Madeleine McCann: Investigators pursuing ‘significant’ lead

Police searching for Madeleine McCann have said they are pursuing a “significant line of inquiry” as the 10th anniversary of her disappearance approaches. Assistant Commissioner said: “Ourselves and the Portuguese are doing a critical piece of work and we don’t want to spoil it by putting titbits of information out publicly.” Meanwhile, the only four official suspects investigated by the Met Police over the abduction have been ruled out of the inquiry. The suspects were believed by Scotland Yard to have taken her during a burglary gone wrong at the McCanns’ rented holiday apartment in Portugal.

Because it’s worth pursuing it could provide an answer, but until we’ve gone through it I won’t know whether we are going to get there or not.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley

Madeleine disappeared as she slept in a room with her younger twin siblings while their parents Kate and Gerry McCann, both doctors, dined with friends nearby. Scotland Yard began investigating six years ago after the failure of the first Portuguese police investigation. The team of detectives, cut in 2015 from 29 to four, has spent more than £11m of UK Government funds. Mr Rowley said new information was still being received daily.