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UK's No1 Sherlock Bones: Keela, a bane of the McCann's lives

And old article worth re-reading from December 2005, before the McMedia began rubbishing Eddie and Keela in the Haute de la Garenne and Madeleine McCann cases.

By ALASTAIR TAYLOR

Published: 30 Dec 2005

BRITAIN’S most amazing police dog can earn more than her chief constable.

Springer spaniel Keela is so smart she is hired by other forces for £530 a day plus expenses.

That is a rate of £200,000 a year, compared to the £129,963 paid to South Yorkshire’s top cop Med Hughes.

Keela, 16 months, has helped detectives around the country with high profile cases, including the stabbing of Abigail Witchalls, 26, in Surrey.

Now she is going to the United States to show off her skills to the FBI.

Her sense of smell is so keen she can sniff out blood on clothes after they have been washed repeatedly in biological powder.

She can pick out microscopic amounts of blood even on weapons that have been scrubbed clean. And she is able to lead detectives to minuscule pieces of other evidence.

Handlers PC Martin Grimes and PC John Ellis devised a special training regime to focus Keela’s remarkable sense of smell.

John said: “Criminals will attempt to clean up a crime scene and that is when Keela comes into her own.

“We’ve had Keela since she was a pup. She was the perfect dog and she has done amazingly well.

“Obviously, when she’s called in by other forces they are charged a fee.

“It’s funny to think that she can earn more than the chief constable.

“The FBI are interested in how we work because they are looking at setting up their own unit.”

Mr Hughes said: “We know other forces, here and abroad, are interested and we must see what opportunities we can develop.”
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Source: The Sun
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Gonçalo Amaral: "Our English colleagues then realise a hard reality: the strong possibility that they would have a crime to investigate in their own country, with the McCann couple as the main suspects: a prospect that does not seem to appeal to them. I notice a sudden pallor in the faces of those British people present." (Chapter 18: The Truth about the Lie")
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Gonçalo Amaral: "As time went by, we noticed that a certain number of the police officers sent to Portugal were poorly informed about the progress of the investigation. One of them who - like the majority - was coming to Portugal for the first time, was wearing a green and yellow rubber wrist band, bought for £2, which he played with nervously. The inscription read, "Look for Madeleine." Some of his colleagues told him that he would soon get rid of it. As a matter of fact, he took it off as soon as he got properly into the investigation and he had learned about the evidence placing doubt on the theory of abduction." (Chapter 6: "The Truth about the Lie")