Madeleine McCann – Police closing in on 3 suspects

Police are believed to be closing in on three prime suspects as Scotland Yard sent further pleas for assistance to Portuguese police as the search for Madeleine McCann continues.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Martin Hewitt, has said that a third letter has been sent to Portuguese police asking for help although the case is said to be moving forward in tempo.

The news comes as it was also confirmed that Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood had travelled to Portugal to meet senior officers in the Algarve. It was revealed in January that Scotland Yard had identified three suspects after analysis of mobile phone data showed that a gang of burglars were very close to the area where Madeleine was staying in May 2007. However no interviews have been requested or arrests made.

Police relaunched the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance last July, making fresh televised appeals that were shown in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. The huge response prompted Portuguese police to open their own review into the case although it had been closed in 2008.

Today Scotland Yard stressed that the third international letter of request is routine, letters of request are often used to ask the Portuguese police to carry out specific certain work on behalf of the British force and should be viewed a standard procedure in an inquiry.

Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, are being kept fully aware of proceedings.


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    • Frances G

      15 February 2014 • 00:52

      For background info join us here

    • Martin E

      14 February 2014 • 18:37

      Good luck!! I hope they get them.

    • JUDY

      14 February 2014 • 21:56

      The Portuguese still have jurisdiction in this case and then we have this

    • Pete Davies

      16 February 2014 • 21:09

      It would have over and done with 6 years ago if UK authorities had assisted the Portuguese, instead they withheld vital documents like the McCanns medical records, phone records, credit card details, not to mention the Gaspar Statements. Then the UK Gov put pressure on the PJ to close the case, not to mention the private investigation by the McCanns bogus detectives that ran alongside and hindered the official case. Now the British have the cheek to ask for assistance from the Portuguese. I say turn off the political pressure, hand over the information and let the Portuguese get on bring the two real suspects to trial.

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