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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Police to quiz 'several' Maddie probe suspects

Dominic Harris

Published 09/06/2014 | 02:30

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Madeleine McCann. Photo: PA
Madeleine McCann. Photo: PA
Kate and Gerry McCann
Kate and Gerry McCann

Police in Portugal are likely to interview "several suspects" in the near future over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it was reported.

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British police have spent the last week searching an area of scrubland close to where she went missing in the Algarve holiday resort seven years ago.

It was reported on Friday that Scotland Yard has been granted permission from the Portuguese authorities to question three suspects.

But the BBC claimed Portuguese police said more than three people would be interviewed over the coming weeks.

Portuguese officers would conduct the interviews in the presence of British officers, who would not be allowed to intervene in questioning them, the BBC said.

The area of scrubland near the Ocean Club resort apartment in Praia da Luz where Madeleine and her family were staying, has been searched before.

Two other areas are also expected to be searched by investigators.

The operation is likely to continue next week after British police applied to the judiciary to spend an extra seven days there. (Press Association)

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