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Post  Panda on Thu 23 Jan - 7:07

http://www.mccannfiles.com/id232.html


Here comes another one., not funny though is it, desparation to prove Madeleine is "findable"?

If someone feels like doing a copy and paste, feel free , there is a photo of Madeleine which is why i didn't attempt it.  

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Re: Was Madeleine spotted in Earlston?

Post  Panda on Thu 23 Jan - 7:26

Published: 21 Jan 2014 09:00 CNN Rport

DETAILS have emerged of a Borders police investigation into a possible sighting of Madeleine McCann at a petrol station in Earlston - three weeks after she was taken from a holiday apartment in the Algarve on May 3, 2007.

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It was one of several reported sightings of the three-year-old probed in the UK in the immediate aftermath of the youngster's unsolved disappearance.

Statements were taken from a forecourt attendant and the manager of the Rhymers Tower service station in Melrose Road.

These statements, along with those of investigating officers and CCTV stills, were sent to Leicestershire Police, which was co-ordinating the British probe under the codename Operation Task.

The documents were later forwarded to the Portuguese authorities which re-opened its investigation in October last year.

The files show that the possible sighting in Earlston came to light on the afternoon of Monday, May 28, 2007 when PC Gordon McCaa and a colleague, who had been on a local mobile patrol, stopped to buy fuel.

While at the pumps, PC McCaa was, according to his statement, approached by a member of the car sales staff who told him that the female forecourt attendant, who was working inside the shop, would "like a word with me regarding an incident in the premises several days earlier that was playing on her mind".

It transpired that the "incident" had occurred four days earlier – on Thursday, May 24.

In her statement, the female attendant recalled that, at about 3pm on that day, a man drove into the forecourt in a small silver car.

"There was a small girl in the car with him...she looked about four years old," said the witness. "He came into the shop and led the girl into the corridor beside the counter and I asked him what he was looking for.

"He answered 'the toilet' and ask if the ladies was a single cubicle...I answered 'yes' and he said that was what he was looking for.

"He took the girl into the toilets; they were there for about 15 minutes. I thought this was a long time and approached the door several times. I could not hear anything from within.

"After what seemed an unusually long time they came back out into the shop. Neither the child nor the man seemed distressed or flustered. The girl asked for sweets but he said 'no' and came to the counter with a carton of Ribena.

"The man was about 6 feet [tall], dark hair, wore tinted glasses which he removed when he came into the shop. Slim, light-skinned, 40-ish, he spoke with an American accent.

"The child was about four years old with bobbed dirty blonde hair and a fair complexion. She spoke with what I thought was an English accent although she only said 'sweets'.

"The man paid cash, did not buy anything else and did not bring anything in with him. He took the girl back to the car and I think, but cannot be sure, that he put her in the front seat. He sat in the car for a while before he drove away.

"I could not see the car registration number and intended to get it when he drove away. The shop got busy and I missed him driving off. I checked the toilet after they left. It was clean, nothing out of place and not even smelly.

"I do not think I would recognise either of them again."

The files reveal that the service station had a new security system from which the attendant was unable to capture video images. Thus PC McCaa and his colleague returned on Tuesday, May 29, and viewed the video images with the filling station manager who offered to copy them onto a CD Rom. But when the officers returned to their police station they found they could not play the disk.

Back at the service station the following day, the officers watched as the manager copied the images onto another four disks and signed a certificate of authentification.

The disks were then taken to to a special unit at divisional headquarters at Fettes in Edinburgh where the images were reformatted onto video, still CD images and four snapshot stills.

"Due to these images being captured in very compressed computer file format, the quality of image was found to be very poor and enlarging or enhancing the images to read vehicle registration numbers was not possible," reported PC McCaa.

Despite that setback, PC McCaa said the vehicle in question appeared to be a four-door silver or grey Toyota Corolla hatchback and he concluded: "The child in the images bears enough resemblance to Madeleine McCann to warrant further investigation."

The case, along with the evidence gathered by the two officers, was then passed on to the local CID which was liaising with Operation Task.

But the files reveal that further investigations drew a blank.

In a letter to Operation Task, Detective Constable Stephen Halls explained: "We have carried out searches of ANPR [automatic number plate recognition] for similar style vehicles in and around the area of the garage...unfortunately there are no positive results from this."

Also passed to the Leicestershire officers, although not included in the files, was correspondence from a woman of Hawick who claimed to be a medium.

"She made notes as they came to her whilst she was holding an image of Madeleine," reported DC Halls.

All this happened at a time when there was huge media coverage of Madeleine's disappearance – nine days before her fourth birthday - while holidaying with her parents Kate and Gerry and her younger twin siblings.

On the day before the possible sighting in Earlston, the Border Telegraph reported that local festival principals and mounted supporters had worn yellow ribbons – the symbol of the worldwide appeal for Madeleine's safe return – at the first rideouts of 2007.

========I pasted it without the photo of Madeleine, it was the one in the Everton T shirt.

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Re: Was Madeleine spotted in Earlston?

Post  Guest on Thu 23 Jan - 10:09

No.
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Post  Panda on Thu 23 Jan - 10:55

Iris wrote:No.
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There was no need to elaborate Iris    
 
They really are scraping the Barrel and it is embarassing for Britain that such a world wide interest in Madeleine,s disappearance has a Police Force, Scotland Yard, known as one of the best has degenerated to acting  like the Keystone Cops.

