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Britain's Madeleine McCann review team travels to Spain

Detectives investigating McCann’s disappearance four years ago met with Spanish authorities recently following reports the child was taken to Barcelona.

Madeleine McCann appeal posters on a car in Paraia da Luz, Portugal, 2008.
Madeleine McCann appeal posters on a car in Paraia da Luz, Portugal, 2008.
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BRITISH DETECTIVES investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have travelled to Spain following claims the toddler was brought to Barcelona after she went missing in 2007.

McCann was three years old when she disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz in May 2007.

Scotland Yard detectives travelled to Spain last month and spent three days meeting with Spanish police, the AFP reports. Police declined to discuss what led them to Spain or to say if the investigation was following up on reports McCann had been taken to Barcelona from Portugal.

Investigators had travelled to Portugal in August as part of their case review.

Prime Minster David Cameron and British Home Secretary Theresa May last year requested a Metropolitan Police review of the McCann case following petitions from the child’s family.

However, the review was criticised by politicians who claimed it could divert police resources from other crimes and it would be unfair on other victims of crime. The BBC reports that police chief Sir Paul Stephenson responded by saying that other cases would not suffer as a result of this review.

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Responding to a Freedom of Information request recently, the review team said it did not have a deadline for the conclusion of its investigation.

Kate and Gerry McCann recently told the Leveson inquiry into media ethics that they believe newspapers had “made up” stories about their family and the investigation into their daughter’s disappearance. They also suggested that Portuguese police had provided material to the press, despite heavy restrictions on media access to the police in Portugal.

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