Madeleine cops to scour phones

British police are to make the first comprehensive attempt to track those in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance using mobile records of people from 31 different countries.

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'Fresh, substantive' evidence found by Madeleine cops

Gerry and Kate McCann's daughter, Madeline, disappeared from a holiday flat in Portugal six years ago on May 2007.
Gerry and Kate McCann's daughter, Madeline, disappeared from a holiday flat in Portugal six years ago on May 2007. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Kate and Gerry McCann are to make a significant television appeal in light of "fresh, substantive" material unearthed as part of a British police investigation into their daughter's disappearance.

The McCanns will appear live in the studio during an episode of BBC Crimewatch on Monday October 14, which will also feature a reconstruction and pre-recorded interviews with the couple.

Scotland Yard is for the first time trawling through a vast log of mobile phone traffic identified in Praia da Luz, in Portugal, at the time of Madeleine's disappearance.

Madeleine police to scour phone records for clues

Madeleine disappeared in Portugal six years ago Credit: Family handout

Scotland Yard is for the first time to trawl through a vast log of mobile phone traffic identified in Praia da Luz, in Portugal, at the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance.

In a process detectives say could be key to discovering what happened to the-then three-year-old, any person who was present in the Algarve town on or around May 3 2007 could receive a phone-call from the Metropolitan Police.

Describing the programme, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "It's substantially different. It's not just a bland 'can you help us' appeal, there is some different material and a different understanding to be presented."