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    Yeah, at last she can smile again. Picture I posted above proofs she also could smile shortly after her daughters disappearance.

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    Madeleine McCann’s parents have suffered nearly five years of ­heartache since she vanished – and frustration as the police inquiry ground to a halt.
    But yesterday Kate and Gerry were said to be “pleased” and “grateful” after police in Portugal pledged to look into the case again with British detectives.
    And their lawyer Rogerio Alves believes a review into how Madeleine disappeared from their Algarve holiday apartment was sparked by a fresh “specific” lead in the hunt.
    A crack Policia Judiciaria cold case unit has been assigned to the ­investigation to work alongside Scotland Yard murder squad officers.
    Mr Alves said: “It’s not certain, but what’s happening at the moment is that some of the information passed to the authorities could lead to a reopening of the case.
    "There is something that aroused enough interest from the ­Portuguese and British police to warrant this review in search of new clues.
    “The most plausible explanation is that information passed to or acquired by the Judicial Police has put them on the trail of something specific.
    “More than anything Kate and Gerry want to discover what happened to their daughter, whilst, of course, harbouring the hope of finding her alive.
    “For that to happen, the police need to carry on looking for her and carrying on following the leads at their disposal.”
    The McCann’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell added: “Kate and Gerry welcome this review. They see it as a positive development.
    “Eventually they hope it will lead to the case being fully reopened by the Portuguese authorities.
    “They are also pleased by the clear co-operation between the Metropolitan Police and the Policia Judiciaria.
    “They hope the review will establish what happened to Madeleine and they remain grateful for the time and resources being put into the search.”
    It is the first time Portuguese ­authorities have looked at the case since shelving their much-criticised ­original probe in 2008.
    Crucially, the new team, from Porto, have never worked on the Madeleine hunt before.
    They have been instructed to go over the thousands of pages of case files. The team will work with more than 30 Scotland Yard detectives conducting their own cold case investigation.
    The Portuguese review is being carried out by the Policia Judiciaria’s Regional Section of Criminal ­Investigation and Prevention.
    Sources said police, led by senior investigator Helena Monteiro, went to the Algarve for a high-level meeting this week.
    Policia Judiciaria deputy chief Pedro do Carmo said: “Despite having been formally archived, we continue to have an unexplained disappearance.
    "The archiving does not mean the PJ have less interest in establishing what happened or finding answers.
    “The British authorities have set up a team to review the ­investigation. They have been to Portugal and agreed to collaborate with the PJ.
    "We are doing the same. The Porto team is very ­experienced in these cases.”
    He stressed the case had not been reopened. A Policia ­Judiciaria ­spokeswoman said: “The PJ leadership wants to have another look at the case and to work with British authorities.
    "Only the attorney general’s office can order the reopening of a case and only if there was strong new evidence.
    “At the moment that has not happened.”
    The Scotland Yard review, called Operation Grange, was launched after a request from Home Secretary Theresa May. Detectives have already made at least four trips to Portugal and Spain.
    Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, have repeatedly called on Portugal to resume the search for their daughter, who would now be seven.
    Madeleine was just days short of her fourth birthday when she vanished from Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007 as her parents ate in a tapas bar nearby with friends.
    The couple were made suspects but later cleared of any involvement in the youngster’s disappearance.
    May 3, 2007: Madeleine, three, vanishes from her family’s ground-floor apartment at the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
    May 15, 2007: British-born Robert Murat is made a formal suspect, or arguido, following a search of his mother’s home in the resort.
    September 7, 2007: Portuguese police declare Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann are also formal suspects in the disappearance.
    September 9, 2007: Kate and Gerry return home to Rothley, Leics.
    July 21, 2009: Portuguese authorities shelve their investigation and clear the McCanns and Mr Murat.
    May 23, 2011: Home Secretary Theresa May announces a Scotland Yard review of the McCann case.

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    And another sighting..

    There is a picture, it is in the link below..I for sure don't believe it is her, as I am convinced her parents and everyone with them on that holiday knows exactly what happened to this little girl. I just feel sorry for Madeleine.

