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Express November 7 2007

By Martin Evans in Praia da Luz Have your say(18)
TWO members of the party that dined with Kate and Gerry McCann on the night their daughter disappeared have told police they want to change their stories, it was sensationally claimed last night.
Lawyers acting for the pair allegedly contacted Portuguese detectives informing them their clients wanted to be re-interviewed in order to "correct" their original statements.
The McCanns' official spokesman last night angrily dismissed the claims but sources close to the investigation said the pair had kept their decision secret in order to avoid pressure from anyone else in the group.
The startling claim comes just days after it emerged that four members of the so called Tapas Nine – who had dinner with Kate and Gerry on the evening of May 3 – were about to be declared official suspects by the Portuguese police. Detectives were understood to be concerned about alleged inconsistencies in statements given by the McCanns' friends shortly after Madeleine went missing.
It was claimed Dr Russell O'Brien and his partner Jane Tanner, Matthew Oldfield and Dr David Payne were all expecting to be made arguidos in the coming days. The respected Spanish newspaper El Mundo suggested it was this which had led to two members of the group changing their stories.

The paper claimed: "Lawyers of two of the friends of the McCanns that dined with them on the night of May 3 in the tapas restaurant have contacted police recently and said their clients are willing to be re-questioned so they can 'correct' details of their original statements.
"These two members of the group have asked for their identities to be kept secret because they fear that as a result of the 'clarifications' they intend making about what happened the night Madeleine disappeared, they may be pressured by people linked to the McCanns."
But the McCanns official spokesman Clarence Mitchell last night said the claim was "categorically untrue". He said: "All the friends have consistently told the truth. They have no need to change their statements as they have nothing to hide. "They have always said right from the beginning that they were happy, more than happy, to be re-interviewed by the police. "The fact is they are keen to be re-interviewed to clarify any inconsistencies that the police have or may feel exist in their statements.
"To suggest they are changing their story is an utter misrepresentation of their willingness to help the police." He added: "I have made enquiries of all the friends. It is categorically untrue that any letter has gone through on behalf of any of them." And a friend of the McCann's added: "Kate and Gerry are still friends with all those who were there that night. They frequently speak to each other and there has been no falling out."

The Tapas Nine have faced a barrage of criticism in the six- months since Madeleine disappeared for refusing to speak about the events of that fateful evening. They were even accused of orchestrating a pact of silence in order to frustrate the police's attempts to build a case against Kate and Gerry.
While it remains unclear what changes if any might be made to their previous statements any divergence from the original version of events would be bound to put pressure on the McCanns. The secrecy of justice laws which operate in Portugal mean anyone connected to an investigation is prevented from speaking publicly about the case.
This means very little is known of what actually happened in the hours immediately before and after Madeleine disappeared. It is believed the McCanns left their children asleep in apartment 5A of the Ocean Club, before heading down to dinner at the complex's nearby tapas restaurant around 8pm.
They were then joined by their seven friends Dr Russell O'Brien and his partner Jane Tanner, Dr Matthew Oldfield and his wife Rachael, David Payne and his wife Fiona and her mother Dianne Webster. The group claimed they had been checking on their own children at half hour intervals but at 9.30pm Dr Oldfield offered to look in on Madeleine and the two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie.
It is thought he did not enter the McCanns' apartment but hearing no noise at the door assumed everything was fine and returned to dinner. It was at 10pm when Kate checked on the children that she discovered Madeleine was missing and raised the alarm. Each member of the group has given the Portuguese police their version of events.
But sources within the Policia Judiciaria have said several of the statements are riddled with inconsistencies. Attention has been focused on Ms Tanner's claims that she saw a man carrying a child wrapped in a blanket near the McCanns' apartment around 9.15pm. Other independent witnesses in that area at the same time said they saw no one matching that description however.
Speaking from her home in Exeter, Devon last night Ms Tanner said: "I'm not going to make any comment. It is absolute rubbish. We've had no contact with the police. I won't say anything else because it would be twisted." Dr O'Brien's statement was also said to be of interest because he had been away from the restaurant for around 45 minutes in order to look after his own child who was unwell.
He told police he had changed the child's bed linen after she was sick, but staff at the Ocean Club were said to have denied any change of sheets was requested. The McCanns and their friends have always denied any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance - and insist she was abducted.
The Portuguese police believe Kate McCann accidentally killed her daughter and then disposed of her body with the help of her husband. But a forensics report from Portugal's top pathology lab has concluded there was no evidence to suggest Madeleine had died in the apartment on the night she went missing.
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Friday August 10,2007
By David Pilditch Have your say(2)
MADELEINE McCann's parents suffered further anguish yesterday when they were compelled to stop taking their twins to the resort creche because other parents were "getting upset".

Matters came to a head on Tuesday when Kate could not get out of the Mark Warner Ocean Club creche with her two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie, because of a media scrum.

She said yesterday: "We are trapped. What can we do?"

Kate and her husband are clearly hurt that their children cannot go to the creche any more, but Gerry tries to be pragmatic.

He said: "It has impacted on other holidaymakers. It is not considerate to other people's children and people were getting upset.

