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Well said! Ex met Detective Peter Kirkham writes in Daily Mirror

Post  margaret on Sat 3 May - 10:08

This man seems on the ball, if only he was chosen to lead the case.

May 03, 2014 07:55 By Richard Hartley-Parkinson
Peter Kirkham, a former Metropolitan Police detective has written exclusively for mirror.co.uk on the case

Today marks the seventh anniversary since Madeleine McCann went missing from an apartment in Portugal where she was sleeping while her parents ate at a restaurant with friends nearby.

Peter Kirkham, a former Metropolitan Police detective, has written exclusively for mirror.co.uk saying that he believes the disappearance is likely to be a mystery that will never be solved.

It’s now seven years since Madeleine McCann disappeared in Praia da Luz.

Tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of hours of investigation have been carried out by the Portuguese police, the private investigators employed by the McCann family and detectives from Scotland Yard.

But what has the investigation achieved?

Although recent developments have given the impression that significant progress is now being made, analysis shows that remarkably little is known with any certainty.

This case is, in the language of detectives, most definitely a “sticker”.

As in any investigation, the police need to establish what happened and prove who did it. In this case, unusually, they are unable to do either.

Pretty much all that has been established for sure is that Madeleine went missing during the night, whilst staying with her family in the Portuguese holiday resort.

Although there are numerous theories as to what may have happened to her, no evidence has been found which conclusively proves or disproves any of them.

All, therefore, remain possible hypotheses which the investigators must keep in mind.

The investigation – and the extensive worldwide publicity – has failed to find any direct witness to what happened on the night of May 3 2007.

The nearest the police have got is two witnesses reporting that they saw a man carrying young children nearby.

One of those sightings has eventually been eliminated.

The other has only led to a description and an artist’s impression of a possible suspect.

No-one has yet identified them.

It has been suggested that the crime scene was not initially secured as well as it could have been and some physical trace evidence could have been lost.

Whether or not that is the case, we know there is no fingerprint or DNA sample from the scene from which a suspect can be identified.

Scotland Yard detectives have recently identified two other lines of enquiry.

The first involves tracing a number of people who mobile telephone records place in the area at the time and who have not previously come forward.

The second relates to a linked series of sexual assaults on young children in tourist apartments around Praia da Luz at the time.


The first of these may lead to new information from a new witness, but I think it unlikely.

The second is more promising.

One of the hypotheses is that Madeleine was taken away by someone for a sexual motive.

If a suspect for the series of offences can be identified and traced there is a possibility (but nothing more) that they may be connected with the disappearance of Madeleine.

The longer cases like this go on, the more unlikely it is that they will be solved.

But the police will continue to follow-up all viable lines of enquiry and, sooner or later, if there is some breakthrough evidence there to be found it will come to light.

But I think there is a distinct possibility that this case will turn out to be one of those real, genuine mysteries which is never solved.

That said, as time goes on there is one thing which becomes more likely and that is a call from someone who knows what happened and who has been keeping it secret all this time.

It may be an offender or someone close to them.

But the passage of time, especially with such a high-profile case, makes it ever more difficult to keep the secret.

If there is someone out there with such information, that call could come at any time and when it does it will break the case wide open.


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Re: Well said! Ex met Detective Peter Kirkham writes in Daily Mirror

Post  wantthetruth on Sat 3 May - 10:39

    

Good to see somebody in the MSM saying it how it actually is, instead of the usual McSpin......

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Post  Panda on Sat 3 May - 10:52

Thanks margaret,

It would be good if one of the Tapas Group who I believe are the only ones who would know what happened suddenly got a conscience . I doubt it though because they are all professional people.

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Post  almostgothic on Sat 3 May - 11:48

Thank you margaret.
Thank you Peter Kirkham.
  
A well balanced, thoughtful piece.
I'm mildly surprised that the Mirror let it through without the odd amendment or two.
But then maybe they were all shagged out after the recent pursuit of smelly pot belly and their ongoing publishing of The Gospel According to St Clarence ...

If there had been more articles like this in the past, I wouldn't have had to strictly impose my seven-year-long boycott of British newspapers. A boycott, I might add, that will endure until my death.
Because many of us will never forget ......

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Post  fred on Sat 3 May - 11:49

almostgothic wrote:Thank you margaret.
Thank you Peter Kirkham.
  
A well balanced, thoughtful piece.
I'm mildly surprised that the Mirror let it through without the odd amendment or two.
But then maybe they were all shagged out after the recent pursuit of smelly pot belly and their ongoing publishing of The Gospel According to St Clarence ...

If there had been more articles like this in the past, I wouldn't have had to strictly impose my seven-year-long boycott of British newspapers. A boycott, I might add, that will endure until my death.
Because many of us will never forget
......

SNAP!! I've never bought a paper since and I never will.

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Post  dutchclogs on Sat 3 May - 11:54

  Well said that man   

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Re: Well said! Ex met Detective Peter Kirkham writes in Daily Mirror

Post  kathybelle on Sat 3 May - 13:07

I'm sorry, but I can see nothing in that ex detective's Mirror article, that is worthy of an applause. How dare Kirkham imply that Scotland Yard and the McCann's dodgy detectives, have worked as hard as the PJ on this investigation.

The PJ worked their socks off, to try to bring the McCanns to justice, but they were thwarted every inch of the way, by people within the Portuguese and British Governments, who for reasons best known to themselves and the McCanns, had to make sure that the McCanns were not prosecuted.

In my opinion, if Kirkham was going to state the facts about the McCanns, he was never going to write an article, in a McCann friendly newspaper. I wonder how much he has got paid for writing this trash.

What has Redwood and his team, along with the McCanns dodgy detectives, done to bring the right people to justice? In my opinion a big fat NOTHING.

In my opinion, the only people who are worthy of an applause, are Goncalo Amaral and his team and the ones who searched night and day for Madeleine, while the McCanns were holed up in their apartment with their mates, doing everything they could to save their own skins.


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Post  comperedna on Sat 3 May - 13:07

Peter Kirkham, a plump and thoughtful man, was interviewed on TV about this case some many months ago. I was impressed by him. He was the first cop I heard say that people's alliegiances may change over time, and that one day this factor just might lead to the case's being solved.

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Post  wjk on Sat 3 May - 13:11

Excellent article!   

Thanks margaret x

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Post  Not Born Yesterday on Sat 3 May - 13:36

Kathybelle, I agree with you.

Here's an earlier article about Peter Kirkham.

http://news.sky.com/story/1152167/madeleine-mccann-police-probe-possible-suspect


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