    Maddie ‘is with German family’ Holiday sighting probe

    BRITISH cops were last night probing a possible sighting of Madeleine McCann — on a holiday jet from Ibiza to Munich.
    Tourist Frank Bode, 42, said he saw a girl resembling Maddie with a German family.

    The businessman took a blurry picture of the youngster who he said was British and did not seem to fit in with the family.

    He was so convinced it was Maddie — who vanished in Portugal in 2007 days before her fourth birthday — that he immediately contacted “Find Madeleine” investigators in the UK.

    Scotland Yard cops then spoke to him at great length about what he saw and are following up his claims.

    German Mr Bode — who saw the girl at Spain’s Ibiza airport as he returned home from a break earlier this month — said: “My intuition told me the youngster, who was seven to ten years old, could be Madeleine.

    “She didn’t seem to fit with her family at all. Her father was clearly German, as were her two brothers — both around ten to 12 years old — but her mother appeared to be British.

    "They were all speaking German — except for the girl, who I heard speaking British English.”

    The printing firm sales boss took his snap on a transit bus taking passengers to the plane.

    And while on the two-hour Lufthansa flight to Munich he sat close to the family and kept an eye on the girl.

    Mr Bode said: “The two boys were touching her strangely and the girl seemed out of place — nervous and stuttering.

    "Her mother, who bore no resemblance to her, was a strange woman who didn’t talk on the entire trip.

    I was never very interested in the Maddie case but I felt something was up. I showed the photo to
    some of my friends who agreed it could be her.”

    Kate and Gerry McCann’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell said last night: “Kate and Gerry are aware of this information, as are the British police.”

    A Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed they had received new information from Mr Bode and said: “We are aware, but we are not providing a running commentary on this case.”

    A major Scotland Yard review of the case was launched in May last year after a request from Home Secretary Theresa May supported by David Cameron.

    Maddie — who would be nine now — went missing from her parents’ holiday apartment in Praia da Luz. The Portuguese investigation into the case was formally shelved in July 2008.

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    Madeleine McCann: Is Missing Toddler Buried Under Driveway Close To Abduction Site?

    A self-styled investigator hunting for Madeleine McCann says he has found a burial site under a driveway in the Portuguese town where she went missing in five years ago.

    Stephen Birch, who invested £30,000 of his own money investigating the case, says the site in question is on a property not far from where the toddler was last seen.

    Birch, a South African property developer has asked Portuguese authorities to excavate the area after making ground radar scans, but the request has been refused.

    Birch told the Huffington Post: "The scans indicate that the ground beneath the gravel driveway was disturbed and something lies buried underneath the driveway."

    Birch received a letter from the Portuguese Prime Minister's office on September 10, which included a response from Almeida Rodrigues, head of Portugal's judicial police.

    According to the letter, authorities examined the same location with a ground-penetrating radar device in 2007 and did not find any areas of interest.

    "Therefore, we are of the opinion that this does not justify the realisation of the desired diligence by the advocate," they wrote.

    Carter-Ruck, the law firm representing Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann, said they stand behind the decision of the authorities not to dig.

    In July Birch said he had passed radar scans to Scotland Yard, who are conducting an investigative review of the case.

    He told Sky News: “All I want to do is solve the mystery and bring closure to Madeleine’s family. I am convinced she lies where I have scanned.

    “I’ve had the scans analysed and they show digging, a void and what could be human bones.”

    Madeleine was nearly four-years-old when she vanished in 2007 from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz as her parents dined with friends at a tapas bar nearby.

    Her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, continue their search, claiming: “There is absolutely nothing to suggest that Madeleine has been harmed.”

    A spokesman for Scotland Yard told Huffington Post UK he was "not prepared to discuss specific lines of inquiry."

    I would love to see pictures of those scans

    They were working on the roads near the hotel if I am correct, but I also thought those roads were investigated after her disappearance?

