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POLICE KNOW NAME OF MADELEINE 'SNATCHER'

POLICE have a name for a man suspected of snatching Madeleine McCann after viewers recognised his e-fit on Crimewatch.


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Police know name of Madeleine McCann ‘SNATCHER’ POLICE have a name for a man suspected of snatching Madeleine McCann after viewers recognised his e-fit on Crimewatch. By Jerry Lawton / Published 16th October 2013

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everal callers rang in giving the same identification of the man seen carrying a sleeping child to the beach. And Madeleine’s parents last night said they were “absolutely delighted” with the development. Brit detectives are sifting an “unprecedented” 1,000 calls and emails after a new appeal on the BBC show. Kate and Gerry McCann, both 45, said last night they were buoyed by the massive show of public support. In a statement, they said: “We are absolutely delighted with the overwhelming public response to Crimewatch. “We know that the public desperately want to help the search for Madeleine. “We are genuinely hopeful that one or more of these responses will lead to a major breakthrough.” They added: “If anyone was in Praia da Luz around the time of Madeleine’s abduction and has not spoken to the Metropolitan Police, or if they know who any of the e-fits might be, please have the courage to come forward and speak to the police in confidence.” Yesterday Crimewatch editor Joe Mather said the show, which featured a reconstruction of Madeleine’s abduction on


FEATURED | DAILY SUN May 3 2007, had triggered a “truly unprecedented response” from the public. Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, who is leading the 37-strong Operation Grange team, said his officers were working through the calls resulting from “specific lines of inquiry” highlighted in Monday’s programme. He added: “Detectives are now trawling through and prioritising that material. This will take time.’’ Police revealed they are working on two theories – that the kidnap was pre-planned and may have involved bogus charity collectors or Madeleine, then three, was snatched after disturbing a burglar.

“We are genuinely hopeful that one or more of these responses will lead to a major breakthrough”

Kate and Gerry McCann


Daily Sun - November 2013