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Madeleine McCann 'abducted during botched burglary' British police believe: reports

Published 29/04/2016

Madeleine McCann vanished at the age of three while on holiday with her parents in Portugal in 2007
Madeleine McCann vanished at the age of three while on holiday with her parents in Portugal in 2007

British police believe Madeleine McCann could have been taken by a gang of thieves during a botched robbery, according to reports.

Three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007.

She would turn 13 next month.

The investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance could finish in the next few months.

Scotland Yard boss Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said investigators are following one remaining line of inquiry and unless any new evidence comes forward, that will spell the end of the British probe.

The Sun reports that the botched robbery could be that line of inquiry.

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The newspaper reports British police have revealed Madeleine may have been snatched during a break-in at the apartment where she was sleeping.

Mobile calls between the men on the night of her disappearance placed the men at the scene.

One of the gang of thieves worked for the resort, police believe the man who drove a tourist bus for the Mark Warner complex was also working with a 16-year-old and two other men.

Now British police want to quiz the three suspects further, having already questioned them previously. They were arrested on the request of British police but have been released.

They have previously denied being involved in Madeleine's disappearance.

The Home Office has granted £95,000 funding to keep the investigation - which now only has a handful of officers working on it - going for another few months.

Sir Bernard said: "The size of the team has come down radically, we are now down to two or three people in that team, at one stage there were about 30 officers in it.

"There is a line of inquiry that everybody agrees is worthwhile pursuing."

When asked when the probe, called Operation Grange, will end, the Met chief added: "At the moment it would be at the conclusion of this line of inquiry unless something else comes up.

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