Madeleine case reopened

The Portuguese attorney general has said the formal investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance is to be reopened due to new leads in the case. Her parents say they are "very pleased" at the news.

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Police will be in Portugal regularly over Madeleine case

Officers have said that they will travel regularly to Portugal as part of the UK investigation, following a meeting with Portuguese police, the Met Police said in a statement.

Assistance Commander Mark Rowley, specialist crime and operations, said: "The meeting was very positive, and we and the Policia Judiciara have a shared determination to do everything possible to discover what happened to Madeleine.

Portuguese prosecutors have reopened the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Credit: PA Wire

"Colleagues in Portugal fully shared with us the developments in their review, and the fact that they were taking the significant step of applying for the investigation to be formally reopened.

"From the near future, MPS detectives from Operation Grange will travel regularly to Portugal under the terms of the ILOR in relation to the UK investigation."


McCanns met police in Lisbon over reopening case

The Met Police said Assistance Commander Mark Rowley and Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood attended a meeting with senior Portuguese officers in Lisbon on October 17 over the Madeleine McCann case.

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann, Kate and Gerry. Credit: PA Wire

At the request of the Portuguese Policia Judiciary, the Met officers were briefed on new lines of enquiry, separate to those being followed by the MPS.The group were later joined by Kate and Gerry McCann who were briefed on the plans to reopen the investigation.

Metropolitan Police: 'We still have a way to go'

The Metropolitan Police have welcomed the new Portuguese investigation, but warned that there was still "a way to go."

This is a welcome development, but both sides of the investigation are at relatively early stages, with much work remaining to be done. This new momentum is encouraging, but we still have a way to go, and as with all major investigations, not all lines of enquiry that look promising will yield results.

– AC Mark Rowley, Specialist Crime and Operations, Metropolitan Police


Theresa May welcomes Portuguese Madeleine inquiry

The Home Secretary said she welcomed the news that Portuguese police would re-open the case in to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Theresa May said: "I welcome the developments that have taken place and the work the Metropolitan Police are doing with the Portuguese police on this case. I hope that what we're going to see is a resolution to this case for the sake of Maddie's parents and family."

McCanns: Reopening case 'important step forward'

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann, Kate and Gerry. Credit: PA Wire

The parents of Madeleine McCann believe it would be an "important step forward" if Portuguese police reopened the investigation into the disappearance of their daughter.

A spokesman for the couple told the Daily Mirror: “Kate and Gerry don’t want to get their hopes up too much. But if the Portuguese do resume their investigation it would be a significant development and an important step forward.”

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