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Arrests Possible In Madeleine McCann Case


UPDATED: Monday January 13, 2014 8:23 AM

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, Portuguese authorities and UK police are teaming up to try and make a break in the Madeleine McCann disappearance.

The Daily Mirror reports British police requested permission from Portuguese Police to arrest and question three suspected burglars believed to have been working in the resort where Madeleine vanished.

Madeleine was last seen in May of 2007.  Her family, originally from Leicestershire, England, was on vacation at a resort in Praia da Luz in the Algarve when she disappeared.

The investigation took a new twist in July when Portuguese police launched another formal investigation, in light of new evidence and new witnesses.

In October, a special BBC Crimewatch show that aired in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands led to 5,000 calls and tips.

At that time, the police said there was a chance Madeleine was still alive and it was investigating 38 "persons of interest".

The Guardian reports that officers said they were trying to track down the people behind a series of burglaries around the resort in 2007.

Earlier this month, the Mail reported that analysis of mobile phone data suggested that a burglary gang was operating near to where Madeleine vanished.  The newspaper also reported the gang made a high number of calls to each other in the hours after she was reported missing.

The spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann said the couple is not getting their hopes up but "realized it could be a significant new lead."

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