"They have paid a lot of money to come to a lovely resort with their children. Mark Warner has been incredibly supportive of us throughout, but they have come under a bit of pressure and we agreed not to go for a while.

"They offered us alternative arrangements, but we haven't taken them up yet."

With a "huge gaggle" of Portuguese media outside the McCanns' new accommodation, the move followed concerns about photographers and film crews taking pictures of the twins and disturbing holidaymakers using the child-minding facility.

The Ocean Club issued a statement pleading for journalists to leave the couple alone.

It read: "(The McCanns) do not want to cause undue disruption to holidaymakers, or to locals living in the village, as a result of filming and photography by the media. They have therefore decided not to use the creche facilities at the Ocean Club while there is such a significant media presence.

"This means that they will not be coming to the Club with their children for the foreseeable future and would like to ask the media to respect their privacy and that of those on holiday in the village."

The McCanns have been trying to maintain a normal routine for their twins, taking them to the creche each day.

A spokesman for Mark Warner said: "Kate and Gerry are worried that this may be affecting other families on holiday."

In a plea to the media he added: "On behalf of Mark Warner and the Ocean Club, please help us to allow all our guests to enjoy their time here in the Algarve."
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McCanns split by agony of Madeleine

Sunday Express January 20, 2008
By Tracey Kandohla

The lives of Kate and Gerry McCann are moving in ''opposite directions'' because they have developed strikingly different ways of coping with the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

Kate is living the life of a semi-recluse as she focuses on being a stay-at-home mother, virtually shutting herself off from the supportive community around her.

Gerry, meanwhile, has thrown himself into working full time as a heart specialist during the week, while running the campaign to find four-year-old Madeleine in the evenings and at weekends.

Now friends fear that the strain they have been under for the last eight months is putting a substantial burden on their once idyllic marriage.

Outwardly, Gerry appears to be as strong as ever but Kate is more fragile and is becoming increasingly angry and frustrated by the lack of a major breakthrough.

A friend said: ''Kate is in a much worse frame of mind than Gerry is. She always looks so haunted. They are totally united in everything they do in their search to find Madeleine. But they are heading in opposite directions in their way of handling it.''

Kate has shown no desire to go back to her part-time job as a GP and cannot contemplate her dream of having another child while Madeleine is still missing.

To occupy her tormented mind, she devotes her time and energies to caring for twins Sean and Amelie and has been busy planning a birthday party for them on February 2. The twins will be three the day before.

Emotionally she is split in two by the event – genuinely excited and happy for her twins, while at the same time knowing that for a large part of that day her mind will in reality be centred on her absent child Madeleine. Like Christmas, it will be an emotional milestone, a hurdle to be overcome as well as an event to enjoy.

''The mental and emotional agony they're going through is unbearable,'' said another friend. ''We worry that's it's putting a strain on their relationship.''

While Gerry is slowly adjusting to life without his daughter, Kate battles for a sense of normality and has become almost reclusive, haunted by visions of Madeleine.

She recently admitted: ''I still have moments of panic. Madeleine is irreplaceable and I just want her back. It's not about me, it's not about Gerry, it's about Madeleine. Every day I'm hoping we won't get to the next day without her.''

Every night Kate, 39, goes into Madeleine's pretty pink bedroom and prays for her. Often she weeps for her cherished daughter. And during the night she wakes up and senses that Madeleine has come back to her.

Her mother Susan Healy revealed: ''Sometimes she sees visions of Madeleine. Then she realises Madeleine is still missing and Kate is absolutely devastated, hysterical and bereft.''

Kate refuses to believe Portuguese police claims that Madeleine is dead, desperately clinging to the hope that one day the family will be reunited.

One commentator recently said that Kate has been physically transformed by grief and that her back, shoulders, hands and mouth are now ''reshaped into the angular manifestation of a silent scream''.

Kate's mother-in-law Eileen McCann admitted: ''A piece of Kate's heart has been torn away and I worry about how she is coping. She looks so frail and so desperate.

''They are determined to give the twins as normal an upbringing as possible in the circumstances.''

But maintaining a normal face is proving to be increasingly difficult as a hidden anger swells inside Kate. A family source said: ''She is angry about all the untrue, hurtful allegations being made in Portugal. And she is frustrated because the whole investigation is taking so long. She may come across as weak and weepy but she's strong inside.''

Each day Gerry dresses in a smart suit to go to work at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital, while casually-clothed Kate makes meals for the twins, tidies the house and on Wednesdays and Thursdays does the nursery school run.

A local mother used to help her with domestic duties and babysitting but it is understood Kate no longer uses her services.

Since returning home from Portugal four months ago, the family has had a constant stream of relatives and friends visiting. They also help out with cooking and cleaning.

Kate spends much of her time behind closed doors at her £500,000 detached house in Rothley, Leics. She spends hours sifting through the masses of mail that still arrives every day.

Cash donations, from £10 to £100, presents for Madeleine and boxes of rosary beads and other religious artefacts are sent from around the world. Devout Catholics Kate and Gerry take great comfort in praying for Madeleine at the Sacred Heart church, just a five-minute stroll from their home.

It is one of the few times Kate is seen in public. She attends mass every Sunday with her family and often takes the twins to a Tuesday morning service.

