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Maddie Detective Hunt British Barman

Original Source: METRO : THURSDAY 27 DECEMBER 2007

Detectives are looking for Christian Ridout

Private detectives hunting Madeleine McCann are on the look out for a British man who is on the run after being accused of grooming an under-age girl for sex.

Barman and DJ Christian Ridout, 32, fled Praia de Luz after lewd messages he allegedly had been sending to a 12-year-old British girl were found on her mobile phone.

Ridout - also known as DJ Shifty - was working in an expats pub 200 yards from where Maddie disappeared.


The mother of the 12-year-old told the Daily Mail: "He was sending my daughter messages offering to pick her up from school, and suggesting the most disgusting sex acts. It went on for two months before I found out."

Ridout left Portugal before Maddie's disappearance on May 3 but his parents still run the same pub and his name was given to police by concerned locals - although he has never been traced.

"I asked her if she'd been getting any messages from Christian ' and she had, about 25 of them. They got progressively more obscene. They were talking about her being a virgin, telling her he'd done 'it' before and that he'd be gentle and it wouldn't hurt," the mother added.

"He was suggesting he should pick her up from school. The messages were absolutely vile."

"My youngest girl is quiet ' and police said that it was a clear case of grooming. It was very sick. I couldn't even read the final ones, but just phoned Christian. I said, 'If you come anywhere near my daughters again I'll kill you.'"

The mother had been working at his parent's pub called the Plough and Harrow - which has been nicknamed The Plough and Paedophile by locals.

"He took all the money from the till at the Plough and Harrow and went to Spain that night," she said.

"They later found his VW Golf at Seville airport, with his keys left hidden in the wheel arch and he was believed to have gone back to England."

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A spokesman for Maddie's parents Gerry and Kate confirmed that Spanish detective agency Metodo 3, are looking for more information on Ridout.

His mother Jill, 58, refused to comment claiming she hadn't seen her son for two years.


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