New Maddie info 'encouraging'

Madeleine McCann's parents are "greatly encouraged" by new information about the disappearance of their daughter, they said in a statement ahead of a fresh appeal to be aired on BBC Crimewatch on Monday 14th October.

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Three-year-old to play Madeleine in reconstruction

A BBC Crimewatch reconstruction of Madeleine McCann's disappearance will star a three-year-old actress as Maddie.

A small production team from the programme have spent a week filming abroad for the new appeal, which goes to air on Monday 14th October.

Crimewatch presenter Kirsty Young speaks to the McCanns in the new programme, while presenter Matthew Amroliwala has been to Praia da Luz in Portugal to explore the new focus of the police investigation.

The McCanns and the senior investigating police officer will also be live in the studio.

Phone records help police identify new Maddie leads

The Metropolitan Police have promised "targeted and new appeals" for information about Madeleine McCann's disappearance as detailed phone records are helping them build up a picture of who was in the area at the time.

Earlier this week, Scotland Yard revealed that:

  • 41 people of interest have been identified
  • These include 15 UK nationals
  • 31 international letters of request have been sent, mostly European countries
  • A large list of phone numbers belonging to people in the area has been drawn up

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Police hope appeal will bring forth new witnesses

The senior investigating officer into Madeleine McCann's disappearance has said he hopes the forthcoming appeal will prompt new witnesses to come forward.

Metropolitan Police's Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood who is leading the investigation Credit: PA/PA Wire

Metropolitan Police's Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said: "We now believe we have the most complete picture to date of the events surrounding her disappearance.

"We are now making targeted and new appeals for help from the public.

"I truly believe there are people out there who hold the key to Madeleine's disappearance, and that so far they may be completely unaware of that fact."

McCanns 'greatly encouraged' by new information

Madeleine McCann's parents are "greatly encouraged" by new information about the disappearance of their daughter, they said in a statement ahead of a fresh appeal.

Gerry and Kate McCann hold a picture of daughter Madeleine Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Next Monday, the BBC's Crimewatch will show a reconstruction of the "latest, most detailed understanding" of the events surrounding her disappearance, and a fresh appeal for information.

Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, said: "We are greatly encouraged by new information coming to light with pieces of the jigsaw now fitting together.

"We are really hopeful that the forthcoming appeal on Crimewatch will bring further new evidence which will take us a step closer to finding Madeleine and to bringing those responsible for her abduction to justice," they added.

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