British Ambassador Alexander Ellis asks PJ to reopen Maddie case

12 July 2009

Madeleine McCann's new file

Nigel Nelson

British Ambassador Alexander Ellis has asked Portuguese police to reopen the Maddie McCann case.

Now the force has promised to look at new evidence into Madeleine's disappearance in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz two years ago just before her fourth birthday.

They had said Maddie was dead and the case was closed. But Foreign minister Chris Bryant said: "The head of the Portuguese criminal investigation police is ready to consider credible new leads which may come to light."

Detectives working for Maddie's parents Kate and Gerry of Rothley, Leics, say the Algarve is awash with paedophiles. In the last four years seven children of tourists have been molested and there are 38 known sex offenders in the area.