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Police set to interview former handy men who worked at Madeleine holiday club/Daily Express

Post  Annabel on Mon 28 Oct - 8:40

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/439616/Police-set-to-interview-former-handy-men-who-worked-at-Madeleine-holiday-club


Police set to interview former handy men who worked at Madeleine holiday club

POLICE probing Madeleine McCann’s disappearance want to interview two odd-job men who worked at the Algarve holiday club where she ­vanished.

By: Anil Dawar
Published: Mon, October 28, 2013

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Police want to interview two handy men who worked at the club where Madeleine McCann went missing [EPA]

The pair had worked inside the McCann family’s apartment two days before she was snatched. They later told police a gang of gypsies were responsible for burglaries in the area.

The Portuguese men are just two of 41 on a Scotland Yard list of “people of interest”. They were employed at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz.

A separate case review by Portuguese police has also come to the conclusion that resort employees could hold the key to Madeleine’s disappearance in May 2007.

Both forces have run exhaustive background checks on a number of people questioned during the original inquiry. But according to Portuguese public prosecutors the investigations turned up “very little”.

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Madeleine disappeared from the holiday flat whilst her parents were out for dinner [PA]


'Luis Ferro and Mario Moreira were ordered to flat 5A to mend a broken blind in parents Kate and Gerry McCann’s bedroom around 10am on May 1, 2007'


More than 130 employees were quizzed by detectives led by former police chief Goncalo Amaral in the original inquiry .

They included the two maintenance workers who fixed a window blind in the McCanns’ holiday apartment two days before the three-year-old went missing.

Luis Ferro and Mario Moreira were ordered to flat 5A to mend a broken blind in parents Kate and Gerry McCann’s bedroom around 10am on May 1, 2007.

During an interview four days after Madeleine vanished Mr Ferro blamed gypsies for a spate of thefts in the area but offered no information on how the youngster disappeared. The handyman told officers he saw Roma stealing firewood from one of the resort’s warehouses about four months before the girl’s disappearance.

Mr Moreira, who had been working at the Ocean Club for 20 years when he was interviewed, said he had not noticed anything strange in the days leading up to Madeleine’s disappearance and was at home at the time. Police involved in the initial probe reported at the time: “Nothing relevant or useful for the ongoing investigation came out of the interviews.

“Nothing was obtained from them that permitted us to follow any new line of investigation.”

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Madeleine wen missing six years ago [PA]

Most of the staff working at the Ocean Club when Madeleine disappeared have now moved on. And there is no suggestion the two maintenance workers are in any way connected to Madeleine’s disappearance. The case was reopened earlier last week by ­Portugal’s attorney-general after police in the country unearthed fresh leads. A source close to the case said: “The original inquiry had holes in it. New material relating to what happened before and after Madeleine’s disappearance has been unearthed.

“Connecting that with information in the existing case files has led to more than reasonable suspicions about what happened to Madeleine that night.”

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Re: Police set to interview former handy men who worked at Madeleine holiday club/Daily Express

Post  kitti on Mon 28 Oct - 9:07

how have they got this news when their is total secrecy in portugal?

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Post  Panda on Mon 28 Oct - 9:21


Thanks Annabel ,


The Portuguese men are just two of 41 on a Scotland Yard list of “people of interest”. They were employed at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz."

Morriera, one of the Handymen had been working at the OC for 20 years !!!!!! Would he suddenly decide to kidnap a child???

Redwood really is scraping the Barrel now.




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Post  mossman on Mon 28 Oct - 9:25

kitti wrote:how have they got this news when their is total secrecy in portugal?

Kitti, I assume if SY are doing the interviewing it is not subject to the Judicial Secrecy laws.

Crying out loud, those blind fixers are hardly a revelation, they are in the files. No wonder SY are taking for ever if they are part of the infamous 41 people of interest.

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Our Maddie, A ‘Friend Says’ And The Handymen/ANORAK

Post  Annabel on Mon 28 Oct - 14:08

http://www.anorak.co.uk/372536/madeleine-mccann/madeleine-mccann-our-maddie-a-friend-says-and-the-handymen.html/

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Re: Police set to interview former handy men who worked at Madeleine holiday club/Daily Express

Post  widowan on Mon 28 Oct - 14:17

Annabel wrote:http://www.anorak.co.uk/372536/madeleine-mccann/madeleine-mccann-our-maddie-a-friend-says-and-the-handymen.html/
They saw nothing, by ten AM madeleine would have been in the crèche, the blinds were broken by Gerry man handling them, and the workers did not see anything. I suppose their witness statement will be that gypsies were responsible for break ins in the area.

Speaking of Gypsies, we have Clarence's statement
Whenever any child is recovered in circumstances like this it gives Kate and Gerry hope that Madeleine, too, will also be found.

The Roma children in Ireland weren't "recovered" - they were snatched from their homes by police because they didn't look like their parents, thanks to the McCann investigation and have since been returned to them and will probably sue the pants off someone -

it's amazing what you can do with a good attorney these days.

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Re: Police set to interview former handy men who worked at Madeleine holiday club/Daily Express

Post  AnnaEsse on Mon 28 Oct - 16:57

I wonder if those two handymen will be asked to describe what they saw in the apartment, e.g., did they get an impression of who was sleeping where?

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Post  widowan on Mon 28 Oct - 17:06

AnnaEsse wrote:I wonder if those two handymen will be asked to describe what they saw in the apartment, e.g., did they get an impression of who was sleeping where?
After all this time? With all the cots in various apts they'd have been called to fix things in, after six years? Maybe they can remember seeing a cot in the room they were asked to work in - rather than two twin beds pushed together.

Kate's book has the men working in their bedroom, the one in the back, not in the kids' room where the blinds were lowered the first day and left that way since the kids only used that room to sleep in.

At least those guys would have been interviewed in their own language so they could have more detailed answers. kate said she left to play tennis or something and they were left in the apt. I guess that provides a time for them to go into the kids' room an unlock the window from inside if they were going to be "in on it." Of course if they were going to be in on it it'd be rather easier to just make a copy of the master key and had that over to whomever was going to go in. That would make a noisy, obvious entrance via the window unnecessary.

I think the big questions will be around whom they had stated was responsible for break ins or anything they knew about break ins in the resort, since they'd have been called to repair the damages of break ins.

There WERE robberies in the area, so McCanns and friends were apparently notified when told of why it was not good to leave the kids alone when they were asking about the listening service. ?

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Re: Police set to interview former handy men who worked at Madeleine holiday club/Daily Express

Post  kitti on Mon 28 Oct - 17:37

They mended the washing machine too.....perhaps she needed something rather urgently washed.


If she washed the pjs by hand why not do the rest.

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Post  kitti on Mon 28 Oct - 17:39

The very same window which had a Veranda that the dogs found a hint off cadaver scent under Neath.

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