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Police search scrubland in Portugal in new attempt to find Madeleine McCann

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Police search scrubland in Portugal in new attempt to find Madeleine McCann

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Police from the UK and Portugal have begun searching an area of scrubland in the Algarve in a renewed attempt to find the missing British girl Madeleine McCann.

Scotland Yard detectives said recently that the case was heading towards a “substantial stage of activity”, as the Portuguese authorities accepted their request to examine the land.

Sniffer dogs and specialist equipment are to be used at several sites near the apartment block in Praia de Luz where the McCanns were staying on holiday in 2007.

Madeleine was 10 days short of her fourth birthday when she disappeared from her bedroom as her parents ate with friends at a nearby restaurant.

The case made international headlines but the original search came to nothing.

British police launched a new investigation last July, two years after beginning a review.

The McCann family had written to the British prime minister claiming neither the UK nor Portuguese authorities had done enough to find their daughter.

The renewed search has sparked some frustration in the resort over the timing – coinciding with the start of the busy summer season.