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    Police hunting for Madeleine McCann seal off land in Portugal as they prepare to start digging

    Officers are guarding a hilltop in Praia da Luz where dig will start today
    Scotland Yard detectives have arrived in Portugal to oversee excavation
    Radar equipment and digging machinery in place on land near McCann hotel

    Police searching for Madeleine McCann have sealed off wasteland close to where she disappeared in Portugal as they prepare to start digging today.

    The search site is 300 metres from the Praia da Luz apartment she vanished from and close to where a suspect was seen with a girl in his arms on the night she was abducted in May 2007.

    The extensive groundwork, using radar equipment and mechanical diggers, will be the most significant police activity in years as part of renewed work to finally solve the mystery of Madeleine's disappearance.

    Scotland Yard detectives arrived in Portugal late last night ahead of excavations. The team is expected to oversee searches throughout this week.

    Overnight, Portuguese police sealed off a large area of the coast in Praia‎ da Luz with official tape ahead of crucial digs.

    At dawn they had parked on the top of a large area of wasteland, with officers scouring the area with large binoculars.

    Officers on foot, meanwhile, circled the area with dogs.

    Met Police detectives, who flew in to Portugal late last night‎, are expected to join with radar and digging equipment later in the day.

    Local sources said more than a dozen British officers have travelled to Portugal, with technical equipment and sniffer dogs.

    The gear has been brought over from the UK and will be used on a key area of wasteland, 300 metres from the Ocean Club apartments.

    The site has reportedly been selected because of its close vacinity to the Ocean Club resort and because it is in the direction of the spot where a suspect was seen walking with a little girl in his arms the night of Madeleine’s disappearance‎.

    Officers will work with geologists, archaeologists and sniffer dogs to assess the land. Picks will then be used to start excavations and diggers will be brought in if they need to probe deeper underground.

    When digging starts, ‎police tents are going to be used on the site to prevent the public spotting what has been found before tests are conducted.

    After about two days at the site, officers are expected to excavate two other key locations in Praia da Luz.

    The groundwork follows delicate negotiations between Scotland Yard and Portuguese authorities.

    A police source said: 'The Policia Judiciaria has the resources needed for this work but despite this they have preferred to bring all the technical resources from England, including archeologists, sniffer dogs and a ground-penetrating radar. The Portuguese resources are pickaxes and a digger.'

    The first site to be excavated is ‎the size of at least three football pitches. The ground, which used to be used to grow cabbages, is hard and covered with bushes and thick grass.

    The land is said to be privately owned by a company run by Belmiror de Azevedo, a well known Portuguese entrepreneur, ranked by Forbes as the 605th richest person in the world and the 2nd richest in Portugal.

    The new search operation in Praia da Luz, seven years after the disappearance of Madeleine, has provoked indignation among the local population.

    One local restaurant owner in the resort said: 'There are tourists that even cancelled apartment rentals where they were going to spend holidays here when they heard about this police investigation.'

    Last night, a team of British detectives were seen arriving at Faro airport, an hour away from Praia da Luz. They left by a side door after a British Airways flight from Gatwick. And are thought to have headed to a nearby hotel.

    Other areas of interest include an area beside the beach and roads by the Our Lady of the Light church where Madeleine’s parents prayed after she vanished.

    While British detectives instigated the new searches and will cover the costs, it is thought they will only be allowed to supervise.

    Operation Grange was set up in 2011 to investigate Madeleine’s disappearance after David Cameron ordered Scotland Yard to review all the evidence in the case.

    Madeleine, now 11, was three years old when she vanished. The Met Police said it was not prepared to provide a ‘running commentary’ on the inquiry‎.

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    Sniffer dogs from the UK, they did a good job before, after Madeleine's disappearance, but some folks didn't like the results.

    Kate and Gerry McCann's legal team have consulted the lawyers of an American man accused of murdering his estranged wife in a case where cadaver dog evidence was key, a source said today.

    Two British sniffer dogs, one capable of detecting blood and human remains, were brought to Portugal in early August.

