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Third letter of request sent by SY to Portugal - Tempo of Madeleine inquiry moving forward

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Post by tasprin on 13.02.14 14:36

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Post by PeterMac on 13.02.14 14:37

Published: 13 February 2014
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have issued a new request for help to the Portuguese authorities.
The development came as a senior Scotland Yard officer said the “tempo” of the inquiry into the missing toddler was “moving forward.”
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, who is overseeing the operation, said the Yard had sent a third international letter of request to Portuguese officials linked to their inquiries.
He said: “Clearly the investigative tempo is moving forward as we are progressing the investigation and the work we are asking the Portuguese to undertake for us. We are carrying on our liaison at all levels.”
Members of the inquiry team, including Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, were in Portugal again today on a “routine visit” to meet counterparts from Portugal’s Policia Judiciaria.

No photos this time, no bags of documents, no lunches, no hire cars,
IF and only IF this is correct, then it demonstrates that something strange was happening last time, with all the media nonsense.
Or is this an old report.

No mention of OC staff, cleaners, burglars, dead paedos, dead Cap Verde men, gypsy encampments, in fact none of the normal Mitchell Lies.

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Post by jeanmonroe on 13.02.14 14:37

Justin Davenport, Crime Editor


Published: 13 February 2014

Updated: 13:49, 13 February 2014

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have issued a new request for help to the Portuguese authorities.

The development came as a senior Scotland Yard officer said the “tempo” of the inquiry into the missing toddler was “moving forward.”

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, who is overseeing the operation, said the Yard had sent a third international letter of request to Portuguese officials linked to their inquiries.

He said: “Clearly the investigative tempo is moving forward as we are progressing the investigation and the work we are asking the Portuguese to undertake for us. We are carrying on our liaison at all levels.”

Members of the inquiry team, including Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, were in Portugal again today on a “routine visit” to meet counterparts from Portugal’s Policia Judiciaria.

Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared from her room in the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz where she was staying with her family in 2007.

Scotland Yard launched a fresh investigation into the girl 's disappearance last July – two years into a review of the case – and made renewed appeals on television in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.

Detectives in the UK must submit International Letters of Request to their counterparts overseas in order to get action undertaken in a foreign country.

Recent discussions between the two forces are believed to have centred on a burglary gang who had targeted homes in the resort at the time Madeleine vanished.

Mobile phone records are said to have revealed that three suspected burglars repeatedly called each other in the hours after Madeleine disappeared.

Mr Hewitt said so far the Yard had not asked the Portugese authorities to interview or arrest any suspects.

Scotland Yard has played down speculation of imminent arrests in the case saying they are pursuing several lines of inquiry. Met officers have been to Portugal more than 20 times in the past 18 months.

In October, Portuguese authorities said a review had uncovered information prompting them to reopen their own inquiry.

No-one has been arrested.
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Mr Hewitt said so far the Yard had not asked the Portugese authorities to interview or arrest any suspects.
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Well they did ask them, but strangely the burglars weren't at home having been given weeks and weeks of advanced 'notice' by Andy and the 'elites' and the UK Madia that they were on their way to Portugal to 'nick' 'em, all on "Cops on camera"!  laughat  laughat  laughat

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Post by tasprin on 13.02.14 14:41

'Mr Hewitt said so far the Yard had not asked the Portuguese authorities to interview or arrest any suspects'

So all those PR inspired media reports were false.

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Post by Doug D on 13.02.14 14:47

Strange that the article is timed today at 13.49 yet there is nothing on the Met Police Press page an hour later. You can even see embargoed stuff on there days in advance of release, so why would the Standard get special treatment?

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Post by whatliesbehindthesofa on 13.02.14 15:00

This seems to be new, as it refers to a "third international letter of request", and official, as it mentions Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt as source.

ETA - my apologies if I'm stating the obvious :)

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Post by PeterMac on 13.02.14 15:01

@tasprin wrote:'Mr Hewitt said so far the Yard had not asked the Portuguese authorities to interview or arrest any suspects'
So all those PR inspired media reports were false.
I think you may mean "Mitchell is a liar."

