British police visited Spain in missing Madeleine case

5th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

British detectives visited the Spanish city of Barcelona last month as part of their review of the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann from a holiday flat in Portugal, police said on Monday.

"Three officers went to Barcelona on November 23-25 as part of the review of the case," a spokesman from London's Metropolitan police said.

He said he had "no idea" if the visit was linked to claims which appeared in the British press in 2009 that Madeleine might have been transported by sea to Barcelona after being snatched from the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz in 2007.

The Met has said there will be no limits in its re-examination of the evidence.

Madeleine went missing from an apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, as her parents and their friends dined at a restaurant nearby.

Portuguese police wound up their investigation after 14 months, but Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry won an assurance from British Prime Minister David Cameron in May that the Met would help to re-examine the evidence.

The Met spokesman said there had been "excellent cooperation" with the Portuguese authorities.

© 2011 AFP

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