Police 'encouraged by progress' in McCann case

Our investigative review is ongoing and we are encouraged by the progress we are making. We are reviewing a significant number of documents and continue to identify potential lines of inquiry.

We can confirm that as part of this process we have identified a number of persons of interest, but any suggestion that the MPS is asking the Portuguese Police to make arrests in connection with this inquiry is entirely inaccurate.

We are in regular contact with Kate and Gerry McCann and they are kept fully updated on the progress of our work.

We also continue to work closely with the Portuguese Police and are actively considering our next steps.

– A Metropolitan Police spokesman

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Madeleine case review 'progress'

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