    The cadaver dog picked up a "scent of death" on everything from Mrs McCann's clothes to missing Madeleine's favourite soft toy Cuddle Cat, according to reports.

    During police interviews the McCanns were shown a video of the animal "going crazy" when it approached their Renault Scenic hire car, newspapers have claimed.

    Leaked reports from the investigation have suggested Madeleine's parents could have accidentally killed her and then disposed of her body using the car.

    Although they do not know the full details of Portuguese prosecutors' case against them, the McCanns are concerned it may rest on the dog's reaction.

    They want to highlight the judge's dismissal of cadaver dog evidence in the high-profile Eugene Zapata murder trial in Madison, Wisconsin.

    The couple's lawyers have already contacted Zapata's defence team, who are now sending their large file on the matter to Britain.

    Zapata's estranged wife, flight instructor Jeanette Zapata, was 37 when she vanished on October 11 1976 after seeing her three children off to school. Her body has never been found.

    Detectives suspected Zapata of involvement in her disappearance but did not charge him because of a lack of evidence.

    Police decided to conduct new searches using cadaver dogs, a new investigative technique, when an old friend of Mrs Zapata contacted them about the case in 2004.

    Zapata, 68, was charged with first-degree murder last year after the dogs indicated they sniffed human remains in a small basement "crawl space" at the former family home in Madison and other properties linked to him.

    But Dane County Judge Patrick Fiedler ruled last month that the evidence that led to the charge could not be put before the jury.

    He said the dogs were too unreliable in detecting the odour of remains and noted that no remains were actually found.

    The judge agreed with an analysis of the three dogs' track record by Zapata's defence team that found they were incorrect 78 per cent, 71 per cent and 62 per cent of the time.

    According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Mr Fiedler told the court: "The state has failed to convince me that it's any more reliable than the flip of a coin."

    Zapata denies murder, and the jury in the case went out on Friday to start considering its verdict.

    A source close to the McCanns' solicitors said: "The legal team are in touch with the lawyers who represented the defendant in the case.

    "The court papers, giving the legal submissions, are on their way to the McCann team for consideration.

    "At the moment there are no formal charges and therefore there is no formal allegation against which the McCann team can work. We are having to work a little bit in the dark.

    "But given that we understand the central plank of what the police are alleging involves sniffer dogs - albeit British ones which are said to be particularly good - this is important and relevant, and will be raised with the police and brought to the judge's attention."

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    Kate and Gerry McCann ready for 'significant news' on missing Madeleine as British police prepare to dig up wasteland in Portugal

    Up to 30 British police searching hilltop in Praia da Luz, Portugal
    Site is 300 metres from apartment where Madeleine disappeared in May 2007
    Parents Gerry and Kate ready for 'significant news' but are not in Portugal
    Their lawyer has said the groundwork marks 'a stressful time for them'
    Radar and diggers to be used to try to find out if she is hidden on scrubland
    Police focussing search on area where mystery man seen carrying a child

    Kate and Gerry McCann are ready for 'significant news' on the fate of their daughter Madeleine as British police today prepare to dig up wasteland 300 metres from where she disappeared in 2007.

    A team of 30 Scotland Yard detectives with dogs, picks and shovels will continue searching scrubland in Praia da Luz, a five-minute walk from the apartment where she was last seen alive.

    Kate, 46, and Gerry, 45, have not travelled to Portugal but are being kept informed by Scotland Yard during a 'stressful time for them'.

    'They understandably have to remain positive and assume Madeleine is alive, but the dig raises the possibility of finding evidence that she is not', a source close to the couple said.

    The wasteland, about the size of three football pitches, has reportedly been chosen because it is close to where a suspect was seen with a little girl in his arms on the night three-year-old Madeleine vanished seven years ago.

    The family's Portuguese lawyer has said the family know police would not be digging there unless they 'have some very good information'.

    Isabel Duarte said: 'Kate and Gerry have not been given any information that Madeleine is dead, and until this happens they have to believe she is still alive.

    'But they think police will come up with some significant news. It is such a stressful time for them and my heart goes out to them. It has been so long, and the investigating officers now have new information and there may finally be some answers.

