Portuguese detectives have ‘new suspect’ in Madeleine McCann disappearance

Portuguese detectives have ‘new suspect’ in Madeleine McCann disappearance

Portuguese detectives are investigating a foreign paedophile as a suspect in the abduction of Madeleine McCann, according to reports.

Scotland Yard passed information to Portuguese police about the apparent kidnap suspect, who was in Portugal in May 2007, the Lisbon-based Expresso newspaper reported.

The man had been investigated over alleged child sex offences at the time, according to the paper, which quoted a judicial source.

The reports come on the 12th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance.

She was three when she vanished while on holiday with her parents in Praia da Luz on the Algarve coast on May 3 2007.

A very small team continues to work on this case with Portuguese colleagues and we have put in an application to the Home Office for further funding

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said on Thursday the force was pursuing “active lines of inquiry” and has asked for more funding from the Home Office.

British police launched their own investigation, Operation Grange, in 2013 after a Portuguese inquiry failed to make progress.

Force bosses have been applying for funding from the Home Office every six months to continue the inquiry, which has cost about £11.75 million so far.

Ms Dick said: “We have active lines of inquiry and I think the public would expect us to see those through.

Kate and Gerry McCann have never given up hope of finding Madeleine (Joe Giddens/PA)
Kate and Gerry McCann have never given up hope of finding Madeleine (Joe Giddens/PA)

“A very small team continues to work on this case with Portuguese colleagues and we have put in an application to the Home Office for further funding.”

Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have always pledged never to give up the search for their daughter.

In a statement on Friday, the 12th anniversary of her disappearance, they said: “The months and years roll by too quickly, Madeleine will be 16 this month.

“It’s impossible to put into words just how that makes us feel. There is comfort and reassurance though in knowing that the investigation continues and many people around the world remain vigilant.

“Thank you to everyone who continues to support us and for your ongoing hope and belief.”

- Press Association

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