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Madeleine: 'Major Flaws In Police Probe'

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Madeleine: 'Major Flaws In Police Probe'

Post by christabel on Fri May 01, 2009 10:18 am

Madeleine: 'Major Flaws In Police Probe



12:08am UK, Friday May 01, 2009
Madeleine McCann may never be found due to major flaws in the police investigation into her disappearance, according to a leading child protection expert.





The report claims the police strategy could have led to major evidence being lost

Mark Williams-Thomas, a former police detective, has written a damning report, which highlights several police failings in the hours after Madeleine went missing.
There was no perimeter set up around the crime scene and no immediate search of the surrounding area which could mean vital evidence was lost.
Mr Williams-Thomas told Sky News: "Crime scene analysis and a finger-tip search would have revealed significant clues.
"They may not have ended up finding her but these factors would have had a major impact on the situation."


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The former detective was also critical of the police's expertise in handling a case of this magnitude.
"The man in charge of the investigation had no qualifications or training in searching for missing people," Mr Williams-Thomas claims.
"There aren't many crimes of this sort in Portugal, they should have appointed a more experienced officer, who could have run the investgation more effectively."
He says that a sterile inner cordon was not created in the apartment, and as a result major evidence could have been missed.
Mr Williams-Thomas also feels that the Portuguese police failed to use the media to help with the investigation.
A description of Madeleine and what she was wearing was not released early in the investigation.
He said: "The media plays a significant role because it's the best way to communicate information to a mass audience.
"The police rarely solve cases on their own, they rely on public information to piece it together."
The report also says that Kate and Gerry McCann made suspects, or arguidos, as a result of ambiguous evidence.
"The evidence clearly shows there was no link to the parents," he said.
"The police should have ruled them out early on, rather than after exhausing all over avenues."


http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Madeliene-McCann-Investigation-New-Report-Criticises-Police-Handling-Of-Case/Article/200904415272657
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Post by dianeh on Fri May 01, 2009 12:35 pm

Very interesting.

"The evidence clearly shows there was no link to the parents," he said.

If it is clear to Mark Williams Thomas, then why is it not clear to Amaral?

What I find most interesting is that Mark Williams Thomas has now had access to the DVD files, so he is able to take an indepth look at was has occured. And after doing so, he is critical of the way the investigation was handled.

I wonder if Rebelo came to the same conclusions. And if he did, why then was no action taken against Mr Amaral?

One can only ponder.

And also the claim that the media should have been more involved. Yet the involvement of the media is one of the things the anti's condemn the McCanns for. When here we have an expert in the field saying the media was not used enough. Just how did the PJ think they were going to solve this case without involving the media. They were after all supposedly looking for an abducted child, and even if they believed her to have been killed, that does not preclude receiving information from the public.

I would like to read the whole report, to see if it is as critical as this overview would appear to be.
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Post by calcite51 on Fri May 01, 2009 1:53 pm

I agree Diane and Christabel with the pretty well all the comments with Mark Williams Thomas - the one about the media I'm iffy - think he should have slammed the leaks to the tabloids and emphasize the use of reputable media outlets.
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Post by vee8 on Fri May 01, 2009 4:43 pm

It seems pressure is starting to mount, at long last, at least here in this country.
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Re: Madeleine: 'Major Flaws In Police Probe'

Post by Catkins on Fri May 01, 2009 9:54 pm

christabel wrote:Madeleine: 'Major Flaws In Police Probe



12:08am UK, Friday May 01, 2009
Madeleine McCann may never be found due to major flaws in the police investigation into her disappearance, according to a leading child protection expert.





The report claims the police strategy could have led to major evidence being lost

Mark Williams-Thomas, a former police detective, has written a damning report, which highlights several police failings in the hours after Madeleine went missing.
There was no perimeter set up around the crime scene and no immediate search of the surrounding area which could mean vital evidence was lost.
Mr Williams-Thomas told Sky News: "Crime scene analysis and a finger-tip search would have revealed significant clues.
"They may not have ended up finding her but these factors would have had a major impact on the situation."


Kate and Gerry McCann


The former detective was also critical of the police's expertise in handling a case of this magnitude.
"The man in charge of the investigation had no qualifications or training in searching for missing people," Mr Williams-Thomas claims.
"There aren't many crimes of this sort in Portugal, they should have appointed a more experienced officer, who could have run the investgation more effectively."
He says that a sterile inner cordon was not created in the apartment, and as a result major evidence could have been missed.
Mr Williams-Thomas also feels that the Portuguese police failed to use the media to help with the investigation.
A description of Madeleine and what she was wearing was not released early in the investigation.
He said: "The media plays a significant role because it's the best way to communicate information to a mass audience.
"The police rarely solve cases on their own, they rely on public information to piece it together."
The report also says that Kate and Gerry McCann made suspects, or arguidos, as a result of ambiguous evidence.
"The evidence clearly shows there was no link to the parents," he said.
"The police should have ruled them out early on, rather than after exhausing all over avenues."


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GRRR We could have told them that.........and we're no experts.........Poor Madeleine......... pullinghairout
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