Maddie cops cut open gates in new site search
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal have arrived to start searching a third site near where she went missing seven years ago.
British officers accompanied by their Portuguese counterparts were seen entering the grounds of a large property after using bolt cutters to open the tall metal gates outside. Earlier, police tape was stretched around the wall of the property, which is set back a few hundred yards from the road leading into Praia da Luz on the Algarve.
It follows a search of scrubland on the opposite side of the road yesterday morning which saw sniffer dogs from South Wales Police being used and officers using pickaxes and spades to dig into the hard ground. Graffiti slurring the McCann family and describing British police as "stupid" has been scrawled on a wall opposite the site as well as accusations against the McCanns, alleging they were responsible for her disappearance.
The new area is on the outskirts of the town, around 15 minutes walk from the Ocean Club resort where the McCann family were staying when the child went missing in May 2007, aged three.
Specialist teams spent last week scouring an area of land closer to the holiday apartment where they were staying.
The operation was extended after British police applied to the judiciary to spend an extra seven days in the resort but no work had been carried out previously this week due to a Portuguese national holiday. (© Daily Telegraph, London)