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Re: Was Madeleine spotted in Earlston?

Post  Panda on Thu 23 Jan - 11:36

Iv'e just been watching a video on another post about Madeleine going missing and Pat Brown is being interviewed by Montiel....he really is a loudmouth and doesn't give anyone a chance to talk.


Anyway, among the comments, this caught my eye:-

If the McCanns were street sweapers, they would have been arrested years ago for the murder of their child. People don't believe doctors come to the end of their thether like other mortals. There was a Doctor who murdered over 500 of his own customers. These two are going to every lenght to avoid being struck off. The two of them are as guilty as sin.


That's a point, we have never thought of that , Gerry has ambitions and Kate doing her bit for missing children , to be struck off would be a disaster for them, that't why they will not accept that Madeleine is probably dead.

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Re: Was Madeleine spotted in Earlston?

Post  kitti on Thu 23 Jan - 11:58

Americans don't say toilet, they say rest room.



So the girl wasn't distressed , the man wasnt distressed.....and....



If he was an American he's back there now and knows nothing off this ridiculous sighting of him and his daughter.


I'm surprised the press haven't tracked him down...

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Re: Was Madeleine spotted in Earlston?

Post  Panda on Thu 23 Jan - 12:37

kitti wrote:Americans don't say toilet, they say rest room.



So the girl wasn't  distressed , the man wasnt distressed.....and....



If he was an American he's back there now and knows nothing off this ridiculous sighting of him and his daughter.


I'm surprised the press haven't tracked him down...


Since this report is in the Police Files, it has to be Redwood who is liaising with the PRESS.Somebody has to have a word with him , he is becoming a laughing stock and if he is doing this at the request of Clarence or the McCanns he must be taken off the case.

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Re: Was Madeleine spotted in Earlston?

Post  jeanmonroe on Thu 23 Jan - 12:52

So, the 'professional abductor' parades his 'abductee' around a garage shop where anyone can see him, and with CCTV to record him, with the child whose face, and description, is EVERYWHERE at that time..

(not very 'professional' i'd suggest)


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Re: Was Madeleine spotted in Earlston?

Post  jassi on Thu 23 Jan - 15:35

Panda wrote:
kitti wrote:Americans don't say toilet, they say rest room.



So the girl wasn't  distressed , the man wasnt distressed.....and....



If he was an American he's back there now and knows nothing off this ridiculous sighting of him and his daughter.


I'm surprised the press haven't tracked him down...


Since this report is in the Police Files, it has to be Redwood who is liaising with the PRESS.Somebody has to have a word with him , he is becoming a laughing stock and if he is doing this at the request of Clarence or the McCanns he must be taken off the case.

Maybe not - it could be anyone in the team. Few will be immune to a little bribery.

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Re: Was Madeleine spotted in Earlston?

Post  widowan on Thu 23 Jan - 15:36

Motorist has kid who needs to pee.

Film at eleven!

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Post  Panda on Thu 23 Jan - 16:04

widowan wrote:Motorist has kid who needs to pee.

Film at eleven!

Hi widowan, Iv'e had a look at all the channels but can't see anything ....can you tell us the Channel, unless it is sky.

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Re: Was Madeleine spotted in Earlston?

Post  widowan on Thu 23 Jan - 16:05

Panda wrote:
widowan wrote:Motorist has kid who needs to pee.

Film at eleven!

Hi widowan, Iv'e had a look at all the channels but can't see anything ....can you tell us the Channel, unless it is sky.

I'm just being sarcastic. There's no film.

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Re: Was Madeleine spotted in Earlston?

Post  Panda on Thu 23 Jan - 16:45

widowan wrote:
Panda wrote:
widowan wrote:Motorist has kid who needs to pee.

Film at eleven!

Hi widowan, Iv'e had a look at all the channels but can't see anything ....can you tell us the Channel, unless it is sky.

I'm just being sarcastic. There's no film.

Actually , CNN did a marvellous article about the McCanns hiring a hotel Conference room in London , including snacks and drinks to tell the invited Press what was happening , it was the first anniversary of Madeleine,s disappearance.
The Reporter was tongue in cheek. since you live in America you are better placed to find it or ask if it is available.

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Re: Was Madeleine spotted in Earlston?

Post  jinvta on Thu 23 Jan - 17:06

Garbage like this just shows that a live Madeleine is NOT findable. Every single "sighting" has led nowhere. This sighting occurred nearly a month after Madeleine went missing and then was reported another 3 days later. Hardly likely that the "abductor" would be parading the most recognizable child on the planet around with cctv. What is the point in regurgitating this old sighting when the cctv was useless?

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Re: Was Madeleine spotted in Earlston?

Post  widowan on Thu 23 Jan - 17:51

jinvta wrote:Garbage like this just shows that a live Madeleine is NOT findable. Every single "sighting" has led nowhere. This sighting occurred nearly a month after Madeleine went missing and then was reported another 3 days later. Hardly likely that the "abductor" would be parading the most recognizable child on the planet around with cctv. What is the point in regurgitating this old sighting when the cctv was useless?

PR

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