Friday 28 November 2014

Maddie cops cut open gates in new site search

By Alice Philipson

Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

Missing Madeleine McCann
Missing Madeleine McCann
British police and their Portuguese counterparts investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann seven years ago from Praia da Luz on the Algarve, in Portugal during a search of a patch of scrubland just outside of the small coastal town as the search for clues enters a second week
A member of Scotland Yard rests with a sniffer dog during the search for missing British girl Madeleine McCann in Praia da Luz, near Lagos. McCann was three when she disappeared from her room at the Praia da Luz holiday resort in the Algarve in May 2007 while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby restaurant, prompting a global hunt and worldwide headlines
A Portuguese police officer rolls up police tape during the search for missing British girl Madeleine McCann in Praia da Luz, near Lagos
British police and their Portuguese counterparts investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann seven years ago from Praia da Luz on the Algarve, in Portugal erect a tent during a search of a third area of scrubland in the grounds of a shuttered house just outside of the small coastal town as the search for clues enters a second week
British police pass near graffiti at an area during the search for missing British girl Madeleine McCann in Praia da Luz, near Lagos. The full graffiti reads as "Parents killed Maddie" (not pictured), "British policemen stupid"

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)

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