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Madeleine McCann search moves to Australia

A witness has given Kate and Gerry McCann’s private investigators fresh information about an Australian woman who could be linked to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.  

The private investigators said the woman is of ‘potential significance’ to their hunt and later today will make a public appeal for help to find her.

The ‘Victoria Beckham lookalike’, as she is described, is believed to have arranged to meet a man in Barcelona three days after the disappearance of Madeleine. However, the woman began talking to the wrong man and during their conversation she said something that has led police to believe that she may have significant information about Madeleine’s disappearance.

The woman, who was described as short and slim, is estimated to be around 30-35 years old with short brown hair. She was wearing expensive looking jeans and a jersey top in a pastel shade. She is also believed to be fluent in Spanish.

The two British witnesses, who do not want to be identified, saw the woman in the Port Olympic Marina at about 2am on May 7. She was said to look agitated as she walked up and down outside the El Ray de la Gamba restaurant for 10 minutes and it appeared as if she was waiting for someone.

The first witness approached the woman and had a short conversation with her in which she thought he was the person she was waiting to meet. It was what she said before she realised it was the wrong person that has the private investigators convinced that the woman has information about Madeleine.

The woman then sat in a nearby bar and appeared to have an angry conversation with someone in Spanish.  She was last seen walking towards the hospitals and the ferry and cruise ship terminals.

The McCann’s family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “We want the public’s help to identify someone. We are making an appeal based on new information.”

Madeleine vanished from her family’s rented holiday apartment in The Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

She has not been since despite a series of appeals from her parents who have vowed never to give up the search for their daughter.