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 Kate and Gerry McCann hold up a picture of Maddie. Photo: AP

Kate and Gerry McCann hold up a picture of Maddie. Photo: AP

Kate and Gerry McCann hold up a picture of Maddie. Photo: AP

The parents of Madeleine McCann have said they hope a renewed Portuguese police investigation into their daughter's disappearance could lead to her finally being found.

Kate and Gerry McCann said in a statement that they are "very pleased" that Portuguese authorities have decided to reopen the inquiry into the little girl's disappearance after new lines of inquiry emerged.

The couple said: "We are very pleased that the investigation to find our missing daughter Madeleine has been officially reopened in Portugal."

Madeleine, then aged three, vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007 as her parents dined in a nearby tapas restaurant.

 

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Portuguese police had originally shelved their investigation in 2008, but announced today that the case would be restarted after an internal review of the original inquiry.

A review team was instructed in March 2011 to sift through the information that had been gathered, and their work uncovered new lines of inquiry that are being dealt with separately to those being chased by Scotland Yard.

Mr and Mrs McCann added: "We once again urge any member of the public who may have information relating to Made-leine's abduction to contact the police in Portugal or the UK."

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the Scotland Yard team met officers in Lisbon last week to be briefed on the Portuguese case.

Mr Rowley said: "This is a welcome development, but both sides of the investigation are at relatively early stages.

"This new momentum is encouraging, but we still have a way to go."

Refreshed appeals were made last week as part of the British investigation, with Mr Redwood appearing on television in the UK, Holland and Germany.

His team managed to track down a suspect – an innocent British holidaymaker – and instead decided to focus on a second suspect who was also seen with a child in his arms.

Officers also said they would like to trace a number of fair-haired men who were seen near the apartment at the time, and are looking at a surge in burglaries in the area as well as bogus charity collectors.

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