Police and decide on their own course of action we may have seen the case solved and an arrest made long ago, in fact within days or weeks of the alleged offence.

    We have read The Truth of the Lie, by Detective Amaral and the evidence presented gives an indication as to where the truth is. The most convincing is the smell of death unearthed by the trained ENGLISH dogs who found this evidence by the sofa in the lounge, in a wardrobe in the parents bedroom and in the car they hired.

    The other evidence points out discrepancies in the statements given by the various members of the holiday group together with other evidence gleaned from ordinary people who were witness to various incidents that happened around the apartment and in Luz itself.

    The McCanns have spent a veritble fortune on publicity, travel, PR gurus, spokespersons and private detective agencies and the presently employed detectives all to no avail. The World will probably be delighted to see the specialist British squad get involved and the whole matter brought to a conclusion. The Portuguese will give them all the assistance they need. However, do not denegrate what the Portuguese Police have done as the McCanns themselves appear to do. They were operating in a difficult situation with un-cooperative people who condemned their actions from day one and according to Amaral's book were more interested in defending their own position than helping to find the answers.

    It cannot happen soon enough, the World is waiting!

  39. http://thecouncilchamber.blogspot.com/2009_11_01_archive.html

    Link to the CouncillorBlog...TROLLS are heavily monitored

  40. I too think the Express are tightening the screws.
    Let's guess next Sunday's headlines...
    'McCanns demand full reconstruction with full British & Portuguese police co-operation.' Or how about 'McCanns request friend fully investigated for inappropriate behaviour towards Madeleine'?

  41. I am sure many Jounalists keep an eye on these anti McCann sites. It would be interesting to know what they really think and not just the rubbish they probably have to put into print, I think the story would be different if they stated their personal conclusions.
    The Express maybe treading very carefully but ultimately want their pound of flesh.

    Gerry states that it is scientifically proven that the dogs are unreliable, can anyone point me to this evidence please?.

    If there was a bullshit Olympics the Mc's would be serious contenders for the gold medals.

  42. After speaking with an off duty policeman that I know I was told that this case gets discussed at work in private and most of them wonder how the hell they have got away with it!, I bet this view goes for most forces around the country.
    I think that the majority view of anyone who has read the files is the same, as the evidence points in one direction only.

  43. ShuBob - Yes, I would have thought the Gaspars` statements were the obvious lead for CEOPS to follow - and the Smiths. For some reason someone has decided to disregard this vital information - who?

  44. Dai Davis "“It is astonishing and disgraceful that the Portuguese have not assigned a specific team to scrutinise leads which could provide a breakthrough in the world’s biggest child abduction case"

    It is also astonishing IMO that it has taken Davis over two years to make this statement and that he makes them against another Police Force so publicly. It is predictable that these sort of statements are being made following the release of the video - this will be milked for all it is worth - it is nothing to do with finding Madeleine it is about selling papers.

  45. Imho the McCanns were very stressed in the interview where Gamble was present not so much in others not even with Sandra only in places where she asked the difficult questions when the hand clasps got tighter (both his covering hers) etc. would love to hear what Martin Roberts would say about the body language

  46. to Anon 41

    Take a look at just how reliable cadaver dogs can be, google this;

    search ends for missing cowboy, body found/khou.com/local news

    The news item is from Texas about a cowboy who was missing and was found by cadaver dogs yesterdaY.

    I agree with you anon 41 regarding journalists keeping an eye on McCann sites, I also believe that the McCann Team also do.

    In defence for dogs who are not able to speak in our language but work with no other motive than to do a job they have been trained to do. In My opinion your reliability far out- reaches some humans.

    because after doing so it does'nt sound a bit serious !

    few examples :

    - Mr Dai Davis (who speaks on behalf of Scotland Yard) appears to be a FORMER Scotland Yard CHIEF...

    - "Last appeal have generated 5 MILLION HITS" (no sources mentionned to back that figure)

    - "Last night THERE WAS FURY over the dismissive response"
    (Indeed, but WHO was furious last night ??

