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Kate McCann 'more driven then ever' to search for missing Madeleine

The mother of Madeleine McCann has said she is "more driven than ever" to continue to search for her daughter, ahead of the eighth anniversary of her disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann's daughter Madeline went missing in 2007 Credit: PA Wire

Madeleine, from Rothley in Leicestershire, went missing while on a family holiday in Praia de Luz, Portugal, on 3 May 2007.

Kate McCann spoke as she announced she will lead a 500-mile charity bike ride from Edinbugh to London in June, to raise money for a missing persons charity.

As the eighth anniversary of our daughter Madeleine's abduction is upon us, I'm more driven than ever to continue the search for Madeleine and to help other families who face the pain of a child being missing. All of us can play a part in helping this important charity.

– Kate McCann

McCann investigation handed over to new detective

Madeleine went missing from a holiday apartment in the Algarve in 2007 Credit: Family handour

A senior Metropolitan Police detective will take over the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from Rothley in Leicestershire today.

DCI Nicola Wall succeeds Andy Redwood, who has been leading the inquiry in Portugal and is now retiring.

Madeleine went missing from a holiday apartment in 2007.

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New detective takes over Madeleine McCann case

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A new detective has taken over the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall has replaced Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is retiring.

Mr Redwood has led Operation Grange since it was launched in 2011, while Ms Wall was with the homicide and major crime command, the Metropolitan Police said.

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Six Madeleine witnesses still to be identified

The identities of six of the 11 potential witnesses being interviewed in Portugal over missing Madeleine McCann have yet to be made public.

Those we do know include Robert Murat, a Brit who was the first person to be declared a suspect but was never arrested or charged, his wife Michaela Walczuch and her ex-husband Luis Antonio.

Joaquim Marques was today interviewed for the third time while British police sat in.

While Mario Marreiros, who worked at the Ocean Club hotel where Madeleine's family were staying, claims he saw a man acting suspiciously.

ITV News reporter Rebecca Barry has this report:

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11 people 'will be interviewed' by Met in Maddie case

Some 11 people "will be interviewed as witnesses" by the police searching for missing Madeleine McCann, Good Morning Britain heard.

British and Portuguese "men and women" are expected to be quizzed by the police over what happened to the missing youngster.

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McCann case: Police in Portugal to question witnesses

British police are expected to arrive in Portugal today to question a number of people over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Madeleine McCann disappeared on holiday in Portugal in 2007 Credit: PA

The three-year-old, from Rothley in Leicestershire, went missing from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in 2007.

Scotland Yard detectives will be expected to interview Robert Murat, who was arrested as part of the Portuguese police investigation into her disappearance at the time.

As well as questioning seven suspects, four other people will be interviewed as potential witnesses.

British police travelled to Portugal over the summer and spent eight days searching three areas of Praia da Luz, but found no new evidence.

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Madeleine McCann: police to arrive in Portugal to question seven suspects

Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007, aged 3 Credit: PA Wire

Police are due to arrive in Portugal today to interview seven suspects over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Madeleine, from Rothley in Leicestershire, went missing from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in 2007, nine days before her fourth birthday.

Robert Murat has always denied any involvement in Madeleine McCann's disappearance Credit: PA Wire

Scotland Yard detectives will be expected to interview Robert Murat - who was arrested as part of the Portugese police investigation into her disappearance in 2007.

Mr Murat has always denied any involvement.

As well as the seven suspects, four others will be interviewed as potential witnesses.

British police travelled to Portugal over the summer to search areas of Praia da Luz Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

British officers spent eight days searching three areas of Praia da Luz this summer but found no new evidence.

Kate and Gerry McCann, Madeleine's parents Credit: PA Wire
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11 people to be questioned over Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann was snatched while on holiday in Praia da Luz in 2007.

Eleven people are to be questioned over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in a fresh investigation by British police.

They include seven potential suspects and four who will be spoken to as witnesses.

British ex-pat Robert Murat, who was the first "person of interest" when three-year went missing in Portugal seven years ago, is one of those police want to re-interview.

His wife, Michaela Walczuck, and her former husband, Luis Antonio, are also understood to be on a list of people identified to give statements to the inquiry run by British police.

McCann's win £55,000 in libel damages from Sunday Times

Kate and Gerry McCann Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The parents of missing Leicestershire girl Madeleine McCann have won £55,000 in libel damages from the Sunday Times over a story which suggested that they had kept evidence from authorities investigating their daughter's disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann took action over a front-page article by the newspaper which appeared in October last year.

The McCann's said they would be giving the money to two charities.

The Sunday Times has also agreed to pay the McCanns' legal costs.

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