Madeleine McCann news – Met chief Cressida Dick admits missing girl may never be found despite multimillion-pound search


BRITAIN’S top cop Cressida Dick has admitted she doesn’t know if the Madeleine McCann case will ever be solved.

The Metropolitan Police commissioner said it would be “fantastic” if detectives found Maddie – who vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal 12 years ago.

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Met Police chief Cressida Dick has admitted she doesn’t know if Madeleine McCann will ever be found[/caption]

But Ms Dick admitted she did not know if the multi-million pound probe would be successful and said it could be “closed” if there were no more “active lines of inquiry”.

Speaking on LBC radio on Monday, she said: “We don’t give a running commentary on this case. We frequently speak to the Portuguese police team.

“We are still doing our work as best as we possibly can.”

LBC host Nick Ferrari asked: “Do you think it will ever be solved?”.

She replied: “It would be fantastic if it was. I don’t know whether it will be.

“But we are carrying on. While there are still lines of inquiry we will of course continue with this.

“Once, or if, we get to a point where there are no longer active lines of inquiry then of course we will – as with all similar investigations – say, ‘Right, that one is now closed or dormant if you like.’

“If new information comes in we have it all ready to go to look at it again.’’

It would be fantastic if it was (solved). I don’t know whether it will be

Met Police chief Cressida Dick

This comes after it was revealed last week that cops are closing in on a new prime suspect in the long-running case.

Portuguese police are perusing a “new clue and suspect” after talks with British officers, according to a bombshell local media report.

Correio da Manha newspaper claimed local detectives are now “nearer to knowing what happened to Madeleine”.

It comes after a tip-off over a mystery “foreign” man who was in the Algarve at the time of Maddie’s disappearance in 2007.

Detectives from Scotland Yard recently met Policia Judiciaria (PJ) officers in Porto to share key information on the investigation.

A source in Portugal told The Mirror: “The British were here recently, there were talks at the PJ office in the city.


“It’s all very secret but then it always is with the Madeleine case.

“Only the police know who the suspect is.”

It’s not clear if the suspect’s whereabouts is known to detectives.

But the face-to-face meeting between British and Portuguese police is believed to be the first since the new suspect came to light.

It could be the biggest leap forward in the £12million investigation since Maddie vanished from her holiday flat at Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

The girl, then aged 3, is believed to have been snatched from her bed while her parents Kate and Gerry had dinner with friends just yards away.

The local probe into her suspected kidnapping was axed in 2008 and Scotland Yard launched Operation Grange in 2011.

Scotland Yard said their investigation is “ongoing”.


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Kate and Gerry McCann were eating tapas with friends when Madeleine disappeared from their apartment[/caption]

Madeleine McCann disappeared more than a decade ago while her family was on holidays in Portugal
No trace of the youngster has ever been found
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