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Post  bb1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:01 pm

http://news.sky.com/story/1577755/madeleine-search-dramatically-scaled-back

Madeleine Search Dramatically Scaled Back
The investigation into the three-year-old's disappearance has cost millions of pounds, but so far nobody has been arrested.

The number of Metropolitan Police staff investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is being reduced from 29 to four.

Despite the move, Scotland Yard insists the investigation has not yet reached its conclusion and "there are still focused lines of investigation to be pursued".

"The Met investigation has been painstaking and thorough and has for the first time brought together in one place what was disparate information across the world," Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, who has overseen the inquiry since 2012, said.

"This work has enabled us to better understand events the night Madeleine McCann went missing and ensure every possible measure is being taken to find out what happened to her."

Madeleine was three years old when she vanished while on a family holiday in Portugal in May 2007.

Her parents Gerry and Kate McCann were dining with friends nearby their rented holiday apartment in Praia da Luz at the time.

Portuguese police abandoned their investigation after 15 months without establishing any clues to the mystery, and for three years there was no official search for Madeleine.

With Home Office backing, Scotland Yard began a review of evidence in 2011 and then launched a full-scale investigation two years ago.

The probe has cost millions of pounds and spanned several countries, but so far no arrests have been made.

Police say more  than 60 "persons of interest" have been investigated, while 650 sex offenders have "been considered".

Madeleine's parents say they "fully understand" why the police operation is being scaled back and remain hopeful there will be a breakthrough.

"Whilst we do not know what happened to Madeleine, we remain hopeful that she may still be found given the ongoing lines of inquiry," they said.

Their daughter's disappearance triggered one of the most high-profile missing persons investigations in British history.

In 2014, a team of around 30 officers and police staff travelled to the area to Praia da Luz to search a four acre site not far from where the McCanns had been staying.

And earlier this year, British detectives contacted their Australian counterparts after a young girl's body was found beside a highway in remote South Australia.

However local police "totally excluded" the possibility it could be Madeleine.


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Post  bb1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:08 pm

http://news.met.police.uk/news/update-on-the-investigation-into-the-disappearance-of-madeleine-mccann-135459?

Update on the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

News • Oct 28, 2015 14:49 GMT

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has today, 28 October announced the new structure and changes to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The investigation into what happened to Madeleine continues but with a smaller team of officers. Officers investigating her disappearance have completed the huge task of bringing together and investigating the massive amount of information held by colleagues in Portugal, the United Kingdom investigation and the private investigators working on behalf of the McCann family.

They are now following a small number of focused lines of inquiry that have allowed them to reduce the size of the Home Office funded team.

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in May 2007 have been working through material and following investigative inquiries since the Home Office requested a review of the case in May 2011.

Operation Grange is working to support the Portuguese investigation and this work continues.

While there remain lines of inquiry to follow, the vast majority of the work by Operation Grange has been completed.

This work included reviewing all the material relating to the case which were brought together for the first time and amounted to collating over 40,000 documents from United Kingdom and foreign law enforcement agencies, as well as various private investigation companies.

Officers worked meticulously through the information. Some of the material had to be translated into English, facts had to be cross-referred and diligently analysed to ensure an oversight of what the MPS was examining and to search for new lines of inquiry.

Once this work had been completed the review became a full investigation in July 2012.

The investigation team has taken 1,338 statements and collected 1,027 exhibits. Having reviewed all of the documents, 7,154 actions were raised and 560 lines of enquiry identified, and over thirty international request to countries across the world asking for work to be undertaken on behalf of the Met.

Officers have investigated more than 60 persons of interest. A total of 650 sex offenders have also been considered as well as reports of 8,685 potential sightings of Madeleine around the world.

The Grange team received on average two hundred emails a week, and following the media appeal in October 2013 across three countries, received over 7,000 responses.

For an investigation of this size, the extraordinary circumstances of investigating a missing child four years later in another country, the vast wealth of information and theories, it was always going to be an immense task and required a full team of 29 staff working on it.

With the significant amount of work approaching completion, as with all investigations the MPS has reviewed the staff required to progress the remaining work.

A team of four officers will continue to work solely on the Grange investigation, funded by the Home Office. The enquiry has not reached a conclusion, there are still focused lines of investigation to be pursued.

The officers will continue to be overseen by Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, the current senior investigating officer, and sit within an existing major investigation team on the Homicide and Major Crime Command. This will give them access to officers within that team should they be required to support further operational activity.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, from the MPS said: "The Met investigation has been painstaking and thorough and has for the first time brought together in one place what was disparate information across the world.

"This work has enabled us to better understand events in Praia da Luz the night Madeleine McCann went missing and ensure every possible measure is being taken to find out what happened to her.