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Post by jeanmonroe on 13.02.14 15:05

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, who is overseeing the operation, said the Yard had sent a third international letter of request to Portuguese officials linked to their inquiries.
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No promotion for Andy, after his previous 'bosses' Hamish Campbell and Simon Foy, left then?

I thought ONLY the CPS could send an ILOR.

Didn't know the Met/SY could.

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Post by jeanmonroe on 13.02.14 15:09

Dep. Asst. Commissioner Martin Hewitt
Position: Associate Fellow
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Hewitt began his policing career with Kent Police in 1993, prior to which he completed seven years military service as a Commissioned Officer in the Army. He has worked in a number of uniformed and detective posts; however he has specialist experience in investigation and intelligence both within the Counter Terrorist and Crime arenas.

DAC Hewitt transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service in 2005 where he set up the Met Intelligence Bureau (MIB) and became its first OCU Commander. In 2008, he became Commander responsible for tackling Organised Crime in the MPS. Additionally, whilst in this post he undertook a number of other responsibilities, the most notable of which were the MPS lead for Gun Crime, the lead MPS representative for the new National Crime Agency Programme, and the ACPO lead for Kidnap and Extortion. At the beginning of 2012, he was promoted to DAC Crime Operations within the newly formed Specialist Crime and Operations (SC&O) Business Group. His area of responsibility includes Gangs and Organised Crime, Armed Policing, Homicide, Child Abuse, Rape, Specialist Crime Prevention, PNC and Vetting Bureau, and Strategic Change.  In March 2012, DAC Hewitt became the ACPO lead for Adult Sexual Offences.
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In 2008, he became Commander responsible for tackling Organised Crime in the MPS.

Organised Crime IN the MPS?

Surely not!  laughat laughat laughat 

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Post by PeterMac on 13.02.14 15:10

Met officers have been to Portugal more than 20 times in the past 18 months.
21 times, 22, 25 ?
Take a few weeks off for summer hold and Yuletide, and they are visiting one every three weeks.
This is a LOT of money and a LOT of Police time.
It must be sanctioned and signed off at a high level for both those reasons, with questions asked by the Finance department as well as the police Command structure
So something must be going on.

And if no arrests are being made of gypsies, OC employees, burglars, van drivers, disaffected cleaners, locksmiths, or the mortuaries being searched for likely dead people
and we then add the visit by senior CPS people last year, we may tentatively begin to think that they are looking at some other possibility.

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Post by jeanmonroe on 13.02.14 15:23

Oh dear................................. thinking 

Dep. Asst. Commissioner Martin Hewitt

This guy was in charge of this 'division'

http://www.dpf.org.uk/latest-news/met-police-detective-who-ignored-rape-complaint-allowed-to-keep-job

At the beginning of 2012, he was promoted to DAC Crime Operations within the newly formed Specialist Crime and Operations, His area of responsibility includes Gangs and Organised Crime, Armed Policing, Homicide, Child Abuse, RAPE, Specialist Crime Prevention, PNC and Vetting Bureau, and Strategic Change.  In March 2012, DAC Hewitt became the ACPO lead for Adult Sexual Offences.

Seems he must have 'overlooked' what was going on at his/the Sapphire Unit!

Published: 06/08/2013 (15 months AFTER Mr Hewitt took 'responsibility')
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The Metropolitan police have been dogged by a series of failures to investigate serious sexual violence, including a policy to manipulate crime statistics by failing to record sexual assault allegations. The Met says it has now reformed.

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Post by whatliesbehindthesofa on 13.02.14 15:26

I'm really liking that in one sentence Mr Hewitt has declared a huge number of newspaper reports to be lies, especially the claims of that 'source close to the McCanns'  big grin 

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Post by Cristobell on 13.02.14 15:30

@PeterMac wrote:
Met officers have been to Portugal more than 20 times in the past 18 months.
21 times, 22, 25 ?
Take a few weeks off for summer hold and Yuletide, and they are visiting one every three weeks.
This is a LOT of money and a LOT of Police time.
It must be sanctioned and signed off at a high level for both those reasons, with questions asked by the Finance department as well as the police Command structure
So something must be going on.

And if no arrests are being made of gypsies, OC employees, burglars, van drivers, disaffected cleaners, locksmiths,  or the mortuaries being searched for likely dead people
and we then add the visit by senior CPS people last year, we may tentatively begin to think that they are looking at some other possibility.





