By DAISY SAMPSON firstname.lastname@example.org
A guitar teacher who lives in the Algarve has hit out at British Sunday tabloid the News of the World after it named him as someone, it believes, private investigators should speak with in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Barrington Norton, who teaches classical guitar to children in the Lagos and Luz areas, believes the report in Sunday’s edition could “threaten his current way of life”.
The article, Maddie cops: 5 to quiz, claimed that investigators working for the McCanns are looking for five new witnesses who were all living near Praia da Luz at the time Madeleine disappeared and says “Our own investigation uncovered Barrington Norton, 58, who lives in a van, but was quizzed at the time.”
Barrington Norton, who contacted the Algarve Resident this week, says a reporter approached him while he was busking in Lagos.
“He knew things about me that he shouldn’t, including details about my wife and my bank account and he has since told me not to worry about what has been written about me in the paper. Before all of this happened to me, I used to be a happy-go-lucky person but the papers keep on digging up bullshit about me that doesn’t even exist and I am fed up with it all. I just want this all to end,” he told the Algarve Resident.
“I love kids and I am so proud of all my students. Parents trust me with their children because their kids enjoy their lessons and see me as someone they can relate to.”
Barrington Norton lives in his white van in the Luz and Lagos areas and was questioned by Portuguese police in relation to the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann at the time of the initial investigation.
“I have never hidden the fact that I was interviewed, but so were several other drivers of white vans. I cooperated fully with investigators and dogs searched my van but police found nothing to connect me to the case and I have not been contacted since.
“My van was parked near the McCanns’ apartment but that is because I was shopping at the Baptista supermarket. I do not have an alibi for the night because I was asleep in my van alone but the police know all of this,” he said.
“After I spoke to the reporter from the News of the World, I contacted the Find Madeleine Fund because I was under the impression that they wanted to interview me.
“However, the investigators got back to me and told me that they were not looking to speak with me and if they had wanted an interview they would have requested one much earlier than now.”
Barrington Norton told the Algarve Resident that he hoped he could now finally move on from any connection with the McCann case. “I am not hiding from anyone. I just want to get on with my life.”
The Algarve Resident contacted both the News of the World and the Find Madeleine Fund but at the time of going to press, both had failed to make a comment.
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