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  • Missing Madeleine McCann: Suspect 'Died in 2009 and Was Previously Investigated …
    Missing Madeleine McCann: Suspect 'Died in 2009 and Was Previously Investigated … Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    The sex attacker who Met Police say could be a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is already known to Portuguese police and died in 2009, according to reports. Scotland Yard said they are looking for information on a male who entered villas occupied by UK families in the western Algrave at least 12 times between 2004 and 2010. But Portuguese police said the man they are looking for is likely to be Euclides Monteiro, a suspect they have already been investigating who died in a tractor accident in 2009.  Police in Portugal said they told Scotland Yard all they know about Monteiro, including that he was arrested on suspicion of some of the sex attacks but was released without charge, according to The Times. More »

  • PM ready to help speed Maddie probe
    PM ready to help speed Maddie probe Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    The Prime Minister has said he is willing to step in if the British investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is held up by delays in the Portuguese legal system. More »

  • What is 'Missing White Woman Syndrome'?
    What is 'Missing White Woman Syndrome'? Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    Missing white woman syndrome describes the extensive media coverage received by young, white, attractive, preferably rich females who go missing. So-called "missing pretty girl syndrome", or "damsel in distress syndrome", is widespread in the US, Canada, and is also apparent in the UK and Europe. An example of the disparity in media coverage can be seen in the case of the three American female soldiers Jessica Lynch, Shoshana Johnson and Lori Piestewa, ambushed during the Iraq War in 2003. More »

  • Madeleine Police Appeal Over Abuse Suspect
    Madeleine Police Appeal Over Abuse Suspect Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    Police searching for Madeleine McCann have launched a search for a man who abused children in holiday homes in Portugal. A three-year-old Madeleine vanished in May 2007 from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz while her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, dined at a nearby tapas restaurant with friends Of the 12 offences at the centre of the new lead, four were in Carvoeiro, six in the Vale da Parra and two in Praia da Luz. "If you have been a victim of a similar crime please come forward, even if you reported the incident to police in Portugal, or anywhere else. More »

  • UK police seeking sex attacker in McCann case
    UK police seeking sex attacker in McCann case Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — British police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann said Wednesday they are seeking an intruder who sexually assaulted five girls in the region of southern Portugal where the British toddler was last seen. More »

  • The 5 at 5: Wednesday
    The 5 at 5: Wednesday Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock… More »

  • Madeleine McCann police seeking sex attacker
    Madeleine McCann police seeking sex attacker Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — British police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann said Wednesday they are seeking an intruder who sexually assaulted five girls in the region of southern Portugal where the British toddler was last seen. More »

  • UK police in Madeleine McCann case probe new intruder link
    UK police in Madeleine McCann case probe new intruder link Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - British detectives investigating the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann said they were looking for a man suspected of carrying out a series of sexual assaults on young girls staying in Portuguese holiday villas between 2004 and 2010. McCann, then aged three, went missing from her bedroom at the Praia da Luz holiday resort in the Algarve region while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby restaurant, leading to a global search that gripped the world's media. London police, who started a review of the case in 2011 and began their own investigation last year, said on Wednesday they were looking for more information about 12 crimes committed in Portuguese holiday resorts. Two of the 12 offences were committed in Praia da Luz. More »

  • Madeleine McCann police seek sex attacker
    Madeleine McCann police seek sex attacker Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal said Wednesday they were looking for a lone intruder who sexually abused five girls after breaking into holiday villas. More »

  • Intruder sought in Madeleine probe
    Intruder sought in Madeleine probe Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are looking for a lone intruder who sexually abused five girls during break-ins at holiday homes. More »

  • Missing Madeleine McCann: Police Hunt Man Who Sexually Assaulted Five Girls …
    Missing Madeleine McCann: Police Hunt Man Who Sexually Assaulted Five Girls … Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    Police investigating the disappearance of Madeline McCann said they are searching for a male who sexually assaulted five girls in Algarve holiday homes between 2004 and 2006. Detectives investigating Madeleine's disappearance said that while these incidents were not identical, there were many similar aspects. Of the 12 offences, four took place in Carvoeiro, six in the Vale da Parra district of Praia da Gale and two in Praia da Luz – the resort from which Madeleine went missing in 2007. More »

  • Madeleine McCann search: Police hunt intruder who sexually abused children
    Madeleine McCann search: Police hunt intruder who sexually abused children Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    Scotland Yard says it wants to identify a man who assaulted children in the area where Madeleine McCann went missing almost seven years ago. More »

  • Madeleine McCann Suspect Euclides Monteiro Innocent, Claims Widow
    Madeleine McCann Suspect Euclides Monteiro Innocent, Claims Widow Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    The widow of the prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case has defended her late husband and insisted "I'd have turned him in if he did it." Police in Portugal questioned Luisa Rodrigues, 40, about what her Euclides Lopes Monteiro may have known of Madeleine's disappearance from a holiday resort in Praia da Luz in 2007. Officers suspected Monteiro because he was a convicted burglar who was in the resort around the time Madeleine, aged three at the time, was taken from her hotel room in one of the world's most famous missing person cases. Rodrigues was quizzed by two police officers about Monterio in her home village of Lagos, 15 minutes from Praia da Luz. More »

