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Police search garden plot in Germany for third day amid Madeleine McCann probe

Police are using excavators, sniffer dogs, shovels and rakes to investigate the plot.

A German police officer walks with a search dog during an investigating at an allotment garden plot in Seelze, near Hannover
A German police officer walks with a search dog during an investigating at an allotment garden plot in Seelze, near Hannover
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GERMAN POLICE INVESTIGATING the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007 are searching a garden plot on the outskirts of Hannover in northern Germany for a third day in a row.

Police are using excavators, sniffer dogs, shovels and rakes to investigate the plot.

Prosecutors did not say what exactly the investigators were looking for. A spokeswoman for the Braunschweig prosecutor’s office said yesterday that the investigation on the site was connected to their inquiry regarding Madeleine.

The prosecutor’s office could not immediately be reached for new information today.

Madeleine was three at the time of her 2007 disappearance from an apartment while her family was on holiday in the seaside town of Praia da Luz in Portugal’s Algarve region.

German authorities said last month they had identified a 43-year-old German citizen as a suspect in the case and are investigating him on suspicion of murder.

The suspect, who is currently in prison in Germany, spent many years in Portugal, including in Praia da Luz around the time of Madeleine’s disappearance, and has two previous convictions for “sexual contact with girls”, authorities have said.

They have not released the suspect’s name, but he has been widely identified by German media as Christian B.

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He was last registered as living in Germany in the city of Braunschweig, which is about 40 miles from Hannover.

Between 2013 and 2015, the suspect spent time in both Portugal and Germany.

He ran a kiosk in Braunschweig and also lived in Hannover for several years, the dpa agency reported.

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