Kate has abandoned the village routine she once shared with Madeleine. She no longer has her hair styled at Dawn Newcombe's salon, which she regularly visited with Madeleine. Her mother normally takes the twins for haircuts when she is staying.

When Kate joined her shortly before Christmas, she fought back tears as she watched the youngsters take turns to sit in the seat Madeleine used to have.

One of the stylists said: ''She was almost in tears as she watched them and my heart went out to her.''

Kate also avoids her favourite coffee shop, where an excited Madeleine once sipped hot chocolate topped with marshmallows.

The couple are both official suspects but vehemently deny any involvement in their daughter's disappearance.

Gerry fears he will never see Madeleine again, saying: ''I know now, probably, the chances of getting Madeleine back are slim.''
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Kate and Gerry McCann want the trustees to start spending money

Sunday August 26,2007
By Matt Drake in Praia da Luz and James Murray in London Have your say(137)
THE parents of Madeleine McCann want trustees of a £1million fighting fund to start spending the money fast in a last desperate effort to trace their missing daughter.

As the police investigation into Madeleine's disappearance flounders, tensions are building between Gerry and Kate McCann and the fund trustees, including his brother John, who control the money donated by the public.

The McCanns' spokeswoman Justine McGuinness said: "The people operating the fund clearly think they have to protect it because they don't know how long it is going to last.

"But Gerry thinks now is the time to be spending the money because this is the time when it is going to be most effective."

So far only £70,000 has been spent – on setting up a website, running a press office, producing wristbands, T-shirts and posters and paying legal fees.

The McCanns want more money spent on a new poster campaign, hiring extra staff to boost publicity and perhaps even employing a firm of private investigators. Some cash could also be used to help cover the cost of keeping the couple and their other two young children in Portugal.

After four fruitless months, the family are beginning to struggle financially and may soon have to return to work in Britain.

Yet they face a bureacratic nightmare if they want to draw money from the fund, which is believed to be earning thousands of pounds in interest every month.


Rather than being allowed easy access to the money, the McCanns are forced to fill out complicated paperwork. The trustees of the fund, which is not a charity, have imposed tight restrictions on how the money can be used.

There is a worry that if more money is not released urgently then the behind-the-scenes row will develop into a bitter dispute, distracting people from the main objective of solving the mystery of four-year-old Made­leine's disappearance.

The increasingly frustrated Mc­Canns realise that the next few weeks will be vital, as Portuguese police appear to have made no concrete progress with any lines of inquiry.

The fund is under the control of relatives or family friends, including Peter Hubner, 64, a retired consultant; Gerry's brother John McCann, 48; former GMTV presenter Esther McVey, 39, who runs a Liverpool-based PR firm; Doug Skehan, 54, a clinical director of cardiology at Glenfield Hospital, where Gerry works; Philip Tomlinson, 76, a lawyer and former Leicester­shire coroner; and Brian Kennedy, 68, Madeleine's great uncle.

Ms McGuinness said: "Gerry and Kate are remarkably patient and know that people are trying to protect their interests, but it is very different when you're in Portugal from when you're in the UK. I think it's difficult for some people who are retired and who perhaps aren't used to the fast pace of things in Portugal."

The fund, which was set up two weeks after Madeleine disappeared on the night of May 3, has stated several objectives on its website http://www.findmadeleine.com but has al­ready come under pressure to answer questions about how the money is being spent.

Mr McCann's visit to the Edinburgh International Television Festival yesterday was paid for by the organisers. In recent months similar trips have been donated or subsidised by wealthy benefactors.

Last night the McCanns were yet again the target of cruel speculation in the Portuguese media accusing the couple of "making a fortune" from their ordeal.

One newspaper said Kate and Gerry were getting cash from selling bracelets and hairclips with Made┬¡leine's name on for £2 each. Although the Look For Madeleine bracelets are priced at £2 on the official website, this only covers the cost of production and postage.

The report in the respected Diarios Noticias newspaper also criticised the McCanns for putting a collection box for the fund in the reception area of the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz. At the TV festival yesterday Gerry hit out at Portuguese reports that he and his wife were involved in the disappearance of their daughter, calling it a "smear" campaign.

He dismissed the stories as "wild speculation". In an interview with Sky News he said: "Clearly a line has been crossed in many quarters, where there is wild speculation being reported irresponsibly.

"There is speculation and innuendo. There are clearly some absolute and outright smears. I would direct people to the official statements made by the Portuguese police which bear no resemblance to the wild speculation. The police made it very clear.

"First of all we are not suspects, secondly there is no evidence to suggest we are involved in Madeleine's disappearance."

In an earlier interview with Kirsty Wark, 39-year-old Gerry appealed for restraint in media coverage. And he vowed that he will never give up the hunt for his daughter's abductor.

* Additional reporting: Jane Clinton and David Stephenson
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Postby KazLux » Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:01 am

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Madeleine's great-uncle Brian Kennedy is chairman of a special fund to help the search for the little girl. It has raised £900,000.

He said: "We're going to need it. There are big bills coming in for things we've produced, for travel, for accommodation while Gerry and Kate are out there.

