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Scotland Yard ready to wind down Madeleine search

by Brendan de Beer, in News · 30-08-2012 09:13:00 · 16 Comments

Scotland Yard detectives have admitted for the first time they might be ready to reduce their efforts in the search for Madeleine McCann.

Scotland Yard ready to wind down Madeleine search

Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has revealed that Scotland Yard is ready to wind down the search for Madeleine, who has been missing for over five years.
Reports over the weekend stated that Mr Hogan-Howe was looking for new commitments from UK Prime Minister David Cameron, indicating that British police could have reached the limit on how long they are willing to spend investigating the case.
“We are still reviewing a lot of material. It is a significant amount of money and we have quite a lot of officers tied up in this.
“There will be a point at which we and the Government will want to make a decision about what the likely outcome is.
“The Prime Minister agreed to fund this. We have not had any pressure to say you must stop spending more than x amount, we have received a lot of support. But by Christmas I would want a very clear view of what work is outstanding and what time line there is for that,” Mr Hogan-Howe was quoted as telling the London Evening Standard.
In April, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said Scotland Yard had “uncovered evidence during a review and believe Madeleine is still alive”.
The Attorney-General’s office in Lisbon has repeatedly said it would re-open the case “should new evidence emerge”, but no suggestions have emanated in the past five months suggesting a change in their view on the case.
The murder team within the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said in April that its year-long investigative review into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann had resulted in the emergence of new information.
Scotland Yard declined to disclose what evidence they had uncovered, but Redwood said he believed Madeleine had been abducted by a stranger.
The review team has cost British taxpayers in excess of £2 million and was created in the wake of calls by News Corporation titles The Sun and The Sunday Times on Prime Minister Cameron to order a review into the case – which he did soon afterwards in May 2011.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has in the past expressed support of the team’s creation, dubbed Operation Grange, saying detectives “are in a unique position in that their task is to compile and review material from three separate strands - the Portuguese investigation, inquiries by UK law enforcement agencies, and the work of private investigators/agencies.”
The team of officers is said to be still in the process of methodically going through material which they believe amounts to around 40,000 pieces of information equating to approximately 100,000 pages.
The intention is to identify from investigative opportunities which they have reportedly been presenting to the Portuguese authorities.
“The objective of the review team is to work with the Portuguese authorities with a view to having the case, which has remained closed since 2008, re-opened in due course”, the MPS said.
“From the outset we have approached this review with a completely open mind, placing Madeleine McCann at the heart of everything we do. We are working on the basis of two possibilities here. One is that Madeleine is still alive; and the second that she is sadly dead”, said DCI Andy Redwood.
A review team was also set up in Portugal and the task of liaising with Scotland Yard was given to a team of detectives from the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) in Oporto.
The team of detectives is under the guidance of Helena Monteiro and it is believed they only started their review in February of this year.
The case was formally shelved in July 2008 by the Attorney-General’s office.
Madeleine McCann disappeared from Praia da Luz on 3 May 2007 from an apartment where she was sleeping with her younger twin brother and sister while her parents dined at a nearby restaurant.


It would be helpful to those who work in child protection and try to assist young parents with their parenting skills and responsibilities ir Doctor Gerry McCann could FINALLY say "I'm sorry, we were WRONG to leave the children alone, please don't ever do this" Instead of "Of course we wish we were there at the moment Madeleine was taken" WTF does that mean? It is time for Scotland Yard to review the forensic evidence 16 out of 19 markers even in a mixed sample from 3 people is significant, It is time to have the hair evidence was assessed by a competent lab who can do what the FSS said they can't do and test for banding which appears in hair from a decomposing body. There is not a singlr piece of CREDIBLE evidence to suggest Madeleine was abducted. Mark Harrison and the English police in Portugal fully believed this was a murder case. Time for the British Gov to realise that this won't go away and the truth will finally emerge, like Bloody Sunday, Hillsborough and the rest. Goncalo Amaral is not just a competent, professional man, he is a hero, who has been Maleleine's ONLY champion in this sorry mess.
by Eileen C from UK on 22-09-2012 08:38:00
Don´t you ever again try to subvert situations and to put once more the blame on Inspector Gonçalo Amaral and Portuguese People´s Honour, People who did everything they could, namely contributing to Maddies´Parents Fund, to find Madeleine! Nobody and no Good Parents leave 3 little toddlers alone in a an appartment! No one who has civil responsibility does such a thing- it´s not a question of a cultural shock, but of a question of civil parental responsibility- do please read the article written by Jane Enright !
The same m.o. can be detected on the latest news about an English couple who abandoned a toddler on the streets of Carcavelos, where she could easily be kidnapped or killed by a car! They were completely drunk and a Portuguese newspaper found that the baby cries a lot when she is with her parents. Rings a bell about another one who cried for 70 minutes? For once stop being so ethnoccentric and self-centred and try to be decent and fair! And take good care of your children while not drinking so much- if you can´t help it do hire a sitter or bring your Mum on Mother-in-law while you want to party! Speaking of which- an year ago or so another completely drunk English couple left their children on their own at the streets of Albufeira! Is this the image you want to export about English Parents?
Gonçalo Amaral was a terrific Inspector and he is being persecuted because he simply did his job!
by Isabel Metello from Lisbon on 07-09-2012 04:13:00


