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'Organisational arrogance' on the part of different crime agencies hampered the probe into Madeleine McCann's disappearance, according to the author of a previously unpublished report on the investigation.
Jim Gamble told the Guardian: "Each one thought that their agency would bring the best to bear on this. We were all guilty."
He also told Sky News that different agencies trying to make their mark "created a sense of chaos and a sense of competition".
Mr Gamble, the former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, said this had also damaged the relationship between British and Portuguese investigators, leading to further difficulties.
A previously unpublished report into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann says the investigation was hampered because different police forces were competing against one another.
The report from Jim Gamble, the former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, also attacked the decision to put Leicestershire constabulary in charge of the probe.
Mr Gamble said the force was not properly equipped to deal with such a wide-ranging investigation.
According to Sky News the report, originally commissioned in 2009 by then Home Secretary Alan Johnson, led the Metropolitan Police to re-open the investigation in 2011.