"They're not wealthy and there's no way we could carry on without it". Asked about criticism the McCanns would not have had so much help if they weren't doctors, he said: "It's true we have friends we could call on that others may not have – and we used them. We called in favours.

"Any parent wherever they are, whatever they do, should get the same publicity as Madeleine has and if we can do anything through the fund for others then we will."

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ANGRY: Kate McCann

Friday August 24,2007
By David Pilditch and Martin Evans in Praia da Luz Have your say(175)
The mother of Madeleine McCann faced more anguish last night after a TV reporter was accused of hinting that she may have killed her own daughter.

Kate McCann was said to be "horrified and deeply upset" by the remarks from Sandra Felgueiras, one of Portugal's top presenters.

Kate and her husband Gerry were so incensed that they were ready to sue to protect their reputations.

They have now drawn back from taking legal action but are said to have been deeply angered by what they saw as insinuations in the popular TV journalist's report. The McCanns have always remained dignified despite a torrent of rumours aimed at them and the friends with whom they were dining on the night Madeleine vanished.

It is alleged that Felgueiras, who works for the national broadcaster RTP, intimated live on air that Kate, 39, could have murdered Madeleine, who vanished 113 days ago from a holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.

Last night Felgueiras, 30, vehemently denied smearing the McCanns by alleging that they could be murderers. At the same time, relations between the couple and Portuguese police deteriorated as Gerry hit out at claims that officers believe four-year-old Madeleine is dead.

The McCanns are currently seeking a tape of Felgueiras' broadcast to clarify exactly what she said about them. A source close to the couple said: "This is about trying to stop lurid accusations being aired.

"Both the McCanns are hard-working, law-abiding professionals. It is very important to protect their reputation."

Felgueiras hit back: "I never said that and I never insinuated anything like that. I just said that the police were now looking at the possibility that Madeleine died in the apartment. This has been widely reported both in Portugal and in the UK."

She added: "I interviewed the McCanns two weeks ago and I asked them if there was any
possibility that Madeleine suffered any kind of accident that could have made her bleed.

"My question was, 'Did Madeleine at any time during this stage bleed and could the blood samples correspond to her?' and they did not answer this question."

She went on: "I have never in my life put anyone under suspicion, I just told viewers that police are investigating the possibility that Madeleine has died and that it is murder or an accident.

"If the McCanns presume that this is an accusation against them, then that is their assumption, not mine. My conscience is completely clear.

"If anything, I was far more moderate than other broadcasters, and reminded viewers that this was just speculation."

Felgueiras, who is based in Lisbon, is an experienced reporter whose good looks have earned her a wide fan base, particularly among men.

She recently appeared in an advert for a beauty clinic, leading to criticism that she was not taking her role seriously enough.

Earlier this week the McCanns' friend Dr Russell O'Brien threatened to take legal action against the Portuguese media after he was also linked with Madeleine's disappearance.

The father of two from Exeter, who was dining with Kate and Gerry on the night Madeleine went missing, said he would "robustly defend his reputation" against the slurs.

Last night Justine McGuinness, a spokeswoman for the McCanns, confirmed that the couple were not looking to sue Felgueiras. She said: "Kate and Gerry are not planning to sue anyone.
"They are focused on finding Madeleine."

Gerry yesterday rejected police suggestions that Madeleine died in the apartment and said he had seen no evidence to suggest that his daughter was dead.

"The police have always indicated that they will consider all possibilities, but my own personal view has not changed over the last 16 weeks," he said.

"If there was evidence that Madeleine was dead, we as parents should be the first to know.

"The evidence I have seen so far is not enough to change my opinion."
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Thursday August 30,2007
By Martin Evans and Padraic Flanagan in Praia da Luz

POLICE hunting for missing Madeleine McCann discovered a syringe in her parents' bedroom, it was dramatically claimed last night.

In the latest slur against Kate and Gerry McCann, the hypodermic needle was allegedly found in a cupboard at the apartment where their daughter vanished.

According to reports in the Portuguese press, police are examining the theory that the needle could have been used by Madeleine's parents – both doctors – to administer sedatives to their children to help them sleep.

Hurtful and unfounded rumours in the Portuguese media claim that detectives are convinced the couple accidentally killed four-year-old Madeleine by giving her an overdose of sedatives.

Last night a spokeswoman for the couple angrily denied the latest slurs and insisted that the McCanns had never sedated their children.

She said: "I can categorically say the McCanns did not have syringes or sedatives with them on holiday. They do not use sedatives on their children. This story is absolute nonsense, it is totally untrue."

The allegations are the latest in a long line of vicious attacks the McCanns have been forced to endure while desperately waiting for news of their daughter.

But there has been a significant shift in the tone of the attacks in recent days, with a number of Portuguese papers now accusing the McCanns outright of killing their daughter.

The respected Correio da Manha paper wrote yesterday: "Madeleine's parents kept a tranquiliser kit in the cupboard of the Ocean Club bedroom."

The paper went on to claim that weight was being given to the theory of an accidental overdose because the McCanns' other children, two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, had not woken up on the night Madeleine vanished 119 days ago, despite the noise and confusion around them.

The paper also quoted Gerry McCann insisting that the twins were very sound sleepers and tired after an exhausting day playing in the pool.

