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McCann's thank 'all those involved' in search for Madeleine

Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann have released a statement on Facebook Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Kate and Gerry McCann have released a statement via their official Facebook page, in which they say they are 'pleased' by the police activity in Portugal and are thankful for their efforts:

We are very pleased that significant activity has taken place in Praia da Luz over the last 8 days with police officers and support teams from the UK working closely with the Policia Judicial and the Guarda Nacional Republicana...

...We are further encouraged that, despite the intensive searches, no trace of Madeleine has been found and this reinforces our belief that she could still be alive...

...As parents of a missing child, we have always wanted all reasonable lines of enquiry to be followed and it is gratifying to know that a substantial amount of work will take place over the coming months with close cooperation of the British and Portuguese authorities...

...We would like to thank all those involved for their efforts and the members of the public who have come forward with information.

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McCanns 'very pleased' at activity in Madeleine search

Kate and Gerry McCann have said they are "very pleased" that significant activity has taken place in Praia da Luz over the last 10 days.

File photo of Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann.
File photo of Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The McCanns said the fact that no trace of their daughter Madeleine has been found reinforces their belief that she could still be alive.

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'Still substantial amount of work to be done' in McCann search

Madeline McCann.
Madeline McCann. Credit: PA

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeline McCann say there is 'still a substantial amount of work to be completed in the coming weeks and months' as they continue their search.

The investigation, dubbed Operation Grange, has so far failed to find any new evidence relating to the youngster despite scouring a 'horse shaped' shaped piece of waste ground west of Praia da Luz for eight days.

They said they were acting on 'just one hypothesis that she was killed and buried locally.'

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "This was the first phase of the investigation which has been agreed with the Portuguese. More activity has been agreed and we expect that to commence shortly.

"There is still a substantial amount of work yet to be completed in the coming weeks and months, which again should be viewed as no more than normal operational activity in a case of this size and complexity. "

The deployment is the "largest ever undertaken by UK police overseas in a case of this type" with a total of 60,000 square metres of land searched, including all utilities, drainage channels and derelict buildings.

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McCann search to start again tomorrow

The search by police investigating Madeline McCann's disappearance in Portugal has finished for the day and will resume tomorrow.

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports from Praia da Luz.

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I'm told search of location 3 is finished. The operation here, it seems, is complete. #mccann

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Police 'unearth an object' at new McCann search site

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports from Praia da Luz:

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I understand police have unearthed "an object" at the new search site this morning, it's been sent away for analysis. #mccann

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Cordon at second search site now being removed. I'm told focus will shift to "location 3" this afternoon. #mccann

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Important to note that lots of "pieces of evidence" were removed from the first search area last week. #mccann

Read: Madeleine McCann police search second site in Portugal

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Forensic teams in McCann case to search two more sites

Forensic teams involved in the search for Madeleine McCann are expected to move to two other sites after investigators finished their search of an area of scrubland in Praia da Luz.

British police officers pictured searching an area of scrubland last week in the hunt for Madeleine McCann.
British police officers pictured searching an area of scrubland last week in the hunt for Madeleine McCann. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The operation has been halted for two days to coincide with a Portuguese national holiday and will restart on Wednesday.

Read: Madeleine McCann police end scrubland search in Portugal

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Madeleine police finish scrubland search in Portugal

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have finished their first search of an area of scrubland in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

British police officers clearing an area of wasteland in Praia da Luz. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Read: McCann search 'catastrophic' for Portugal resort

Specialist teams used ground-penetrating radar equipment, examined drains and dug holes as they hunted for clues into what happened to Madeleine, who went missing when she was three-years-old from the nearby Ocean Club resort apartment in May 2007.

Cordons around the area of land in the Algarve holiday resort were removed last night.

Read: McCanns 'encouraged' by investigation in Portugal

Reports over Scotland Yard questioning Mccann suspects

A Portuguese paper, Correio da Manha, has speculated today that Scotland Yard has been granted permission from the Portuguese authorities to question three subjects about the case.

The paper also reported that intelligence involving phone calls between three drug dealers when Madeleine disappeared led officer to search the area currently under investigation.

Scotland Yard has declined to comment.

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