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Post  cherry1 on Sun 1 Oct - 12:13

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-detectives-hunt-person-11268140

Madeleine McCann detectives hunt 'person of significance' saying finding them is 'one of the critical lines of inquiry'

The investigation has been given an extra £154,000 worth of funding as four officers working on the case are given six more months to find leads


ByJames Jackson,Danya Bazaraa,
09:38, 1 OCT 2017
Updated10:42, 1 OCT 2017


Madeleine McCann detectives have said they are hunting a "person of significance" as part of the investigation to find the missing girl, according to reports.

A source close to Scotland Yard's search operation has said that finding the person in question is one of the "critical lines of inquiry," as reported by The Times.




Officers hope that this line of inquiry may help them to get to the bottom of the mystery, reports say.

Madeleine vanished in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007, while she was on holiday with her family aged three. The hunt for her has cost £11.2million so far.

The investigation has been given an extra £154,000 worth of funding, a move believed to have been made because officers are looking for the 'person of significance'.

The Home Office announced four detectives on the case have been given six more months to find new leads or the probe could be shelved.

Their deadline was set as the Home Office agreed to continue funding Operation Grange - Scotland Yard's search for Madeleine- until March.

The Home Office confirmed the funding and said: “As with all applications, resources required are reviewed regularly and careful consideration is given before any funding is allocated.”

Ex- Met Police detective Colin Sutton previously said: “One would imag­ine, if they are getting more money, they feel there’s still some viable line of enquiry that needs investigating.

“It would be interesting to know what that is, given the restricted remit of Operation Grange.”

Now a source has told The Times: "It is as much to rule out the person out of the inquiry as anything else."

Parents Kate and Gerry, who feared the search could be axed, said they were “extremely thankful to the Home Office and Scotland Yard ”.

Officers have investigated 60 people of interest and 560 lines of enquiry. The team, led by Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, insisted there was “still important work to do and focused lines of investigation”.

A spokesman added: “The inquiry has not reached a conclusion, we are continuing with determination.”

Operation Grange has reportedly conducted no formal interviews with the McCanns or the seven friends they dined with on the night their daughter disappeared.

It is understood that police have been relying on Portuguese transcripts of key interviews with British witnesses.

The team working on Operation Grange said they would not comment on the investigation while it was ongoing.


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Post  cherry1 on Sun 1 Oct - 12:15

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/madeleine-mccann-detectives-hunt-person-of-significance-l9nzz7gm5

from fb comment

This is the section about Colin. - Operation Grange has conducted no formal witness interviews with Gerry or Kate McCann or the seven friends they dined with on the night Madeleine disappeared.

Colin Sutton, a former Met detective chief inspector, said: “I would conduct fresh interviews with all the key British witnesses. We’re talking about interviews given by the McCanns and friends through an interpreter, written down in Portuguese and then translated back into English so officers from Grange can read them. The room for error would be enormous.”
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Post  cherry1 on Sun 1 Oct - 12:16

Is Colin Sutton trying to discredit the PJ Files translations?
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Post  interested on Sun 1 Oct - 17:23

cherry1 - Thank you for posting that Mirror article. What strikes me is that while there have been "no formal interviews with the McCanns or the seven friends they dined with"...."it is understood that police have been relying on Portuguese transcripts of key interviews with British witnesses".

I hope Colin Sutton is not trying to discredit the PJ Files translations but honestly, with all the "ah's, erm's" in those statements, there is enough confusion/contradiction there to warrant/demand the formal interviews SY have so far not conducted. I don't get it - the McCanns and their friends should have been interviewed when the 'investigation' commenced.
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Post  interested on Sun 1 Oct - 17:27

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Post  cherry1 on Sun 1 Oct - 19:19

You're welcome 'interested'

Look at this - Arent the Sun getting Bold!

MADDIE QUIZMadeleine McCann’s parents and ‘Tapas Seven’ have NEVER been quizzed as witnesses by Brit cops – as police hunt ‘person of significance’



MADDIE QUIZMadeleine McCann’s parents and ‘Tapas Seven’ have NEVER been quizzed as witnesses by Brit cops – as police hunt ‘person of significance’


Met detectives have been relying on Portuguese transcripts of formal interviews with key witnesses, including Maddie's parents



By Charlie Parker


1st October 2017, 4:33 pm

Updated: 1st October 2017, 5:56 pm

THE PARENTS of Madeleine McCann and their “Tapas Seven” holiday pals have never been quizzed as witnesses by Scotland Yard into her disappearance.

The £12million six and a half year police probe into Maddie’s feared kidnap, which is hunting “a person of significance”, has not once asked Kate and Gerry, their friends and other key witnesses, for their account on the night the youngster vanished

The Met detectives have been relying on Portuguese transcripts of key interviews with British witnesses, and have never conducted their own, The Times has learned.

