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Woman believed McCann internet troll formally identified

A woman who was found dead after being accused of directing online abuse against Madeleine McCann's parents has been formally identified as Brenda Leyland.

Police working on behalf of a coroner will now look at the run-up to the death of Brenda Leyland, who was confronted by a Sky News TV crew over her apparent "trolling" of the couple.

Brenda Leyland was accused of targeting Madeleine McCann's parents with internet abuse. Credit: Sky News

She was tracked down to her house in Burton Overy, Leicestershire, and confronted by crime correspondent Martin Brunt in a report televised last week.


'Organisational arrogance' hampered Maddy probe

'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crime agencies hampered the probe into Madeleine McCann's disappearance, according to the author of a previously unpublished report on the investigation.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 criticised the sense of 'competition' between different agencies. Credit: PA Archive

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.

Report criticises Madeleine McCann investigation

A previously unpublished report into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann says the investigation was hampered because different police forces were competing against one another.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.

Madeleine McCann went missing from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007. Credit: PA Wire

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.

Gerry McCann speaks of fear kidnapper may strike again

Gerry McCann has told reporters that he believes the person who abducted their four-year-old daughter Madeleine in Portugal in 2007 could kidnap another child.

Gerry McCann spoke to reporters after appearing in court in Lisbon in the libel case they brought against an ex-Portuguese police chief. Credit: PA

He was speaking after a court appearance in Lisbon, where he and wife Kate are pursuing a libel case against Portuguese former police chief Goncalo Amaral over allegations he made in a book about their role in the disappearance of their daughter.

Gerry McCann said that their daughter's kidnapper must have been "laughing" at Amaral's claims that there was no abduction and they hid the girl's body.

"He or she or they may strike again," he said. "There's an unsolved serious crime and there's a series of other crimes against children which have come to light who have been on holiday so at the very least these people need to be brought to justice.

"We don't know if Madeleine is alive or dead but there is no evidence that she is dead and she is a missing child and she is completely innocent."

McCann: My son asked me about Madeleine claim

Kate McCann's young son asked her about allegations by a former Portuguese police chief that she hid her daughter Madeleine, she told a court in Portugal today.

Kate McCann told a court today that her son asked her about allegations by an ex-Portuguese police chief. Credit: PA

She was giving a personal statement at Lisbon's Palace of Justice in the libel case brought by her and husband Gerry against Goncalo Amaral over claims he made in a book about their four-year-old daughter's disappearance during a family holiday in Praia da Luz in the Algarve in 2007.

She told the court her son Sean - who was two-years-old when Madeleine went missing - heard about Amaral's allegations on the radio while travelling on the school bus.

"Sean asked me in October 'Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine'. I just said that he said a lot of silly things," she said.

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