"We still have very definite lines to pursue which is why we are keeping a dedicated team of officers working on the case. We have given this assurance to Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.

"The Portuguese police remain the lead investigators and our team will continue to support their inquiry. They have extended every courtesy to Operation Grange and we maintain a close working relationship. I know they remain fully committed to investigating Madeleine's disappearance with support from the Metropolitan Police.

"The Met was asked to take on this exceptional case as one of national interest. We were happy to bring our expertise to bear only on the basis that it would not detract from the policing of London; and the Home Office have additionally funded the investigation above normal grants to the Met. That will continue at the reduced level.

"I have overseen this investigation since 2012 and am very grateful for the enormous assistance of the media and public so far which, through the appeals, have generated new information and lines of Inquiry. "

Our decision and rationale has been discussed with Mr and Mrs McCann.

Mr and Mrs McCann said: "We would like to thank all the staff from Operation Grange for the meticulous and painstaking work that they have carried out over the last four and a half years. The scale and difficulty of their task has never been in doubt.

"We are reassured that the investigation to find Madeleine has been significantly progressed and the MPS has a much clearer picture of the events in Praia da Luz leading up to Madeleine's abduction in 2007.

"Given that the review phase of the investigation is essentially completed, we fully understand the reasons why the team is being reduced.

"We would also like to thank the Home Office for continuing to support the investigation.

"Whilst we do not know what happened to Madeleine, we remain hopeful that she may still be found given the ongoing lines of enquiry. "


The remaining Operation Grange officers will be deployed to other enquiries within Specialist Crime and Operations.

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Post  bb1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:10 pm

If there was any justice, Amoral would be in jail for the mess he made from the very outset; if he'd carried on like that in the UK, he would have had to explain himself in front of a public enquiry.

Of course, in the UK, he would have been suspended from duty when he was made an arguido himself on May 3rd - not allowed to mess up another missing child case.

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Post  bb1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:52 pm

Rosalinda, Cristobell Hutton28 October 2015 at 16:57
Many thanks 16:05. Not many words of comfort there for Gerry and Kate. No mention of abduction and no mention of looking for a live child. And of course the McCanns can no longer complain that leads have not been followed, or that likely suspects have not been interviewed. Every stone has been unturned.

The ball is now back in Portugal's court (where is should be) - the original crime was committed on Portuguese soil. I expect the work of the extradition lawyers will now be stepped up.


Can't that silly moo read simple English words? The investigation is CONTINUING with a small, dedicated team, which was always likely to happen.

After all, because of the balls'-up their beloved Gonzo made, the Met and the new PJ team had to start virtually all over again.

Mutton must have been too busy chortling with glee at the thought of a missing child never being found to bother reading what was actually said.

She clearly missed the bit about the McCanns being kept in the loop by the Yard, too. Lol.

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Post  bb1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:53 pm

In Big Letters for the terminally stupid:


"We still have very definite lines to pursue which is why we are keeping a dedicated team of officers working on the case. We have given this assurance to Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann
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Post  bb1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:16 pm

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Sky news just announced the number of officers on Maddie case is reduced from 29 to 4. Hope this this bad news for K and G.


Then they cry and whine when they are correctly described as HATERS.

Anyone that cackles and crows because they think something has hurt a missing child, and her family, is a HATER.

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Post  bb1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:19 pm

Good point on Injustice:

GFM appeal is removed from PJGA blogspot a.m. today.
Big announcement from SY p.m today.

Go figure
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There are a lot of rumours flying around about Gonzo's Fraudulent Scrounge Fund. Allegedly. Pcorneater

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Post  bb1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:22 pm

Sonia Poulton ‏@SoniaPoulton 5h5 hours ago
People are asking the question: is 'scaling back' police code for 'closing in' or 'covering up' #McCann


Only hater trolls, sweetcheeks, no-one of any importance. Still, it'll give her an excuse to delay the Sonumentary for another decade or two. Pcorneater

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Post  Pedro Silva on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:40 pm

bb1, thank you for these updates.
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Post  Pedro Silva on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:40 pm

"We still have very definite lines to pursue which is why we are keeping a dedicated team of officers working on the case. We have given this assurance to Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann."

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Post  bb1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:43 pm

My pleasure, Pedro. I confess, I am disgusted by the haters that are gloating about this - they are really showing themselves up. They don't even seem to have bothered to read it properly, or they would know that the investigation is CONTINUING.

And that it was only to be expected that the task force would be cut, once the bulk of the labour-intensive work had been done. Which would not have been necessary if their beloved Gonzo hadn't fouled up the first investigation.

No wonder today's PJ detest him, after he blackened their name!