Neither Gerry and Kate McCann nor their seven friends they dined with on the night Maddie vanished have been formerly interviewed.

Former Met detective chief inspector Collin Sutton, said: “I would conduct fresh interviews with all the key British witnesses. We’re talking about interviews given by the McCanns and friends through an interpreter, written down in Portuguese and then translated back into English so officers from Grange can read them. The room for error would be enormous.”

A source close to Scotland Yard's search Operation Grange said the new individual is now a "critical line of inquiry" in the investigation.

The source told the newspaper: "It is as much to rule out the person out of the inquiry as anything else."


Seven as witnesses

Madeleine vanished in May 2007, while on holiday with her family in Praia de Luz, Portugal.

The girl, who was then three, was left sleeping in a hotel with her siblings after her parents went for dinner.

Her parents Kate and Gerry McCann have since vowed to never give up on trying to find their daughter who would now be 14.

Kate said: "We will go on, try our hardest, never give up and make the best of the life we have."

The news comes days after cops received £154,000 to keep the investigation afloat.

The extra cash is set to fund the search until March next year.

Kate and Gerry were "extremely thankful to both the Home Office and Scotland Yard for the continued funding," their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said.

Operation Grange was launched in 2011 after the Portuguese-led investigation was shelved in 2008.

There have been more than 8,000 potential sights of the Brit three-year-old since her disappearance.

One of the most seriously regarded sighting was in Amsterdam, 2008.

Shopkeeper Anna Maria Stam told cops a three or four-year-old girl who resembled Madeleine, told her she was with a "stranger" who had taken her "away from mummy".
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Post  interested on Sun 1 Oct - 20:38

Dare I say, the Sun has become brave as well as bold in printing their readers' opinions (at least in the earlier article); no comments showing on the up-dated article...yet.
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Post  cherry1 on Mon 2 Oct - 0:42

The Star getting bold too 'interested'

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/649059/Madeleine-McCann-parents-friend-new-police-investigation

McCanns and friends face new grilling as first quiz 'open to error', says senior officer

BRITISH police investigating Madeleine McCann’s disappearance could reinterview key witnesses, it has been claimed.
By Jerry Lawton / Published 2nd October 2017

A senior officer believes their original witness statements given to Portuguese detectives were lost in translation.

The Metropolitan Police investigation into what happened to the missing youngster has been awarded an extra £154,000 so it can continue for another six months.

So far Operation Grange has lasted six years and cost taxpayers £12million without a breakthrough

In that time, British detectives have neither interviewed Madeleine’s doctor parents Kate and Gerry nor the seven friends they were dining with in a tapas bar when the then three-year-old vanished.

But ex-Met Det Chief Inspector Colin Sutton said UK detectives should have re-interviewed them to determine if their original statements were accurate and if anything had been omitted that could crack the case.

He said: “I would conduct fresh interviews with all the key British witnesses. We’re talking about interviews given through an interpreter, written down in Portuguese and then translated back into English so officers from Grange can read them.

“The room for error would be enormous.”

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Post  interested on Mon 2 Oct - 1:34

"The room for error would be enormous." People lie and will continue to lie.....dogs don't.
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Post  jeanmonroe on Mon 2 Oct - 13:35

"We’re talking about interviews given through an interpreter, written down in Portuguese and then translated back into English so officers from Operation Grange can read them."
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Didn't 'our Kate' have the PJ 'files' ALL 'translated' into English, LONG BEFORE OG, at a 'cost' of £100,000, 'charged to' the publicly donated to, madeleine's fund' LNSU?

And CM said, at the 'time', 2008-2009...... 'sadly there were NO 'leads' in the 'her' translated 'files'?

BHH, and ex DCI Redwood, NEVER 'explained' why OG did NOT 'use' KM's £100,000 'translated' (into English) PJ files as a 'basis' for OG.

But BHH did 'admit', on record/video that OG, at a huge (UK taxpayers) 'cost'............had 'translated' the PJ files. ('into English').......themselves!

WHY did OG NOT 'use' KM's already 'translated' (into English) PJ files?

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Post  interested on Mon 2 Oct - 15:35

Hopefully because OG doesn't trust the Kate "approved" and publicly funded translations.
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Post  interested on Mon 2 Oct - 23:54

If I'm incorrect, please correct me - I believe this is the first time the general public has become aware that SY has never questioned the McCanns and their friends (and probably don't know or remember they all have a "pact").
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Post  cherry1 on Tue 3 Oct - 0:42

I think you are right 'interested' and imagine the public would be very shocked
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