British police files on the hunt for
Madeleine McCann will not be released unless those behind
her disappearance are brought to justice
Thousands of British police files detailing the hunt for
Madeleine McCann will not be released unless those behind her
disappearance are brought to justice.
Senior Leicestershire Police officers have remained tight-lipped
about their role co-ordinating the search for the toddler since she
vanished from a Portuguese holiday resort in May 2007.
But analysts at the force have drawn up a list detailing the mass
of information they have gathered and considered whether they would ever
release any of it to the general public.
The paperwork includes everything from correspondence with
Government ministers, minutes of police meetings, details of leads and
sightings to copies of letters from the McCann family.
Leicestershire Police said they will not release any information
while the inquiry is ongoing and will never reveal the tactics of their
investigation. But internal documents suggest some papers may eventually
They stated: "Anything in relation to the investigation into the
disappearance of Madeleine McCann will not be released whilst it remains
"Consideration may be given to releasing certain material, ie,
that which would not reveal police tactics, when the circumstances
surrounding Madeleine's disappearance are fully known and the
person/people involved have been brought to justice and a suitable
period for any appeal has elapsed."
Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, disappeared on May 3
2007 from Praia da Luz, nine days before her fourth birthday.
An investigation into her disappearance was carried out by the
Portuguese police, supported by Leicestershire Police.
The force is responsible for co-ordinating British inquiries
under the codename Operation Task.
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