  • Madeleine McCann: Scotland Yard Closing In On Three Key Suspects in Portuga …
    Madeleine McCann: Scotland Yard Closing In On Three Key Suspects in Portuga … Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    Scotland Yard have said they are closing in on the three main suspects in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. A senior officer has revealed that the investigation is 'moving forward', as British detectives issue a third international letter to Portuguese Police requested for help in the effort to discover what happened to the missing toddler.   Letters of request are standard protocol in which the Portuguese police are asked to carry out certain aspects of the investigation on the British force's behalf. Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, who is overseeing the operation said: "Clearly the investigative tempo is moving forward as we're progressing the investigation and the work that we're asking the Portuguese to undertake for us. More »

  • Madeleine McCann Cops Hunt Resort Workers
    Madeleine McCann Cops Hunt Resort Workers Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    British police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance have asked their Portuguese counterparts to search the homes and bank accounts of three suspects. A Scotland Yard team led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood made the request during meetings about new leads in the case with senior members of Portugal's Policia Judiciaria earlier this week. Investigators believe the trio were workers at the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz, where the McCann family were staying in 2007 and were behind a string of burglaries in the weeks before Madeleine, then three, went missing. Former Ocean Club worker Nelson Rodrigues, told Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt that employees at the complex would have had the perfect opportunity to snatch a child. More »

  • Madeleine: 'Yard team seeks search'
    Madeleine: 'Yard team seeks search' Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    British police searching for missing Madeleine McCann want their Portuguese counterparts to search the homes and examine the bank accounts of three former employees of the resort where she vanished, it is reported. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    Everyone’s talking about pylons, unrest in Ukraine, the tragic death of a Cork teen, and a terror threat against a soldier. More »

  • Madeleine: UK Police Fly Home From Portugal
    Madeleine: UK Police Fly Home From Portugal Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    British police have left Portugal after liaising with local officers investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. A Scotland Yard team flew to the Algarve after British authorities sent a letter to Portuguese police requesting help with tracking down and interviewing three burglars who were in the area when Madeleine vanished. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the investigation for the Metropolitan Police, was pictured arriving in Faro with three colleagues. They held meetings with senior members of Portugal's Policia Judiciaria and are believed to have discussed leads recently identified by the Operation Grange investigation team in the UK. More »

  • McCann police visit Portugal, but make no arrests
    McCann police visit Portugal, but make no arrests Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    British detectives investigating the disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann have made another visit to the Algarve but no arrests were made, Portuguese police said Wednesday. More »

  • Madeleine disappearance: British detectives in Portugal ‘to arrest three bu …
    Madeleine disappearance: British detectives in Portugal ‘to arrest three bu … Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    No arrests have been made, according to Scotland Yard. More »

  • Madeleine probe police in Portugal
    Madeleine probe police in Portugal Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    British detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have flown to Portugal amid claims they are planning to make arrests. More »

  • Missing Madeleine McCann: Arrests Possible as British Police Arrive in Port …
    Missing Madeleine McCann: Arrests Possible as British Police Arrive in Port … Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    British police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have flown to Portugal to interview three suspects, according to reports. A team from Scotland Yard have flown to the Algarve to liaise with Portuguese police after British authorities sent a letter requesting help tracing three burglars who were in the area when Madeline disappeared. Officers met with members of Portugal's Policia Judiciaria and are believed to have spoken about possible leads unearthed by Scotland Yard during the investigation known as Operation Grange. It is reported that they want to interview the three potential suspects, although Scotland Yard are refusing to confirm that a team had arrived in Portugal or the purpose behind the travel. More »

  • Madeleine McCann: Scotland Yard Hopeful of Three Arrests in New Investigati …
    Madeleine McCann: Scotland Yard Hopeful of Three Arrests in New Investigati … Thu, Jan 23, 2014

    They are new hopes that arrests may be made in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The three-year-old disappeared from the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007. Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have been persistent in ensuring the investigations into her abduction continue.   In a new development in the case, Portugal's Attorney General's office has confirmed it had received a formal request for help from UK prosecutors in the form of an International Letter of Request, which asks for access to three 'prime suspects.' More »

  • Madeleine McCann: Parents Guilty of Negligence says Lawyer
    Madeleine McCann: Parents Guilty of Negligence says Lawyer Tue, Jan 14, 2014

