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Search for Madeleine McCann continues on wasteland

The search for missing Madeleine McCann continues on wasteland in Praia da Luz, Portugal, as police have applied for an extra seven days to investigate the site.

Read: Madeleine police 'taken by surprise' by discovery

The search for missing Madeleine McCann continues on wasteland in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
The search for missing Madeleine McCann continues on wasteland in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Credit: ITV News / Louisa Felton

The two springer spaniels from South Wales Police that are being used at the site were seen sniffing around a flat area of the scrubland that had been marked out with tape this morning.

It is not clear whether they will work over the weekend and officers are not expected to carry out any searches on Tuesday, as it is a public holiday in Portugal.

More: McCann police apply for extra days on search site

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Sniffer dogs used in Madeleine search

Sniffer dogs are being used today on scrubland close to where Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugal seven years ago as the search looks likely to go into a second week.

British officers, accompanied by their Portuguese counterparts, were expected to examine the area in Praia da Luz on the Algarve until tomorrow but have applied to the judiciary to spend an extra seven days there.

It is not clear whether they will work over the weekend and nothing is expected to be carried out on Tuesday as it is a public holiday.

Today, two springer spaniels were seen sniffing around a flat area of the scrubland that had been marked out with tape.

Yesterday, forensics officers were seen in an area which was previously hidden by undergrowth, while ground-penetrating radar equipment was used in another.

The area being searched, which is a few minutes' walk from the Ocean Club resort apartment where Madeleine and her family were staying when she went missing in May 2007, saw officers focusing their investigations on a hole which had been previously covered by undergrowth.

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Madeleine: Police start fourth day of searching scrubland

A British police officer sifts through soil after it was removed from a site of an area of wasteland during a search for evidence. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

British police will spend a fourth day carrying out investigations on an area of scrubland close to where Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugal seven years ago.

Officers, accompanied by their Portuguese counterparts, were expected to probe the area in Praia da Luz on the Algarve until Friday but have applied to spend an extra seven days there.

More: Police given seven more days on McCann search site

UK police granted seven more days in Madeleine search

ITV News Central correspondent Gareth Owen said British police had been granted another seven days to work on the search area in Praia da Luz.

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I understand UK Police have been granted another seven days to work on the search area. #mccann @itvcentral

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That means the search could continue until next weekend if needed. #mccann @itvcentral

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Scrub patch re-examined during McCann search

Radar equipment on an area of the scrubland.
Radar equipment on an area of the scrubland. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

A patch previously examined in the search near Praia da Luz has been scanned again with ground-penetrating radar equipment to probe for disturbed earth.

It was moved along the ground by a woman dressed in black, accompanied by a man who had scanned the area earlier.

A drone is pictured flying over the search site.
A drone is pictured flying over the site being searched by British police. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The device uses radar pulses to take images of the subsurface of the ground to check for any anomalies.

It can be used to check for disturbances in a variety of substances, including rock, soil, ice and fresh water. It can also detect voids and cracks in buildings and under pavements.

Local forestry workers have been clearing large areas of undergrowth within a scrubland search near the resort where Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007.

Read: Radar equipment used in search for Madeleine McCann

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Video: Activity surges in Portugal Madeleine search

In the last few hours there's been a surge in activity at the site in Portugal where police are searching for missing Madeleine McCann from Leicestershire.

She went missing seven years ago from an apartment in the holiday resort of Praia da Luz in the Algarve.

This morning British police have started using ground penetrating radar at a site a short distance away from the apartment, with the focus around a hole on one part of the site.

ITV News Central Correspondent Gareth Owen has the latest.

Watch: Ground Penetrating Radar: How does it work?

Tweet: Police erect tent over hole in ground during search

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Madeleine police 'taken by surprise' by discovery

by - ITV News Correspondent

By Martin Geissler, ITV News Correspondent

There have been a couple of developments here that have taken us and have perhaps taken the police teams by surprise.

Read: Radar equipment used in search for Madeleine McCann

At the very edge of the wasteland where officers are searching are a couple of white tents.

Under them is a hole. They found it yesterday, it was covered by a couple of sheets of corrugated iron and then that was covered by some soil.

Police erect white tents over a hole they found during the search for Madeleine McCann. Credit: ITV News/Gareth Owen

They dug away and they pulled these sheets apart yesterday and they found this very precise hole in the shape of a square - now, that's of interest to them, they didn't know it was there.

We've seen a couple of police officers in forensic suits inside those tents, we don't know what they've found, we don't know if it is of specific interest but we do know it's something they didn't anticipate when they got here

Read the latest on the search here.

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