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  1. Martin Geissler

Pile of earth suggests 'substantial excavation' at site

Police investigating an area of scrubland close to where Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007 have removed the tent that had protected one "location of interest" yesterday.

An officer logs notes at the scene while her colleagues have shifted their equipment, and attention, to another spot just a few yards away. Credit: ITV News

A pile of earth suggests substantial excavation there, while today's investigations are focused in another spot a few yards away.

There is no suggestion as to what, if anything, they may have found.


Cameras probe drains in Madeleine McCann hunt

Police officers searching scrubland in Portugal in the hunt for Madeleine McCann have sent cameras into drain systems under the wasteland.

Police send cameras into a drain in the search for Madeleine Mccann. Credit: ITV News / Louisa Felton
Police send cameras into the drains system under the wasteland in Praia da Luz. Credit: ITV News/Louisa Felton

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.

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.

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.


Police given seven more days on McCann search site

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.

Scrub patch re-examined during McCann search

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 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.

  1. Martin Geissler

Madeleine police 'taken by surprise' by discovery

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

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

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