The allegations were attributed to a source close to the investigation, but Portuguese police last night refused to comment.

The police, who are not allowed to speak about the investigation because of Portugal's strict secrecy laws, have always maintained that the McCanns are not and never have been suspects.

The allegations also clash with evidence provided by British ex-pat Pamela Fenn, who lives in the apartment above the one from which Madeleine disappeared.

Mrs Fenn, 81, told the police that two nights before the incident she heard a little girl loudly crying, "Daddy, daddy" in the apartment.

She said the crying had lasted for some time, but stopped when the McCanns returned to the apartment after dinner.

This would suggest the children were not being regularly sedated and were, in fact, wide awake after being put to bed.

Gerry and Kate, both 39, have always borne the attacks with dignity and good grace, but last week in an interview with British journalists Gerry finally snapped and responded to the accusations.

He said: "It is just so absurd, it is just not credible. It's incredibly hurtful and incredibly untrue."

"Even if somebody could think that, there is absolutely no evidence pointing in that direction."

Gerry also stormed out of a television interview after a Spanish reporter questioned him about claims that blood had been found in their apartment.

The outbursts are being seen as a sign of his growing frustration with the lack of progress in the investigation and his determination to protect his family from vindictive slurs.

Meanwhile, detectives continue to await the results of forensic tests being carried out on a number of pieces of evidence discovered in and around Praia da Luz.

It is believed that the DNA tests could provide a crucial breakthrough.

Portuguese police have a team of officers on stand-by ready to move in on a suspect as soon as the tests are confirmed.
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Re: Daily Express Articles.

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Transcription of the articles in the Sunday Express 2 December 2007

A close friend of Kate and Gerry McCann who was holidaying with them when Madeleine vanished will be questioned by Portuguese police this week over a "mystery" phone call.

Dr Russell O'Brien, 36, has come under investigation after a team of telephone surveillance officers highlighted a mobile phone call made to the missing four-year-old's father just over a month after she disappeared.

Portuguese detectives now believe that a phone call between Gerry McCann, 39, and Dr O'Brien is the missing link in Madeleine's disappearance and could help find her body.

Investigators are focusing on the exact whereabouts of Dr O'Brien when the call was made on June 10.

Last night it was unclear exactly what was said during the debated call but it is understood that key words aroused police suspicions.

The development is a massive blow to the McCanns who had been led to believe they would be cleared of any involvement in their daughter's alleged death by Christmas.

A team of senior detectives are to fly to Britain after gaining official permission to re-interview certain members of the group, including Dr O'Brien. He has taken advice from a lawyer recommended by the McCann legal team.

The Sunday Express has learned Mr McCann told police the call, 38 days after Madeleine vanished, was made within 4km of the Mark Warner resort in Praia da Luz where the party were staying but technicians working on the mobile phone network have dismissed his claim after examining records.

It has also emerged that each member of the "Tapas Nine" was placed under surveillance after Brisitish communications experts arrived in the Algarve at the end of May.

A close friend of the group told how just weeks after Madeleine went missing, her parents and their friends had grown concerned they were being closely watched by Portuguese police.

He said: "Although they never officially thought they were under surveillance - Kate and Gerry were always cautious when making calls because they knew it was possible that somebody could be listening in.

"They were concerned that their phones could have been tapped or that the electronic traffic between them and their friends was being recorded"

Kate and Gerry, both 39, were named as "arguidos", formal suspects, in their daughter's disappearance on September 9.

They have not been charged but police let it be known they had evidence to indicate that Madeleine accidentally died in apartment 5A and her body was hidden for weeks before being moved in the boot of a Renault Scenic the family hired 25 days later.

British experts attempted to trace the movements of Madeleine's abductor by following a trail left by mobile telephone signals. The technique helped convict Ian Huntley for the murders of Holly wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in 2002.

Trails are created by silent transmissions sent by mobile phones even when not in use. These create a timed computer log of the handset's movement which can narrow down its location to an area as small as a few square yards.

Police analysts examining records of mobile phones belonging to the McCanns and their holiday group returned their findings to Portuguese prosecutors last week.

Detectives used the detailed information to "test" statements by guests and staff at the Ocean Club complex.

Last week, Portuguese officers arrived in Britain to talk to Leicestershire Police and British forensic experts about the implications of DNA results from tests at the Forensic Science Service's base in Birmingham.

Friends of the McCanns thought the summit indicated Madeleine's parents would be cleared as suspects after DNA evidence against them appeared to collapse, but last night it was clear there are still doubts about contradictions in the statements the group gave to police. Both Kate and Gerry McCann deny any involvement with Madeleine's disappearance but police still maintain the case against them does not rely on DNA results.

Dr O'Brien could also be named as an arguido. Last night a friend said: "If he faces a situation where the arguido status becomes an issue, it allows certain rights, like the right to have a lawyer present and the right to remain silent."


Now hunt centres on disused barn

The hunt for Madeleine McCann last night centred on a disused barn near Praia da Luz where police found a towel stained with what may turn out to be the little girl's blood.

Fibres found on the towel allegedly match fibres from the hire car rented by Maddie's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.

