PORTUGESE police are believed to be working on information received from Scotland Yard about a foreign alleged “paedophile.”
It cited a judicial source as saying the unnamed man was in Portugal when Madeleine disappeared.
And it also claimed he was known to Portugese police and had been investigated on suspicion of involvement in paedophile cases.
His nationality was not revealed.
The website, reacting to news the PJ had a “new suspect” published earlier today/yesterday (FRI) by Portuguese tabloid Correio da Manha, said: “The PJ is following a tip received from Scotland Yard and sent recently to Portugal relating to the Madeleine McCann case, Expresso has learned from a judicial source.
“According to the source, it relates to a complaint made about a foreigner who was in Portugal in May 2007, when the English girl disappeared from a tourist complex in Praia da Luz.
“The suspect is no stranger to Portuguese police. At the time the PJ investigated him on suspicion of being involved in cases of paedophilia but in light of the information coming from London, the investigators are looking into this case in more detail.”
The source told the website: “This is a line of investigation that is still open. Like others.”
The PJ are already said to have spoken to witnesses who could help.
Expresso also highlighted author Anthony Summers’ mention in the Netflix documentary of an English-speaking sexual predator who was active in the Praia da Luz area and had entered properties rented by British holidaymakers.
In one case a girl woke up and asked ‘Is that you Daddy.’ and the intruder replied ‘Yes’ with a foreign accent.
The website said it had asked the Operation Grange team in London and the PJ in Portugal about the information on the intruder aired in a final chapter of the documentary, but said it was told by both that it would not be “appropriate” at this stage to give out information.