    'I don't need to ask them how they are feeling. It is very clear. But it is not for me to say if they fear the worst.'

    Police spent all day at the site yesterday, and will return again today with work likely to continue for the rest of the week.

    Geologists and archaeologists have been consulted, and it is thought officers will use ground-penetrating radar before bringing in mechanical diggers.

    A military plane flew overhead yesterday and a remote-control drone was used to assess the four-acre search site as Portuguese officers searched with dogs.

    After years of negotiations with Portuguese authorities, the Metropolitan Police was given permission to start groundwork last month as part of its re-investigation of the case, instigated by David Cameron in 2011.

    The land close to the beach was sealed off early yesterday morning by Portuguese police.

    British officers could be seen removing spades and picks from the back of one of five vans before hammering posts into sections of the scrubland.

    Three large white tents were set up on the site overlooking the Atlantic.

    Sources said police would dig inside the tents to prevent the public being able to see any items that may be unearthed before they are forensically tested.

    The initial groundwork was overseen by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is liaising with Faro Policia Judiciaria chief Luis Mota Carmo.

    As part of Operation Grange, Scotland Yard has submitted three so-called letters of requests to Portuguese legal authorities, which identify 41 priority areas of work and include 287 requests.

    Police have compared satellite images taken round the time Madeleine disappeared with up-to-date pictures to analyse whether there have been any significant changes to the ground.

    The wasteland, which was once used to grow cabbages, is said to be owned by a company run by Belmiro de Azevedo, a Portuguese entrepreneur ranked the 605th richest person in the world and the 2nd in Portugal.

    After work is completed, officers will move on to two other sites in the resort, including another area of scrubland nearby and roads close to Our Lady Of The Light church where Madeleine’s parents prayed after she vanished.

    Radar scanners that can penetrate to depths of up to four metres are to be used across the Praia da Luz scrubland.

    Experts say that the dry and hot climate will help them search deeper than usual for evidence in the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann.

    The scanners can easily identify unusual objects or voids under the ground.

    Police are currently marking out areas of interest on the wasteland - a few minutes' walk from where the British girl was last seen in 2007.

    The site is also being scoured by officers with specialist sniffer dogs.

    Any areas 'of interest' will be then scanned by the radar equipment, hidden inside tents in case anything is found.

    Mechanical diggers will then be used if police need to take evidence from under the ground.

    Expert Rom Gostomski, who runs the ground penetrating radar department for Sandberg in London, says that dry ground and temperatures in Portugal will help them look significantly deeper than possible in the UK.

    He told Sky News: 'The radar uses electro-magnetic waves that are fired into the sub-surface at a pretty rapid rate and we measure what comes back from those signals.

    'GPR works best in dry conditions - it doesn't like wet saturated ground because of the high dissolved mineral content.

    'In a dry country like Portugal you'll generally get much, much better data and penetrate much deeper.'

    'If you have got a buried object that is sufficiently different, with different properties from the surrounding area, it will show up very, very clearly'.

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    Police hunting for Madeleine McCann in resort where she disappeared 'will search sewers'

    Detectives will 'lower cameras on fibre-optic cables into Ocean Club sewers'
    Police will continue searching scrubland in Praia da Luz on the Algarve
    They are using radar and diggers after finding hole covered with iron sheet
    Site is 1,000ft from apartment where Madeleine disappeared in May 2007
    Search concentrated on area where mystery man was seen carrying a child

    Detectives hunting for Madeleine McCann will search sewer pipes around the holiday resort where she went missing in 2007, reports claim.

    Using cameras attached to fibre-optic cables, Scotland Yard officers are said to be looking for objects that may have been abandoned soon after the disappearance in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

    The development comes 24 hours after the team found a hole in the ground covered with wood, an iron sheet, and mounds of earth 1,000ft from the Ocean Club.

    It is not yet known what led them to the specific area yesterday afternoon or what they found in the shaft.

