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Madeleine case review is a “huge step” say McCanns

Madeleine McCann’s parents say the review of their missing daughter’s case by Portugal detectives is a huge step.

Speaking ahead of the 10-km Miles for Missing People run in London on Saturday, Gerry and Kate McCann, who joined almost 1,000 other runners, said that knowing a team of Porto detectives was reviewing their daughter’s case had taken “pressure off” them.

“It’s a huge step,” they told the Press Association.

In a statement sent to the Algarve Resident, Gerry and Kate McCann said they were happy with the news and hoped the case would be re-opened as a result.

The Miles for Missing People run is organised by charity Missing People and aims to raise funds for its 24-hour lifeline which offers support to families of missing people across the UK.

Madeleine McCann was three when she vanished from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007, while her parents were dining with friends at the resort’s restaurant.

Last May, Scotland Yard police began their own review of the case, which is expected to cost the Metropolitan Police nearly £2 million.

The British officers have since travelled to Portugal and Spain to pursue lines of inquiry.

Portuguese crime expert Moita Flores said in his column for Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã that it is money “well spent”, referring to the £1.9 million the British police is likely to spend on the review of the case.

Moita Flores said: “It’s never too much effort or money when what is at stake is a missing child. We will all find peace when we know what happened to Madeleine.”