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Madeleine McCann: hope and persistence rewarded

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Madeleine McCann: hope and persistence rewarded

Post by Pedro Silva on Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:07 am

Madeleine McCann: hope and persistence rewarded

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/27/madeleine-mccann-hope?INTCMP=SRCH

Kate and Gerry McCann have always stressed they have never seen any evidence that their daughter is dead

guardian.co.uk, Friday 27 April 2012 12.47 BST
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For five long and dreadful years, at every opportunity possible, Kate and Gerry McCann have stressed one fact: they have never seen any evidence that their daughter Madeleine is dead, and so they hope fiercely and assume she still lives.

They voiced this belief again and again after the three-year-old vanished from their holiday apartment in the Algarve in May 2007. They insisted on it as Portuguese police suspicion fell on them unjustifiably, the country's attorney general later found and as parts of the British media libelously insinuated that the couple were involved in the child's disappearance.

They clung to their belief in the summer of 2008 when Portuguese investigators, lacking ideas and weary of criticism of a manhunt that had been bodged from the start, abandoned the search, leaving the two doctors to hunt alone for their daughter.

Horribly slandered but undeterred the couple gathered what resources they could and hired private detectives.

"We'll never give up on finding her, how could we?" Kate said last year. "What parent would give up on their child?"

On Wednesday that dogged persistence was rewarded when a team from the Metropolitan police, who have been reviewing the initial investigation after an intervention last year by the prime minister, agreed with the McCanns.

Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said he "genuinely" believed Madeleine could still be alive.

Crucially for the couple, this assertion is based on more than simply an absence of information to the contrary. Though Redwood would not be drawn, the Met position is based on new leads uncovered after a trawl through overlooked evidence, data that had not been analysed, and disregarded clues that the swamped Portuguese investigation was not considering.

This is not a new, hopeful, sighting of a pretty blonde child in Spain, Morocco or Australia; there have been dozens of those and all came to nothing.

Redwood called this "genuine new information". It could prove to be the smallest of leads, and Portuguese officers have yet to agree to the Met request for the case to be re-opened. But it is something.

If the announcement has offered an important vindication for the couple, it also represents an opportunity for British policing to redeem itself with regard to this situation.

The early decision by Leicestershire police the "home force" of the McCanns, who live in Rothley to stand back in favour of Portuguese investigators was perhaps understandable given international protocols. But by the late summer of 2007 Leicestershire was closely involved in the investigation, lending specialist sniffer dogs and forensics experts to the hunt.

It was, the attorney general found, largely due to a catastrophic misinterpretation of the evidence collected by these officers that the Portuguese team came to suspect the McCanns in the disappearance. A blinkered investigation, prejudicial police leaks and a rash of misjudged headlines followed.

Last month, Matt Baggott, at the time chief constable of Leicestershire, admitted to the Leveson inquiry that he had known the Portuguese officers, then heavily briefing reporters that the McCanns were guilty, were wrong on crucial DNA evidence.

He could have corrected reporters' errors, even behind the scenes, he admitted, but had judged it better not to.

The damage done to the hunt for Madeleine by the tarnishing of the McCanns might never be known.

The couple did not attend the police briefingon Wednesday .

After four bruising years, during which they received almost no police guidance and were forced to rely on PR experts for help in negotiating both the enormous media interest and the investigation, they were last year assigned a Met police family liaison officer. This officer keeps them up to date with developments, out of the public eye.

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Post by rosemary on Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:33 am

What a catalogue of utterly appalling treatment of both Kate and Gerry. From both the UK and the Portugese.
Matt Baggott should be taken out and shot. How he has the absolute nerve to attempt to defend his own actions I cannot fathom. He was in a position of great trust by the Mccanns and he abused it dreadfully. All of that protestation of defence of his actions or rather, INaction, is absolute hogwash. He behaved in a cowardly and measley mouthed way by not defending the Mccanns and by not coming out publicly to the British (and consequently the Portugese) Press that all that DNA rubbish was exactly that, rubbish and above all elese by not fighting their corner. He says he believed he did the right and reading between the lines, the diplomatic thing, not wishing to upset diplomatic relations with the Portugese. BS! What he really means is that he was too apathetic to do so. And too cowardly. And too concerned about his own career moves. He "judged it better not to"...I hope that phrase will haunt him all his days.

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Post by dianeh on Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:09 pm

Crucially for the couple, this assertion is based on more than simply an absence of information to the contrary. Though Redwood would not be drawn, the Met position is based on new leads uncovered after a trawl through overlooked evidence, data that had not been analysed, and disregarded clues that the swamped Portuguese investigation was not considering.

This is very encouraging. Dare we raise our hopes?
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Post by dianeh on Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:10 pm

Rosemary, totally agree about that maggot Baggot. What possible reason could there be for keeping quiet when he knew the evidence showed the opposite to what the PJ were saying.
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Post by jean on Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:41 pm

Words fail me. I can imagine the despair the McCanns feel when they read report after report about the incompetence of the police in both countries. Who on earth cares about diplomatic relations when a three year old child is missing? I hope they rot in hell for what they have NOT done.

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