Indeed Peter. And I wonder if they are delivering stuff to the PJ, rather than collecting stuff for themselves?

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Post by mysterion on 13.02.14 15:34

That is my fervent hope.

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Post by tasprin on 13.02.14 15:46

@whatliesbehindthesofa wrote:I'm really liking that in one sentence Mr Hewitt has declared a huge number of newspaper reports to be lies, especially the claims of that 'source close to the McCanns'  big grin 

It's a positive that they're not allowing the 'source' to get away with planting fake stories and, hopefully, they're not speeding up the tempo in order to coincide with the seventh anniversary interviews.  winkwink

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Post by marconi on 13.02.14 15:48

The 4th letter will be demanding Portugal and the PJ to ask for our help, posters on this forum, because it starts to seem that we know more than they all do. We will solve this case for them.

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Post by whatliesbehindthesofa on 13.02.14 15:49

So if they say that the 'tempo' is 'moving forward', then surely something is going to happen soon, otherwise this press release is going to look like a fib.

And they said that they haven't asked the PJ to interview any suspects, but that doesn't rule out that they've asked the PJ to interview non-suspects. Which leads me to wonder - who are the suspects?

Why has the libel trial gone into apparent limbo?

I am getting increasingly optimistic.

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Post by Guest on 13.02.14 15:55

Feel optimistic to hear that this info has come from an official source,and am delighted to hear that with one sentence he has removed any doubts of the source of articles re burglars etc

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Post by kitchen on 13.02.14 16:03

We tend to focus on Scotland Yard making requests but just as likely that they are delivering information to the Portugees as well. I saw a comment on here a few days ago bemoaning the fact that Scotland Yard did not rubbish the Mitchell  sourced stories; they seem to have done that today. Do we have a mole? Is it me? Lol

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Post by ultimaThule on 13.02.14 16:08

@PeterMac wrote:
Met officers have been to Portugal more than 20 times in the past 18 months.
21 times, 22, 25 ?
Take a few weeks off for summer hold and Yuletide, and they are visiting one every three weeks.
This is a LOT of money and a LOT of Police time.
It must be sanctioned and signed off at a high level for both those reasons, with questions asked by the Finance department as well as the police Command structure
So something must be going on.

And if no arrests are being made of gypsies, OC employees, burglars, van drivers, disaffected cleaners, locksmiths,  or the mortuaries being searched for likely dead people
and we then add the visit by senior CPS people last year, we may tentatively begin to think that they are looking at some other possibility.
Two visits cJune and cNovember by senior officials of the CPS, frequent face to face liasion between officers from NSY and the PJ  and a clear message that all of the media stories relating to gypsies, tramps, & thieves are nothing more than a load of hokum?
The tempo is increasing and it may even be that the source has told the truth when he said that G&K are 'on tenterhooks' smilie

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Post by whatliesbehindthesofa on 13.02.14 16:10

@kitchen wrote:We tend to focus on Scotland Yard making requests but just as likely that they are delivering information to the Portugees as well. I saw a comment on here a few days ago bemoaning the fact that Scotland Yard did not rubbish the Mitchell  sourced stories; they seem to have done that today. Do we have a mole? Is it me? Lol

Yes good point.

There were three possibilities:

1. CM (and the McCanns) are working against Operation Grange.
2. CM (and the McCanns) are filling the media with rubbish with Operation Grange's blessing.
3. SY are leaking stuff to the press.

So, if today's press release looks like it rules out options 2 and 3, what does that say about the investigation and where it's heading?

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Post by Guest on 13.02.14 16:15

Joy. Imagine after this real news, new spin the coming days: "A source told Tabloid of Death that British investigators, increasingly frustrated, have had to send just another Letter Of Request to the rubbish Portuguese, urging them to finally do their job for once, now  they've made the three burglars flee the country with the stolen keys and the ketamine."

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Post by mysterion on 13.02.14 16:15

I wonder if CM is about to move on to "make preparations for his election campaign". Didn`t Esther McVey do something similar.

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Post by marconi on 13.02.14 16:18

tempo moving fowards : does it mean that it is going faster?

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