Australian TV show claims to have major new lead in Madeleine McCann case

Madeleine McCann has been missing since 2007 (REX/Shutterstock)
Madeleine McCann has been missing since 2007 (REX/Shutterstock)

An Australian TV show is promising to reveal “major new developments” in the Madeleine McCann case.

Channel 7’s Sunday Night has been trailing what it describes as a “groundbreaking television event”, promising that “breaking evidence” about the case will be revealed exclusively on this weekend’s show.

The supposed breakthrough comes just days from the 10 year anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance.

The three-years-old disappeared from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz on May 3 2007, while her parents dined nearby with friends.

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The Daily Star says a spokesman for the family has called for the show’s producer’s to hand over any new evidence to the police.

He said: “If the Australian TV show contains any credible, fresh lines of inquiry they should, of course, have been given immediately to the police.”

It's now nearly 10 years since Kate and Gerry McCann's daughter disappeared (REX/Shutterstock)
It’s now nearly 10 years since Kate and Gerry McCann’s daughter disappeared (REX/Shutterstock)

A nanny who looked after Madeleine several times during the family’s doomed stay in Portugal spoke to The Mirror this week about the immediate aftermath of her disappearance.

She said Kate “was crying, but almost in a catatonic state, and Gerry was very distressed.” She added that there was “not a chance” that Kate and Gerry were in any way responsible for their daughter’s disappearance.

She said she tells those who are suspicious of the McCanns’ involvement that “there’s no way at all. A, timings and B, where it was, their r­eactions, the whole thing.”

She also blamed local police for bungling the investigation, saying they took about 90 minutes to arrive at the resort, and failed to cordon off the McCanns’ apartment, allowing possible evidence to be contaminated.

She described the effects of this mis-management as “catastrophic”.