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Cameron offers to intervene in Madeline inquiry 'if helpful'

Number 10 has said David Cameron is willing to intervene in the Met police's investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann if it is held up by delays in the Portuguese legal system.

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McCann suspect had 'unhealthy interest' in young girls

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are looking for a lone intruder who sexually abused five girls during break-ins at holiday homes

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said tracing the tanned, dark-haired man man, said to have "an unhealthy interest in young white female children", is one of his priority lines of inquiry.

Madeleine went missing in May 2007 Credit: Family Handout

The man is suspected of breaking in to 12 properties where British families were staying in the Algarve, Portugal between 2004 and 2010.

In the incidents girls aged between seven and 10 years of age were sexually assaulted.

These attacks happened between 2004 and 2006, before Madeleine vanished in 2007.

His team currently have 38 people classed as "persons of interest" to the inquiry, and are also sifting through details of 530 known sex offenders whose whereabouts they cannot account for.

Of those 59 are classed as high priority, and some of those are British.

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