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Mobile phone messages may hold key to missing Madeleine McCann, Scotland Yard

By Impeyecho  |  Posted: October 04, 2013

Disappearance: Madeleine McCann

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Scotland Yard detectives are in the process of routing through thousands of six-year-old mobile phone records to find missing Madeleine McCann.

Phones belonging to people in the Portuguese village of Praia de Luz, during 2007, are being investigated by police.

There are still 41 potential suspects although no one has been arrested.

Madeleine disappeared days before her fourth birthday while her family were on holiday in the Algarve.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the inquiry, said officers were examining a "substantial amount of data".

"This is not just a general trawl," said Det Ch Insp Redwood. "It's a targeted attack on that data to see if it assists us to find out what happened to Madeleine McCann at that time.

"We can see what the phone is doing, but we can't see the text messages. It shows a timeline of the call data."

Scotland Yard launched an investigation into Madeleine's disappearance in July.

They spent two years reviewing the case.

It is understood CCTV footage is being combed as part of Operation Grange.

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  • raidermanuk  |  October 04 2013, 12:11PM

    DaiGlos If a reader feels that the story is inappropriate for inclusion in the local press why shouldn't they say so? That is using the forum in the way they feel is correct and I would agree with that. "It might be me but I get mightily fed up with people having a go at the paper and not actually discussing the content and news in the articles." So you come in here complaining of others and offer no comment on the story. Oh the irony!

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  • johnhalford1  |  October 04 2013, 11:53AM


  • bonzaharris1  |  October 04 2013, 11:07AM

    No, this may not be Gloucestershire news, but the police are trying to trace owners of all mobile phones of people who were on holiday there at that time. Very good chance that some of those people may have come from Gloucestershire, and it may encourage them to come forward so that they can "knock" them off the list.

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  • DaiGlos  |  October 04 2013, 10:53AM

    In don't thing TIG should be constrained to just local Glos news. In fact I welcome it. These non-glos articles also appear in the paper version and funnily enough - people like reading international news in their local paper. It might be me but I get mightily fed up with people having a go at the paper and not actually discussing the content and news in the articles. Luckily, the majority do and use this forum in the way it is intended. To the minority - you should write directly to the editor.

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  • Zipster  |  October 04 2013, 10:04AM

    Nothing to do with Gloucestershire, correct, but surely in this instance any coverage is good coverage. Coverage in any county, in any newspaper can only be a help. We dont want to forget. I have two daughters myself and the thought of them being taken is horrifying in itself. Can you imagine if she was found, would be a much needed feel good factor for the UK.

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  • Jackass  |  October 04 2013, 9:06AM

    Cant help but ask, what has this got to do with Gloucestershire? I'm just like everyone else who hopes Madeline is found...I was expecting some type of Gloucestershire connection here.

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  • Matt1006  |  October 04 2013, 8:29AM

    It is very sad that Madeleine McCann has - so far - not been found, and the ongoing torment for her parents must be unbearable. But what link is there to Gloucestershire? I thought TiG was for local news, so why is this national (in fact, international) news article on here this morning? Or do we so far only have half the article, with the Gloucestershire link to be revealed later in the day by TiG?

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