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Sunday Express says Home Secretary Theresa May has written to the McCanns and will order a new investigation

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Sunday Express says Home Secretary Theresa May has written to the McCanns and will order a new investigation

Post by Tony Bennett on 04.07.10 8:18

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/1848....-by-Theresa-May

MADDY CASE MAY BE RE-OPENED BY THERESA MAY

Maddy's case may be re-opened by new home secretary Theresa May
Sunday July 4,2010


By James Murray

HOME Secretary Theresa May has asked to meet Kate and Gerry McCann, signalling she intends to tell them she will order a new investigation into their missing daughter Madeleine.

Mrs May wrote to the McCanns last week asking them to come to the Home Office in what is being described as a “positive step” by department officials.

A senior Home Office source said: “The Home Secretary has already exchanged letters with Kate and Gerry about the case and will be meeting them shortly to discuss how the investigation is being taken forward. It would not be appropriate to pre-empt that meeting or give details of the work.”

A new team of detectives, most likely from Scotland Yard, could soon get the mammoth task of raking over all files from Portuguese detectives, police in Leicestershire and private investigators.

Since taking office, Mrs May has taken a close interest in the case. Her predecessor, Labour’s Alan Johnson, last March ordered a costing of a review of evidence and the outline of how a new probe would work into finding out what happened to Madeleine, then three, of Rothley, Leics, who vanished from Praia da Luz on the Algarve in May 2007.

Sources say that Mrs May felt Mr Johnson made the right decision and the internal report is almost complete.

Mr Johnson acted after Jim Gamble, head of the Child Online and Protection Centre, wrote a report for the Home Office analysing police investigations here and in Portugal.

His report, which has not been released publicly, outlines how a new approach could produce new leads.

NOW A LOOK BACK AT THE STILL-UNANSWERED 12 QUESTIONS WE ASKED OF THE HOME OFFICE FOI ACT SECTION ON 19 MARCH 2010

1. On what date or dates has the Home Secretary Alan Johnson had meetings with one or both of the McCanns?

2. Who else was present at these meetings: in particular, was any lawyer or othert adviser for the McCanns present?

3. On what dates did meetings take place between one or both of the McCanns and staff of the Home Office?

4. Please identify all the staff who met with the McCanns and again identify whether the McCanns had legal or other representatives with them.

5. On what date did the McCanns first approach the Home Office asking for a review or re-investigation by a British police force into Madeleine’s disappearance?

6. Is the Home Office carrying out what the Daily Telegraph called ‘a scoping exercise’ to evaluate what form any review or re-investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance may take’ and, if so, on what date did that scoping exercise commence?

7. Why, according to the press, was Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, Mr Jim Gamble, given the role of advising the Home Office as to which police force should carry out any review or re-investigation?

8. On what date did the Home Secretary ask Mr Gamble to perform this role?

9. On what date did Mr Gamble make his recommendation?

10. Did he, as reported, recommend West Yorkshire Police to carry out a review or re-investigation?

11. Has West Yorkshire Police, as reported, been asked to carry out a review or re-investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann?

12. If so, what is the brief or remit that the Home Office has given to West Yorkshire Police?

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Re: Sunday Express says Home Secretary Theresa May has written to the McCanns and will order a new investigation

Post by Guest on 04.07.10 11:22

Maddy's case may be re-opened by new home secretary Theresa May
Sunday July 4,2010

By James Murray

HOME Secretary Theresa May has asked to meet Kate and Gerry McCann, signalling she intends to tell them she will order a new investigation .

Apologies for being thick, but I could have sworn the letter Tony received from Lister said that this was an ONGOING investigation - how can you re-open an ongoing investigation?? Also, we have been told numerous times that this was a Portuguese investigation and as such the British police could only assist, so why the turnaround? thinking Who is applying the pressure?

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Re: Sunday Express says Home Secretary Theresa May has written to the McCanns and will order a new investigation

Post by ufercoffy on 04.07.10 12:05

I hope he is because someone is lying. Ian Lister says there is already an ongoing investigation and the Home Secretary says she might reopen the investigation. Both people from the Home Office who don't seem to know their arses from their elbows and some clarriefication is required here.

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