Madeleine McCann: Police to re-examine evidence of psychics
POLICE are preparing to re-examine phone calls made to Crimestoppers in the wake of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, from members of the public who claimed they had dreamt about her or had psychic knowledge of the case.
The calls, initially dismissed due to their unusual content, will be passed to Scotland Yard as part of ongoing investigations.
It is understood around 100 phone calls were made to the phone hotline soon after Madeleine was reported missing from those claiming supernatural knowledge of her whereabouts.
At the time, police had so many calls they requested Crimestoppers filtered out some of the more diverse to allow them to focus on the facts.
Now, five years after her disappearance, Scotland Yard will be given access to them.
They are believed to be intending to catalogue them, to ensure absolutely no detail was missed. The information will then be recorded on computer databases.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “”We can confirm we are in close dialogue with Crimestoppers to ensure that all material in their possession - from any source - is shared with us.”
The news comes on the fifth anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance.
Police have already issued a photograph believed to bear a “strong resemblance” to what the now nine-year-old may look like.
The McCann family have issued a statement saying their lives have become more bearable knowing "stones are finally being turned" thanks to Operation Grange, a review by Scotland Yard investigators which had revealed "lots of new leads and new information".
In a message on the on the FindMadeleine.com website, Kate and Gerry McCann said: "It's hard to define succinctly how it feels to have reached five years without Madeleine.
“Impossible, heart-breaking, frightening, exasperating, incomprehensible. Sometimes it feels like forever and at other times, just like yesterday.
"What is certain though is that since the Metropolitan Police review was commenced last May, the chances of finding Madeleine and discovering what happened are now significantly greater.
"Additionally, albeit less importantly, our lives and those of our family have been much more bearable over the past year, simply by knowing those stones are finally being turned.
"We hope that the investigation will be reopened in Portugal soon, as this will give us the best possible chance of finding Madeleine and the person who committed this crime - of solving the case.
“The term 'mystery' (commonly used by the media) is not applicable until all possible avenues have been explored. They haven't been, and can't be until the case is reopened.
"Abducted children have been found many years following their disappearance. We cannot give up. We won't give up. Please keep looking for Madeleine.”
Prime Minister David Cameron asked Scotland Yard to review the disappearance of Madeleine because of the "exceptional" nature of the case.
A taxi driver has already come forward claiming he picked up Madeleine McCann up the night after she went missing.
Antonio Castela, 72, said he is sure the little girl wearing pink pyjamas he gave a lift to along with four adults on May 4, 2007, was Madeleine but that was not taken seriously when he reported the incident to Portuguese police.
British expat Rose Johnson, 70, also reported seeing the little girl playing on a beach in Nerja, Spain, last summer.