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McCanns: our fresh hope for Madeleine

By Sam Marsden

Kate and Gerry McCann will mark the fifth anniversary of their daughter Madeleine's disappearance this week amid renewed hopes that she will be found.

The couple are said to be “hugely encouraged” by Scotland Yard's ongoing review of the case, which has identified nearly 200 potential leads. But Portuguese authorities have so far refused to reopen their investigation into how the little girl vanished on a family holiday in the Algarve on May 3, 2007.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, the officer leading Scotland Yard's review, spoke last week of his belief that the case can still be solved and launched a fresh appeal for information.

His team of 37 officers have sifted through 40,000 pieces of information and identified 195 “investigative opportunities”.

Mr Redwood believes that Madeleine was a victim of stranger abduction and has said that the Metropolitan Police would like the case to be reopened.

“What we are not doing is just passively passing through material. We are actively seeking to bring closure in this case,” he said.

However, Pedro do Carmo, deputy national director of the Policia Judiciaria, Portugal's CID, responded: “So far, no new element has been found that might provide the basis for a reopening of the investigation.”

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