Maddie McCann cops to dig at resort

Last updated 11:08 05/05/2014
Madeleine McCann
MYSTERY: Madeleine McCann disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant.
Gerry and Kate McCann
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PARENTS: Gerry and Kate McCann.

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The search for missing British girl Madeleine McCann has taken a new twist with reports Scotland Yard detectives are going to Portugal to oversee digging around the resort where she went missing seven years ago.

A team of forensic officers would use radar equipment to look underground for clues to her disappearance, London's Mirror newspaper has reported, citing police sources.

Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have been told of the plans to search three sites near the Praia da Lux resort but were not expected to go to Portugal.

Three-year-old Madeleine went missing from her bed on May 3, 2007, during a family holiday in Portugal.

A source close to the McCanns told the Mirror: "Kate and Gerry have been told police will be conducting the searches in and around Praia da Luz as soon as they get the green light from Portuguese authorities.

"There will be earth diggers everywhere and it will look very dramatic and it will be a heartbreaking and hugely emotional time for Madeleine's poor parents.

"They don't believe police are acting on any new tip off. They just need to carry out their own digs, looking for any possible clues that Portuguese authorities may have missed on their previous searches.

The source added that police had told the McCann's that they weren't not specifically searching for her body, but were trying to rule scenarios out.

"Certain areas should have been searched properly way back by the Portuguese authorities but were not."

The McCanns marked the 7th anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance on Saturday and thanked the public for their unwavering support.

They were joined by about 100 well-wishers, friends and relatives at a prayer service in Leicestershire, the Daily Mail reported.

Gerry McCann said they were pleased the police investigation had moved on to a "very active" phase.

"They are chipping away and obviously there is new evidence so we are going to continue to hope that we will get a happy outcome," he said.

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