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.

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