MISSING: Madeleine McCann
should be brought in to take - control of the investigation to
discover what ?happened to Madeleine McCann.
Kate and Gerry
McCann want the Yard's ?renowned kidnap team to assess an avalanche
of new information after last week's emotional internet appeal,
which ?generated five million hits from around the world.
Portuguese ?police, the Sunday Express can reveal, have failed to
set up a new phone line for callers to ring with information.
Last night there was fury over thedismissive response. Interpol and
Europol are among 163 - forces worldwide that have committed to help
with the appeal.
Portugal's Policia Judiciaria is still ?in charge of the Madeleine
case because that is where she disappeared over two years ago.
It would say only that if credible information comes in by fax,
letter or email, it would be passed to senior officers if it was
There were also reservations last night about Leicestershire Police,
who are aiding the ?investigation from this country ?because the
McCanns live in their catchment area, at Rothley.
Last night former Scotland Yard chief Dai Davies said it was time to
let the Yard take over.
The former royal protection head said: "Madeleine is a - British
subject and she deserves the best, which the Yard can provide. It is
time to put any daft police protocols to one side and get on with
the job of finding her. It is a solvable case.
"It is astonishing and disgraceful that the Portuguese have not
assigned a specific team to scrutinise leads which could provide a
breakthrough in the world's biggest child abduction case
"It is frankly
outrageous that the parents of this poor child should be hiring
private detectives to conduct an investigation which should have
been taken on by the Yard in the first place.
"The Yard has a kidnap squad with a brilliant success record, and
access to the best Holmes computer technology, forensics and
investigative techniques in the world.?
Holmes, which stands for Home Office Large Major Enquiry System, is
a state-of-the-art data system designed to deal with the huge volume
of information major crimes ?generate.
Sources claimed last night that Leicestershire detectives have not
been inputting all their information on Holmes.
Police forces across Britain have cracked scores of tough cases
using the system because it can be programmed to ?highlight suspects
and analyse the value of myriad leads.
No one was available at ?Leicestershire Police yesterday to confirm
or deny the claims.
On Tuesday, Kate and Gerry, both doctors aged 41, made new
television appeals via the UK Child Exploitation and Online
They urged: "Please take a minute and help us bring Madeleine home.
Let's hope and pray this message reaches those who know who took
Madeleine and they find the strength to do the right thing.?
On Friday, a Leicestershire ?Police spokesman said any new
i?nformation from the CEOPC - initiative would be passed on to the
Portuguese who would consider credible lines of inquiry.
Requests from the Portuguese to carry out new inquiries in the UK
would be co-ordinated by Leicestershire Police.
New images of Madeleine, who would now be six, were shown in a video
in English, Arabic, ?Portuguese, Spanish, French, German and
One showed how she might ?appear if her skin had darkened and her
hair had been dyed brown to make her look like? ?other children if
she is being held in Morocco or Tunisia.
Another time-generated image showed how she might look now with her
natural blonde colouring if she is being kept in ?Northern Europe.
While Kate and Gerry McCann believe Leicestershire detectives have
worked hard, they feel 'Scotland Yard's experts onkidnap,
forensics and offender profiling could bring much ?needed impetus to
Madeleine vanished, aged three, from the family's holiday apartment
in Praia da Luz on the Algarve on May 3 2007.