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Post  bb1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:15 pm

Official Find Madeleine Campaign
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We would like to thank all the staff from Operation Grange for the meticulous and painstaking work that they have carried out over the last four and a half years. The scale and difficulty of their task has never been in doubt. We are reassured that the investigation to find Madeleine has been significantly progressed and the MPS has a much clearer picture of the events in PDL leading up to Madeleine’s abduction in 2007.
Given that the review phase of the investigation is essentially completed, we fully understand the reasons why the team is being reduced. We would also like to thank the Home Office for continuing to support the investigation.
Whilst we do not know what happened to Madeleine, we remain hopeful that she may still be found given the ongoing lines of enquiry.
~Gerry and Kate McCann

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Post  Pedro Silva on Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:03 pm

bb1, your words are mine.
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Post  Pedro Silva on Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:04 pm

Official Find Madeleine Campaign
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We would like to thank all the staff from Operation Grange for the meticulous and painstaking work that they have carried out over the last four and a half years. The scale and difficulty of their task has never been in doubt. We are reassured that the investigation to find Madeleine has been significantly progressed and the MPS has a much clearer picture of the events in PDL leading up to Madeleine’s abduction in 2007.
Given that the review phase of the investigation is essentially completed, we fully understand the reasons why the team is being reduced. We would also like to thank the Home Office for continuing to support the investigation.
Whilst we do not know what happened to Madeleine, we remain hopeful that she may still be found given the ongoing lines of enquiry.
~Gerry and Kate McCann
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Post  lily on Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:59 pm

bb1 wrote:Sonia Poulton ‏@SoniaPoulton  5h5 hours ago
People are asking the question: is 'scaling back' police code for 'closing in' or 'covering up' #McCann


Only hater trolls, sweetcheeks, no-one of any importance. Still, it'll give her an excuse to delay the Sonumentary for another decade or two. Pcorneater


who cares about her Sonumentary.  It will not be professional anyway.
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Post  bb1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:26 pm


The investigation into what happened to Madeleine continues but with a smaller team of officers. Officers investigating her disappearance have completed the huge task of bringing together and investigating the massive amount of information held by colleagues in Portugal, the United Kingdom investigation and the private investigators working on behalf of the McCann family.


That's probably what's got the haters so rattled - it doesn't say anything about Armchair defectives that have watched too many episodes of Columbo, and that think Sherlock Holmes was a real person.

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Post  bb1 on Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:54 pm

Some forker:


"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it."

Adolf Hitler.

Worked out well for old Adolf as well didn't it?


A bit like a convicted tax evader, brother-defrauder and perjurer writing a book chock-full of falsehoods and calling it, The Truth of the Lie?

That kind of Big Lie?

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Post  lily on Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:27 pm

You know, you can imagine that Hitler might have loved to use that book title for himself.  Pcorneater
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Post  bb1 on Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:52 pm

risheyes smiling ™ ‏@LoveRandomleigh 3h3 hours ago
Irisheyes smiling ™ Retweeted Heriberto Janosch
Brilliant question, one the trolls won't/can't answer, they're too busy pitch forking Madeleines parents #McCann


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Could the trolls answer why Scotland Yard have investigated 8,685 reports of potential sightings of Madeleine #McCann around the world
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That is indeed a brilliant question, but Trolls For Gonzo are all too thick to work out the implications.

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Post  bb1 on Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:12 pm

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/6716434/McCanns-vow-to-keep-searching-for-Maddie.html

McCanns: We’ll never give up SUN EXCLUSIVE: £750k in Maddie fund

THE parents of missing Madeleine McCann yesterday vowed to carry on the search for her when the police hunt is over.

Kate and Gerry McCann have already ringfenced the rest of the cash in the Find Madeleine Fund, around £750,000, to pay for a team of private investigators — believed to be former police officers.

It will be the FOURTH team of investigators employed by the McCanns, from Rothley, Leics.

Yesterday The Sun told how the police hunt for Madeleine, who vanished aged three from Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007, is being scaled down from 29 cops to four.

The Met’s Operation Grange could be shelved as early as the New Year amid complaints from MPs over its £11million cost.

But a source close to the McCanns said yesterday: “They are very much of the mind, ‘We will never give up’ and they won’t. They have spearheaded the hunt for Madeleine themselves before and will do so again if they have to.”

The family’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Should the need arise for a private investigation to be resumed, they have made sure they have enough money left in Madeleine’s fund.”


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Post  lily on Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:50 pm

Their tenaciousness is to be applauded.
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Post  Pedro Silva on Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:55 pm

‘We will never give up’ and they won’t. They have spearheaded the hunt for Madeleine themselves before and will do so again if they have to.”

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Post  Pedro Silva on Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:55 pm

Their tenaciousness is to be applauded.

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