Portuguese detectives discussed the breakthrough when they met British police and a Crown Prosecution Service official last week at a police station in Leicester.

Today for the first time the Sunday Express can shed light on the new avenue plicie are pursuing in the hope of a breakthrough in the baffling case.

Based on fresh information from mobile phone surveillance police began a search of an area in the south east of the resort. They came across a towel, with an Aztec design, near a disused barn in a remote area close to Praia da Luz.

Portuguese sources say forensic scientists used a substance called Luminol to look for blood deposits and found three sites on the edges of the towel. They tested the blood deposits to see if there was a match for Madeleine's DNA.

Although the samples were not good quality the scientists were able to do what is called low copy analysis, which showed there was "moderate" support to suggest the blood deposits matched Madeleine's blood.

The results were not conclusive are not regarded as being strong enough to be presented as evidence in any court case.

They also found a loaf and a carrier bag, which produced no significant information, but close analysis of the towel revealed fibres which were not made of the towel material. The fibre fragments were microscopically examined against fibres found in the boot of the Renault Scenic hired by the McCanns 25 days after Maddie vanished.

Portuguese police said there was "strong support" that the fibres found on the towel matched fibres from the boot of the car.

One possibility being considered by the Portuguese detectives was that the towel had at some point been in the boot of the Renault Scenic, which would explain how fibres had got on it.

'We know our facts, we know what we did.' Gerry McCann

"The issue is, does this judicial secrecy help the investigation in any way? We would say not." Clarrie McSpin, May 08
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Re: Daily Express Articles.

Postby MaryPoppins2 » Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:40 pm

Sorry if this has already been posted but just found it while I was looking for something else..!


PICTURE OF FUN: Madeleine on the fateful holiday

Tuesday November 27,2007
By Nick Fagge in Praia da Luz
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CRUCIAL evidence which could point the finger of suspicion at Kate and Gerry McCann is being kept under lock and key, it was revealed last night.
DNA tests are said to undermine their claims that they had nothing to do with the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

A piece of lining from the couple's hire car is being held in high-security storage at a laboratory in Birmingham.

It is there that tests into DNA particles allegedly linking the McCanns to Madeleine's death have been carried out.

The disclosure, made by sources within the laboratory, undermines claims by the couple that their own tests have cleared them of involvement in the four-year-old girl's disappearance.

Last week sources close to the McCanns told the Daily Express that examinations of the couple's Renault Scenic hire car – in which Madeleine's body is alleged to have been carried – discovered "no DNA evidence linked to Madeleine".


These tests were made by an independent team of Home Office-accredited pathologists whose results appear to contradict completely Portuguese police findings.

But yesterday sources within the laboratory of the Forensic Science Service said key evidence from the car – a piece of its boot lining – is being kept locked away and the McCanns' scientists have had no access to it.

It is claimed this means that the results from the couple's own DNA tests cannot absolve them because they were carried out on the wrong material.

Last night the McCanns' official spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, confirmed that a piece of evidence had been retained by the Forensic Science Service but added that this did not alter the couple's position.

Mr Mitchell said: "We do not believe that this affects the results of our tests at all.

"They were extremely thorough and covered all aspects of the vehicle. The piece retained by the Forensic Science Service is extremely small. If anything has been found on it there is a wholly innocent explanation for it."

Several other pieces of crucial forensic material are also being kept in the high-security storage facility at the laboratory in Birmingham, it is claimed.

Leaks from the Portuguese police maintain that these official tests discovered traces of Madeleine's bodily fluids and hair in the back of the car.

Detectives in the Algarve see this as highly significant because the car was rented 25 days after she vanished and was one of the main reasons police directed their investigation towards the parents.

No official statement has ever been made on these forensic examinations which were carried out at the British laboratory at the request of the Portuguese authorities.

But within hours of the first batch of results arriving in Portugal, both Kate and Gerry McCann were called in for questioning and were named as arguidos – official suspects.

A second set of test results, which are understood to have supported the initial conclusions, were subsequently sent to detectives in the Algarve.

The McCanns have always maintained there are innocent explanations for any traces of Madeleine in the car because her DNA could have been transferred via her clothes or toys. But these suggestions have been dismissed by detectives, claim sources close to the investigation.

They point out that the highly-regarded scientists conducting the tests take such possibilities into account.

Detectives also emphasise that the scientists are able to distinguish between DNA which has been deposited directly from a body and that which has been passed on via a secondary source such as clothing.

The official forensic tests are also understood to have found traces of Madeleine's blood at the Mark Warner holiday apartment in Praia da Luz where she disappeared. Specially-trained sniffer dogs detected the scent of death on Kate McCann's clothes, in the hire car and at the apartment.

However, Portuguese police sources say forensic test results are rarely enough to press charges and add that other evidence is usually needed.

The McCanns deny any involvement in their daughter's disappearance.

Last week their lawyer, Edward Smethurst, said he believed it was "highly unlikely" that charges would ever be brought against the couple.

Madeleine has now been missing for 208 days.

She vanished from the family apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3 while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby tapas bar.

As she was being tucked up in bed, she said: "Mummy, I've had the best day ever. I'm having lots and lots of fun."