    Madeleine’s parents Kate, 46, and Gerry, 45, are being kept informed throughout the excavation work. They are said to be bracing themselves for ‘significant news’.

    According to local media, the sewer searches will start this afternoon and detectives plan to explore two more plots.

    As part of Operation Grange, the force has made 287 requests for action to Portuguese legal authorities, which identify 41 priority areas of work.

    They have just three more days of permitted time to finish digging around the coast, which they returned to this morning, in the hope of finally solving the mystery of what happened to Madeleine.

    The overgrown land – one of three key locations officers want to dig up – is the size of three football pitches and has been chosen because it is in the direction being taken by a suspect spotted carrying a little girl on the night Madeleine went missing.

    Using chainsaws, picks and spades, officers have been conducting pains-taking searches of the scrubland just a five-minute walk from the Ocean Club apartments where Madeleine was last seen alive in May 2007.

    Local newspaper Correio da Manha today reported: 'At this point in time, there’s still no sign of the existence of human remains.

    'The area marked off by the animals is now going to be subjected to more intense searches.

    'Mechanical diggers are expected today.'

    While Scotland Yard refuse to give a running commentary on the investigation, Portuguese police are said to be pessimistic about the potential findings.

    Correio da Manha wrote: 'The Policia Judiciaria have witnessed all the English police operations but they don’t expect anything to come of them.

    'For the PJ it’s not credible that Madeleine’s body is buried on the site or that remains will be found.'

    Yesterday, specialist teams are thought to have used ground-penetrating radar equipment to look for disturbed earth.

    The device uses radar pulses to take images of the subsurface of the ground.

    It can be used to check for disturbance in a variety of substances, including rock, soil, ice and fresh water. It can also be used to detect voids and cracks in buildings and under pavements.

    The large area of scrubland, just a few minutes' walk from the holiday apartment Madeleine was staying in with her family, is bordered by villas and town houses with one section alongside a road.

    The site is dominated by a large mound in the middle where police have been parking their vehicles and officers stand watch with binoculars, monitoring the movements of the scores of press gathered below.

    As well as the small section of land the radar equipment was used in, officers also appear to be focusing on a flat area to one side of the slope, where soil samples have been taken.

    Forestry workers were today continuing to clear away undergrowth from the spot, using strimmers to aid the search.

    Officers have also been seen shovelling earth into buckets which has then been taken away for examination.

    Small yellow marker flags poking out of the ground are being used to mark specific sites of interest while tape has been laid on the ground as police carry out their methodical search.

    Dressed in Metropolitan Police uniforms, officers scoured the long grass on their hands and knees and collected soil samples, while being advised by forensic archaeologists and anthropologists from the UK.

    Portuguese officers on horseback patrolled the area, while others had German shepherd dogs.

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    'It reinforces our belief that she could be alive': Madeleine McCann's parents are positive after no evidence is found of her death so far in new investigation
    Detectives have finished eight-day search around Praia da Luz, Portugal
    Kate and Gerry McCann say they still believe their child could still be alive
    'We're encouraged that despite the intensive searches, no trace of Madeleine has been found and this reinforces our belief she could still be alive'
    Couple are flying to Portugal for libel case of disgraced Portuguese detective
    Police chief Goncalo Amaral claimed the couple murdered their daughter
    Madeleine, three, from Rothley, Leicestershire, vanished during 2007 holiday

    Madeleine McCann's parents said today their belief she could be alive has been 'reinforced' after police failed to find any clues during an eight-day search operation in Portugal.

    Kate and Gerry McCann said they were 'very pleased' forensic searches had taken place in Praia da Luz and it was 'gratifying' to know more will happen over the coming months.

    Scotland Yard yesterday abandoned their search of land close to where Madeleine vanished in 2007, but said the multi-million-pound inquiry will soon move into a new phase after negotiations with the Portuguese authorities.

    Mr and Mrs McCann said in a statement today: 'We are very pleased that significant activity has taken place in Praia da Luz over the last 10 days.