    A lawyer has accused the parents of missing schoolgirl Madeleine McCann of negligence, while defending his own client in court. Gareth Morgan made the claim as he defending a mother who was over the drink-drive limit as she drove to a cashpoint, leaving her five-year-old son at home. Yet Mr Morgan argued for her freedom on the basis that Kate and Gerry McCann, parents of missing Madeleine, were never prosecuted for leaving their daughter alone in their rented holiday apartment in the Algarve. Mr Morgan told the court in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales: "The parents of Madeleine McCann were guilty of child neglect for leaving their little girl much longer than my client. More »

  • UK police set to make arrests in McCann disappearance - report Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    British police investigating the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal want to speak to three men they believe were carrying out burglaries at the time of the girl's disappearance, the Daily Mirror reported on Monday. According to the tabloid, police were preparing to travel to Portugal to make the first arrests since British officers started to review the case in 2011. Madeleine went missing aged three from her room at the Praia da Luz holiday resort in the Algarve in May 2007 while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby restaurant, leading to a global search that gripped the world's media. A spokesman for the police confirmed that a letter had been sent to the Portuguese authorities, but declined to comment on the contents of the letter. More »

  • Madeleine McCann Police Hunt Three Burglars
    Madeleine McCann Police Hunt Three Burglars Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    British police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance are targeting three burglars whose phones were "red hot" after she went missing, Sky News has confirmed. Metropolitan Police detectives want Portuguese investigators to interview the three men, who were in the area when the three-year-old disappeared. Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said mobile phone records show the men made numerous calls to each other in the hours after Madeleine vanished while on a family holiday in Praia da Luz in May 2007. He said: "Scotland Yard detectives, among many other things they did as part of their review of the Portuguese case, have examined mobile phone traffic and what's emerged is that there was an extensive use of mobile phones by these three individuals in the minutes and hours after Madeleine disappeared. More »

  • Madeleine McCann Missing: Scotland Yard to Make Three Arrests
    Madeleine McCann Missing: Scotland Yard to Make Three Arrests Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    Scotland Yard want to interview three burglars over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it has been revealed. The Metropolitan Police requested the Portuguese police for more help with their inquiry, suggesting new leads or suspects had been identified. Records revealed the men in question made numerous phone calls to each other after Madeleine vanished. The Crown Prosecution Service sent the second "International Letter of Request" to the Portuguese authorities on behalf of the Metropolitan Police last week, to seek the arrest of the men. More »

  • Madeleine McCann Parents In Court Setback
    Madeleine McCann Parents In Court Setback Fri, Jan 3, 2014

    A request by Madeleine McCann's parents to give evidence at a Portuguese libel trial over a book by a former local police chief has been rejected, according to a family source. Kate and Gerry McCann are suing Goncalo Amaral over claims he made in The Truth of the Lie, which they say damaged the hunt for their missing daughter and greatly added to their anguish. But a family source said permission had been refused ahead of the next hearing date, which is on Tuesday. More »

  • Madeleine McCann, jewel thefts and mortgages: The week in numbers
    Madeleine McCann, jewel thefts and mortgages: The week in numbers Sat, Nov 30, 2013

    Plus: What percentage unemployment rate does Taoiseach Enda Kenny want to see in 2016? More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Friday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Friday Sat, Nov 30, 2013

    Today everyone’s been talking about the Phoenix Park murder investigation, the €8.5 million HSE settlement and the mounting pressure on the CRC board members to resign. More »

  • Police receive thousands of phone calls after Madeleine McCann appeal
    Police receive thousands of phone calls after Madeleine McCann appeal Fri, Nov 29, 2013

    A lot of people who were in Praia da Luz at the time of the 3-year-old’s disappearance have been in touch with police since the re-enactment of her disappearance. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Thu, Nov 28, 2013

    Today everyone’s been talking about the CRC senior staff top-ups, ESB strike action and the murder inquiry launched in Kerry. More »

  • Horse dies after being doused with petrol and set alight
    Horse dies after being doused with petrol and set alight Thu, Nov 28, 2013

    Gardaí are investigating the slaughter of the abandoned horse which happened in the Fettercairn area of Tallaght. More »

  • Portuguese police focus on dead hotel worker in Maddie probe: media
    Portuguese police focus on dead hotel worker in Maddie probe: media Fri, Nov 1, 2013

    Portuguese police are following a lead focusing on a deceased former employee of the Algarve hotel where British girl Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007, local media said Friday. More »

  • DNA tests show Bulgarian couple are parents of girl found in Greece
    DNA tests show Bulgarian couple are parents of girl found in Greece Fri, Oct 25, 2013

    By Tsvetelia Tsolova and Angel Krasimirov SOFIA (Reuters) - A Bulgarian Roma couple are the biological parents of a four-year-old blonde girl found in Greece last week, DNA tests showed on Friday, clearing some of the mystery around a case that has captured global attention. Bulgarian prosecutors are investigating whether the mother, Sasha Ruseva, 35, sold her child. Ruseva denies this, but admits leaving a seven-month-old baby in Greece - where she was working as an olive-picker - in 2009 because she could not look after the child and had to return to Bulgaria. ... More »