Last week father Gerry again used his online blog to emphasise his belief that she was abducted and "is still out there somewhere".
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Postby KazLux » Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:33 pm


Sunday Express

Sunday November 4, 2007

By Matt Drake


FOUR friends of Kate and Gerry McCann expect to be named as prime suspects over the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

Dr Russell O'Brien and his partner Jane Tanner, Matthew Oldfield and Dr David Payne were last night forced to bring in their own lawyers after increasing fears that Portuguese police were preparing to implicate them in the case of the vanished four-year-old girl.

It has emerged that the four, all members of the "Tapas Nine" dining party, have been warned detectives are prepared to make them official suspects in the next few days.

The latest dramatic development follows the discovery by Portuguese investigators of contradictions in key statements made in the first few hours after Madeleine vanished.

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Postby Groom1 » Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:54 pm

Daily Express
Tuesday January 8th 2008
By Nick Fagge in Praia da Luz
Blood found in the McCanns' hire car and holiday flat DID belong to missing Madeleine it was claimed yesterday.

It reflects detectives belief that she is dead and her parents Kate and Gerry disposed of her body.

New results sent to Portugal in the last few days show the blood samples could only belong to Madeleine it was claimed.

The McCanns have always insisted there were innocent explanations for the traces found behind the sofa at the Ocean Club apartment in Praia da Luz and the boot of the Renault Scenic they hired there 25 days after Madeleine vanished on May 3. They claim DNA could be linked to her siblings, two year old twins Sean and Amelie.

But the respected Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha reported yesterday: "The definitive result of the tests leaves no doubts for the Policia Judiciaria. The blood found in the McCanns' car is that of Madeleine as well as those samples detected in the flat.

Detectives in Portugal asked British scientists to carry out new tests after initial ones by the Forensic Science Service laboratory in Birmingham proved inconclusive.

they are believed to be using a new technique called low copy number analysis, which allows them to find a genetic fingerprint from a tiny sample.

The samples from the flat and the hire car were said to be damaged and of low quality, but police sources now claim the latest results are definitive.

Portuguese detectives plan to travel to Britain in the coming weeks to reinterview the McCanns and the friends they dined with at a tapas restaurant on the night Madeleine vanished, aged three.

Yesterday Dr Russell O'Brien and his partner Jane Tanner were named as the two friends reported last year to have told police they wanted to change their account of that evening.

Ms Tanner, 37, from Exeter, says she saw a mystery man carrying a child away from the flat at 9.15pm on the night Madeleine vanished.

Police were said to believe Dr O'Brien, 36, wanted to change his statement to claim he also saw the man, newspaper 24 Horas reported.

But staff at the restaurant say Ms Tanner was at the table throughout the meal and only left after Kate came running in shouting "They've taken her!" the tabloid reported.

Dr O'Brien and Ms Tanner have denied contacting police to change their stories and sources close to the McCanns support that position.

The McCanns were made formal suspects after sniffer dogs allegedly detected the "scent of death" in the flat and car, and on clothes belonging to Kate.

Further tests found microscopic blood traces in the flat and on lining in the boot of the car.

Portuguese police believe Maddeleine died in an accident and that Kate and Gerry conspired with their friends to dispose of the body.

Police sources claim the couple could be charged with manslaughter as well as hiding a body and wasting police time. Kate and Gerry McCann, both 39 and from Rothley, Leics, deny involvement in their daughter's disappearance.

They have had independent DNA tests on the car which they say reveals no trace of Madeleine.

Last night their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "These reports are very distressing for Kate and Gerry. They are depressed that again wild rumour and speculation is being presented as fact. We wish Portuguese police would just get on with their investigation, come over to England and carry out the interviews with Kate and Gerry and their friends.

All those interviews will prove yet again, that Kate and Gerry have nothing to hide.

"As for the supposed DNA testing, we cannot comment on yet more unsubstantiated rampant speculation in the Portuguese press.

It is ridiculous to suggest that Madeleine's blood was in the hire car because she was never in it. It was hired more than 20 days after she went missing, which means it was impossible for her to have ever been in it.

Kate and Gerry were in no way involved in her death. Nor were they involved in disposing of her body.

To suggest otherwise is ridiculous. This report is flying in the face of all other articles which reported that the DNA and forensic tests were inconclusive.

"If there had been anything found I would have thought there would have been more urgent activity on the behalf of the Portuguese than there has been.

We have been waiting months now for them to come to England to carry out their re-interviewing. Anything the police feel may given them cause for concern can be wholly and innocently explained.

"But until we actually see the official FSS report we have no idea what it contains, and I suggest the Portuguese press don't either.

A friend of the McCanns added: "They were in no way involved in her disappearance, reports like this just add to their anguish. We would also point out that low copy DNA is under review by police forces in this country following the outcome of the Omagh bombing trial".
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Re: Daily Express Articles.

Postby Groom1 » Thu Apr 17, 2008 1:17 pm

Daily Express
Monday December 3rd 2007
By Nick Fagge

A British diplomat warned the Foreign Office of concerns regarding Madeleine McCann's parents, it emerged last night.

