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Talks over new leads on Maddie

lawyers from the UK have travelled to Portugal to visit their counterparts to discuss new leads in the case of missing Madeleine McCann, it has been confirmed.

London's chief crown prosecutor Alison Saunders and her deputy Jenny Hopkins flew to Portugal with Scotland Yard detectives in connection with the police force's review of the case.

Madeleine, who was then nearly four, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve on May 3 2007, as her parents Kate and Gerry dined at a nearby tapas restaurant with friends.

A CPS spokesman confirmed that prosecutors from CPS London and the Metropolitan Police Service visited Portugal in April to discuss the next steps.

Operation Grange, which is conducted by Scotland Yard's Homicide & Serious Crime Command, was launched in May 2011.

Last month, Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell said the review had identified "both investigative and forensic opportunities" and had identified "more than a handful of people of interest".

As they marked the sixth anniversary of Maddie's disappearance last month, Mr and Mrs McCann said police seemed "more determined than ever".

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