A MAYFIELD director has been speaking to a Scotland Yard
detective about what he said was potentially vital
evidence in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Recruitment company boss Graham MacKenzie, of Coggins
Mill Lane, was staying at the Ocean Club resort, at
Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, in May 2007.
He told the detective, who is on the cold case review team at
Scotland Yard, just a few hours after the three-year-old
disappeared that he had shown Portuguese police a
first-floor stairway balcony opposite the McCanns'
Mr MacKenzie, boss of Blue Pelican, in Tunbridge Wells, believed
that was the place where the apartment was kept under
There were four cigarette butts on the floor which could have had
samples of DNA from saliva, but police let cleaners
sweep them away.
Father of two Mr MacKenzie, 40, said the stairwell was the perfect
vantage point as it was opposite the McCanns' apartment
and he believed there was a clear view of the tapas bar
where the group was eating, and the side entrance to the
He told the Sunday Express: "Those butts could have provided the
breakthrough in the case, but I couldn't get the police
to listen to me," he said.
"If the same situation happened abroad again, I would sweep the
butts up into a bag myself and insist they are kept for