Doubts about Kate and Gerry McCann were raised almost immediately by an official sent to Praia da Luz due to what he considered to be "inconsistencies" in the couple's testimonies about the night the four-year-old vanished.

The warning was contained in a classified document sent from the Algarve to the Foreign Office days after Madeleine's disappearance.

Details of the letter have been leaked through the British diplomatic mission in Brussels to the respected Belgian newspaper Deniere Heure.

The unnamed diplomat voices his concern about the "confused declarations" as to the whereabouts of Kate and Gerry McCann and their friends in the final hours before Madeleine's disappearance.

He also mentions the couple's "lack of co-operation" with the Portuguese police in the light of instructions from London suggesting consular staff "overstretch their authority and put pressure on the Portuguese authorities".

The document also asks for confirmation of orders sent by the Foreign Office in London the day before, commanding embassy staff to give "all possible assistance to the McCann couple".

Diplomats in the Algarve were told the McCanns had to be "accompanied at all times during any contact with the Portuguese police" by a member of consular staff or by British police officers sent out from the UK.

The letter, sent just days after Madeleine disappeared, warns of the risks of siding with the McCanns so completely.

Excerpts published in a report by La Derniere Heure quote the diplomat as saying: "With the greatest respect, I would like to make you aware of the risks and implications to our relationship with the Portuguese authorities if you consider the possible involvement of the couple.

Please confirm to me in the light of these concerns, that we want to continue to be closely involved in the case as was requested in your previous message."

A huge team of diplomats have been involved in the case since Gerry McCann asked the Foreign Office for help.

In an unprecedented move, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair despatched special envoy Sheree Dodd a former Fleet Street journalist, to Portugal to act as a "media liaison officer" for the McCann family.

Direct government communications with the McCanns came to an abrupt halt, however, when the couple were made official suspects in the case in September.

Portuguese detectives believe it is possible Madeleine died as a result of an accident on May 3 in the family's holiday apartment and that her parents hid and later disposed of her body with the help of their friends.

The couple have always said they had nothing to do with their daughter's disappearance. The Belgian report says it is highly significant that almost all of the diplomats involved at the outset have now been taken off the case.

Special envoy Sheree Dodd has since resigned from the Foreign Office, the British consul in the Algarve Bill Henderson has retired and the British ambassador to Portugal John Buck is no longer in Portugal.

Last night the Foreign Office refused to comment on the report.
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Re: Daily Express Articles.

Postby KazLux » Sat May 03, 2008 7:43 am

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The church in Praia da Luz
Wednesday September 19,2007

By Martin Evans and David Pilditch in Praia da Luz

DETECTIVES investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann want to question two priests they believe could hold crucial information.
Portuguese police are convinced Kate and Gerry McCann "confessed" to killing their daughter during a private meeting with one of the clergymen in Praia da Luz.

They want to formally question the men in an attempt to persuade them to break their religious vow of silence.

In the weeks after Madeleine's disappearance on May 3, the couple became extremely close to Catholic priest Father Jose Manuel Pacheco and his Anglican colleague Haynes Hubbard. The devoutly religious McCanns spent many hours with both men receiving spiritual support and guidance.

They were even given their own key to the tiny church in Praia da Luz where they would go at all hours of the day and night to pray and spend private time alone.

But in a startling development the police have revealed they intend to grill both priests.

Police on the Algarve believe Kate, 39, accidentally killed her daughter and then disposed of her body with the help of her husband.

They are certain that the couple would have confessed in order to absolve themselves of the sin. However Catholic priests are bound by an oath meaning they can never reveal what is said in the confessional box.

It had been reported that Father Pacheco's relationship with the couple had cooled in recent weeks but on Monday night he insisted that the McCanns enjoyed his unswerving support. He said: "I could never stop supporting a family living a tragedy".

Yesterday, however, Father Pacheco appeared to have gone to ground and no one in Praia da luz – including police who want to question him – knew his whereabouts.

While the McCanns are devout Catholics they also formed a special bond with the Canadian born Anglican priest Father Hubbard, who like them has a young family.

The couple's two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie would often spend time at the Hubbard's villa playing with his two children. He described the allegations against the McCanns as absurd and said the police would be better off looking for Madeleine.

He said: "The police have to find Madeleine. We don't know if she is in fact dead. They won't find anything here."

Last night his wife Susan Hubbard, said the police had not contacted them about fresh questioning but insisted they had nothing to hide.

Speaking at her home near the beach in Praia da Luz, she said: "He hasn't spoken to the police as far as I am aware but he would be happy to speak to them."

When asked about the possibility that Father Haynes could be quizzed by police, she said: "Do you have a choice, I don't know?"

The church of Our Lady of Luz in the centre of the resort has become an area of increasing interest for the police.

Last week they announced plans to dig up the roads and land around the church after claims that Madeleine's body could have been buried there at some point.

But Mrs Hubbard said the idea was simply "absurd." "It is such a public place," she said.

Father Haynes added: "They won't find anything. There is no indication the little girl is dead. She's waiting to be brought home to mum and dad."
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Postby ratonthebeam » Sat May 03, 2008 9:19 am

I don't have an article to post but I just wanted to say to BJR and everyone, thanks so much for this thread :D :D :D
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