    By the way, it was also "Last night"that Mr Davis, FORMER S.YARD Chief officer made his official statement... and since this article is issued on Sunday, the man made his statement Saturday night. So i suppose Mr James Murray, Investigations Editor, managed to complete his investigation last night, in order to provide the British lector his weekly dose of Maddie Story.

  48. It really does not matter how many hits the video has generated. It would make no difference, imo, if every single person in the world viewed that video clip, none at all. IF Madeleine was abducted and kept by a loving family - the scenario seemingly approved at the moment by the McCanns - then the other family members and friends already know and have been bombarded on the internet and media for two and a half years nad have ignored it so why would this little video change that?
    If Madeleine was abducted by a paedophile - the scenario favoured at various times since Madeleine disappeared - then by its very nature it will be a secretive thing and it's doubtful a child so young could have survived repeated abuse over a long period, at least hopefully not. So again, the video will have no effect. So what was the point of it?

  49. I've just been on the CEOP website and it's possible to report the Gaspars' statements about David Payne online here:


  50. A previous article from Dai Davies from 23 September 2007 in the Mirror
    At that time he thought that the McCanns were completely innocent but that Madeleine was most likely dead.
    I wonder if his opinion has changed at all, since the PJ files were released.

    Extracts from article
    "The police now need to halt their campaign to pin this awful crime on two innocent people and bring in new officers for a complete overhaul with fresh eyes. It's back to square one."

    "I am afraid to say it is most likely Maddie is dead. And I fear the failure of the Portuguese investigation could lead to the shadow of suspicion hanging over the McCanns for years to come.


  51. Anonymous 41 - here is some scientific evidence that cadaver dogs ARE reliable :-

    Forensic Sci Int 2008 Jan 15;174(1):35-9. Epub 2007 Apr 2.

    Cadaver dogs--a study on detection of contaminated carpet squares.
    Oesterhelweg L, Kröber S, Rottmann K, Willhöft J, Braun C, Thies N, Püschel K, Silkenath J, Gehl A.

    Institute of Legal Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg, Germany. lars.oesterhelweg@irm.unibe.ch

    INTRODUCTION: Cadaver dogs are known as valuable forensic tools in crime scene investigations. Scientific research attempting to verify their value is largely lacking, specifically for scents associated with the early postmortem interval. The aim of our investigation was the comparative evaluation of the reliability, accuracy, and specificity of three cadaver dogs belonging to the Hamburg State Police in the detection of scents during the early postmortem interval. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Carpet squares were used as an odor transporting media after they had been contaminated with the scent of two recently deceased bodies (PMI<3h). The contamination occurred for 2 min as well as 10 min without any direct contact between the carpet and the corpse. Comparative searches by the dogs were performed over a time period of 65 days (10 min contamination) and 35 days (2 min contamination). RESULTS: The results of this study indicate that the well-trained cadaver dog is an outstanding tool for crime scene investigation displaying excellent sensitivity (75-100), specificity (91-100), and having a positive predictive value (90-100), negative predictive value (90-100) as well as accuracy (92-100).

    PMID: 17403590 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


  52. Sorry, I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm NO fan, NO pro-McCann but I can't understand why someone keeps insisting that the "1 minute" video still is not in FindMadeleine.com! I have no idea if it was there from the start or if it was placed after people started asking why it wasn't(if it indeed wasn't), but it definitely was there yesterday (7th) and it is there today!
    Maybe people are looking in the wrong place...you have to click on "more information" while the image from that video is available( Maddie's face), then it scrolls down to the other two subjects and then the "more information" link directs you ONLY to the related subject!
    Try this:


  53. Anonymous "50"! Your link is ... or is not funny.

  54. I think the truth will out when Mr Gordon Brown is dead or politically dead

  55. Gordon Brown is on the ropes. He may throw the couple out to the dogs (excuse pun) if it means he'll win votes!

  56. Kate and Gerry McCann want the Yard’s ­renowned kidnap team
    IMO, express is playing game with McCanns.

  57. I firmly believe the net is starting to tighten.


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