    'We are further encouraged that despite the intensive searches, no trace of Madeleine has been found and this reinforces our belief that she could still be alive.

    'As parents of a missing child, we have always wanted all reasonable lines of inquiry to be followed and it is gratifying to know that a substantial amount of work will take place over the coming months with the close co-operation of the British and Portuguese authorities.

    'We would like to thank all those involved for their efforts and the members of the public who have come forward with information.'

    Mr and Mrs McCann are expected to return to Portugal on Monday, where they will deliver statements to the libel trial of former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral, who the McCanns are suing over claims in his book The Truth Of The Lie.

    He claims in his book that they faked their daughter's abduction to cover up her death in their holiday apartment.

    Spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: 'I can confirm that Kate and Gerry are planning to attend court in Lisbon on Monday when they will give their personal statements having successfully appealed to do so.'

    Senior officers said the searches were the ‘first phase’ of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine, who was three when she went missing in Praia da Luz in May 2007, and more activity will ‘commence shortly’.

    This could include the arrest of a handful of suspects who detectives suspect may be able to cast fresh light on the notorious case.

    The announcement came just hours after graffiti was daubed in large orange letters on a brick wall opposite one of the search areas.

    Written in Portuguese, the misspelled message translated as: ‘Maddie’s parents killed her. English police are stupid!’

    The attack was the latest sign of anger among locals at the high-profile police inquiry, which is taking place as the annual tourist season takes off.

    Business owners have been joking that the police operation is a new tourist attraction, with many visitors asking for directions to the latest search site.

    Over the past eight days, officers have undertaken the biggest search undertaken overseas by a team of British police.

    They have searched to the ‘highest possible standards’ an area of scrubland equal in size to around nine football pitches.

    This included checking water pipes, drainage channels and derelict buildings around the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz on the Algarve.

    Police also searched a horseshoe-shaped piece of waste ground that was specifically identified as an area of interest by the latest inquiry.

    A Met spokesman said 41 ‘ground anomalies’ – areas where the earth had been disturbed – were discovered by aerial surveys and ground-penetrating radar equipment.

    These sites, which included three outside the original area, were then painstakingly checked by search teams. The spokesman added: ‘At this time no evidence relating to Madeleine McCann has been identified.

    ‘However it has given us an essential understanding of the activity on – and people that have used – this piece of land.

    ‘This was the first phase of this major investigation, which has been agreed with the Portuguese following the four International Letters of Request submitted to date. More activity has been agreed and we expect that to commence shortly.

    ‘In addition, further requests are being compiled and will be submitted in due course.’

    The Met launched a fresh investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance in 2011, codenamed Operation Grange.

    Senior officers stress that the operation in Portugal mirrors what would take place in Britain for a murder or high-risk missing person inquiry. They say there is still a ‘substantial amount of work’ to be done in the coming weeks and months.

    Police said the searches covered ‘just the one hypothesis’ that Madeleine was killed and buried locally. There are many others.

    The dawn-to-dusk searches have involved teams of officers armed with pickaxes, spades and specialist search dogs.

    Accompanied by Portuguese officers, they examined three sites and removed several items for further analysis.

    One shopkeeper was sceptical over whether the searches would bring police any close to finding Madeleine. ‘People keep coming in asking what’s going on and where,’ he said. ‘It seems to be the new tourist attraction.

    ‘It is a beautiful resort and shouldn’t be spoiled by searches for a girl who disappeared a long time ago and will probably never be found.’

    I read the book, Mr. Amaral wrote what a lot of people think. And there were Eddie and Keela who's findings were dismissed, great dogs, one of them is working with the FBI nowadays.

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    Brenda Leyland, 63, was found dead at a Marriott hotel in Leicester
    She was one of the trolls accused of targeting internet abuse at McCanns
    Mrs Leyland was confronted by Sky News reporter at her village home
    Trolls claim that the McCanns were involved in daughter's disappearance
    Last week Gerry McCann said an example should be made of 'vile' trolls

    We are in the Secret Madeleine McCann Troll Dossier

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