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THE IMPORTANT PEOPLE WHO RUSHED OUT TO PRAIA DA LUZ AFTER 3 MAY 2007 AND BY FRIDAY 11 MAY 2007 Mm11

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Post by Jill Havern on 21.03.19 22:27

One of the most extraordinary features of the Madeleine McCann case is the huge number of government and embassy officials, secret service and security staff, public relations officers,  lawyers, private agencies with government contracts and assorted others who descended on Praia da Luz in the first week after Madeleine McCann was reported missing.

What was it about this reported disappearance of a 3-year-old British girl which appeared to trigger an action little short of panic from so many high-level people?

Likewise, hundreds of media journalists also descended on Praia da Luz, their editors apparently desperate to get every possible item of the latest news to their readers and viewers.

This article provides a useful list - but is probably not complete. MMRG has added names from time to time to this list as new information has emerged.

This article was last updated on 9 August 2019

- MMRG


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THE IMPORTANT PEOPLE WHO RUSHED OUT TO PRAIA DA LUZ AFTER 3 MAY 2007 AND BY FRIDAY 11 MAY 2007  


This summarises a list of those known to have rushed out to Praia da Luz after 3 May 2007 (or on the case of Resonate and Robert Murat, BEFORE then). Dates of arrival given where known, all before Thursday May 10 unless otherwise stated: 


Government officials 


Robert Henderson – British Consul for the Algarve – immediate (persuaded Portuguese Police to allow the McCanns to wash clothes before seizing them) 


John Buck – British Ambassador to Portugal (Lisbon), arrived immediately


Angela Morado – British Proconsul, arrived immediately   


Liz Dow, British Consul rom the Embassy in Lisbon, arrived immediately


Andy Bowes, British Embassy Press Officer, arrived immediately   


Sheree Dodd, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Other staff from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office   


British Police Officers


Glen Power, British Police Liaison Officer for Portugal, arrived 5 May


An ‘Analyst’ (unnamed)  from the National Policing Improvements Agency, arrived 4 May


Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Small, Leicestershire Police


Two other police ‘family liaison’ officers from Leicestershire Police  


Government security and secret service personnel


Staff from MI5 (unnamed)


Staff from Child Exploitation and OnLine Protection Service (unnamed – Kate McCann in her book describes them As ‘Forensic Psychologists’), arrived 4 May
More staff from CEOP, the ‘Director of the Forensic Psychology Unit’ AND a CEOP ‘social worker’ (arrived 6 May)
Staff from Special Branch (unnamed)
‘Criminal profilers’ (unnamed - attached to unnamed government security departments)
    

Government-funded private security firms 
                                                                         
Kenneth Farrow from Control Risks Group


Michael Keenan from Control Risks Group


Staff from government-supported private crisis psychology group


Alan Pike, Head of Yorkshire-based Centre for Crisis Psychology (CCP) (arrived 4 May)


Martin Alderton, Colleague of Alan Pike from CCP  (arrived 5 May)


Public Relations Consultants


Michael Frolich, Head of Resonate, subsidiary of international PR company Bell Pottinger (already there by Monday 30 April)


Tricia Moon, Deputy Director of Resonate, (already there by Monday 30 April)


Alex Woolfall, Head of Risk for international PR company Bell Pottinger, arrived 4 May (helped to edit Gerry McCann’s photos before putting them on a disc for the PJ)


Lawyers


Staff from the recently-formed International Family Law Group (IFLG):


Michael Nicholls, barrister, arrived 11 May


Accompanied by a ‘paralegal’ from Leicestershire, arrived 11 May


There are references to other government lawyers having arrived   


Top staff from Mark Warner (company that organised the holiday)


David Hopkins, Managing Director of Mark Warner


One of his senior colleagues


Interpreters


Robert Murat became the initial main interpreter for the Portuguese Police on 4 May. He  had already flown out from England on 1 May. He was recommended by British Consul Robert Henderson


Religious Organisations


Rev. Haynes and Susan Hubbard mysteriously arrived in Praia da Luz from Canada on Sunday 6 May, to take up an appointment as the Anglican Minister in Praia da Luz. The Hubbards rapidly became very close friends of the Mccanns 
 
Others


‘Hugh’ – Kate in her book says he would only identify himself as ‘Hugh’, he was brought in by Control Risks Group and said he was ‘a former intelligence officer, now a kidnap negotiator and counsellor’. He attended meeting with the lawyers from IFLG


OTHER APPOINTMENTS


Clarence Mitchell, Head of the government’s Media Monitoring Unit: According to the reply to a Freedom of Information request, he was appointed on Sunday 6 May to head up the government’s PR support for the McCanns, but he did not travel to Portugal until 22 May 2007


The government set up a very high-powered liaison committee on Tuesday 8 May under the Chairmanship of Matt Baggott, Leicestershire Police Chief Constable. It consisted of representatives from a wide variety of government departments and agencies. The government has refused to answer FoIAct questions about who those agencies were.


Government Ministers Gordon Brown (Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Margaret Beckett (Foreign Secretary) spoke to Gerry McCann in the first week. Tony Blair, Prime Minister, did so later.


Literally hundreds of international journalists were also there in that first week.     



For discussion, please visit this thread: https://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t13570-the-important-people-who-rushed-out-to-praia-da-luz-after-3-may-2007-and-by-friday-11-may-2007

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