by anonymous from Lisbon on 06-09-2012 12:56:00
They should not stop searching! I have been reading up about Madeleine case since i can remember. I recently read the book The truth of the lie and i must admit im uncertain about the case? just pray were ever Madeleine is that she is safe and unharmed that she will be home soon! What a beautiful child she deserves to be found! DON'T STOP LOOKING FOR MADELEINE!!!!
by Haley from Other on 06-09-2012 09:03:00
There is no such desire, exactly the opposite actually.

by Pedro from Lisbon on 04-09-2012 02:03:00
I'm unaware that the Met have indicated any such desire to wind it down. they were, as far as I'm aware, just asking if the review will continue to be funded, if the current money runs out.
by Nigel. from UK on 03-09-2012 06:04:00
reply to Chris: if only corrupt, incompetent, liar gonçalo amaral have not pursued, through his despicable behaviour, accusing innocents, without no shred of evidence to accuse them, if only gonçalo amaral preferred to go to his home, instead of showing his fat face at Praia da Luz, and did a proper, competent investigation, with the sole aim of finding an inocent child, instead of harm the investigation, which, hardly can be called investigation, and then, write books of lies to gain fame and fortune at the expenses of innocents he betrayed, this could have been solved in an hour or two. gonçalo amaral is the true, only responsible for that mess.
by anonymous from Lisbon on 03-09-2012 12:14:00
If only the McCann's had not been so irresponsible and tight fisted and employed a baby sitter for a few euros they would have saved us millions of pounds and themselves much heartache. I am amazed that two supposedly educated people would leave 3 children unattended while they wined and dined themselves. They only have themselves to blame for Madeleine's dissappearance.
by Chris from UK on 02-09-2012 11:29:00
I agree with Cat.
by anonymous from Lisbon on 02-09-2012 04:24:00
Scotland Yard SHOULD complete this Review otherwise the time and money already spent will be a complete waste. What use is half a Review?

In all honesty the Portuguese Government should reopen the Investigation with a new group of experienced Police Officers.

Madeleine McCann was taken and her family need to know Where? Why? and by whom?

If it were your child or a family members, what cap would you put on the cost of searching?
by Cat from UK on 02-09-2012 02:35:00
Sue, I agree with you.



Thanks to her parents determination, other missing children have been found. This is also positive about other missing children, which can also help to find them

Shawn Hornbeck, Jaycee Duggard. Natascha Kampusch, have being found alive, so can Madeleine McCann be found alive.

by anonymous from Lisbon on 02-09-2012 01:58:00
fred, you´re wrong, I disagree with you, tell me fred, if it was your child, what would you do? Joan, shut up, fred shut up. it´s easy for you joan or fred to write such stupid comment, it´s not your son or daughter. you joan, fred, you´re disgusting. your comments (fred, joan) are neither needed nor welcome.
by anonymous from Lisbon on 02-09-2012 01:52:00
I don't think the police should ever give up looking for Madeleine. My reason is, that i believe her abduction is connected to a huge pedophile ring. If they find out what happened to her, they might prevent the abduction of many more children. Also give some peace whatever the outcome to her poor parents. I commend them for refusing to give up the search. Why on earth should they. I would be the same if somebody took my beloved dog, let alone my child. Money should never be the reason to stop, we find enough money for useless causes, this isn't one.
by Sue from UK on 01-09-2012 09:41:00
Why keep looking ???......Just make her parents to tell the truth
by Geoff from UK on 31-08-2012 08:40:00
I agree with Fred, there is a limit to what anyone can do. The verdict of the Portuguese Police should have been enough. They made extensive searches, reports etc., and without further evidence could not prove anything without reasonable doubt. Calling in Scotland Yard was just another way of keeping the story running for the media. It gave no help to Madeleine, but ran an expensive debt for the taxpayers of the UK. Sadly, it would appear the McCann's seem to be the only people benefiting from this atrocity.
by Joan Tutty from Algarve on 31-08-2012 03:38:00
And not before time, what a waste of public money. The McCann’s have to stop spending everyone else’s money, especially when there is no reasonable grounds to believe that there is any hope of finding their daughter alive. Needless to say, I am sad for their loss, but there comes a time when you can’t squeeze pubic sympathy and money any more.
by Fred from Lisbon on 31-08-2012 01:06:00

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