Police tracking three suspects

A MAN and woman spotted taking photos of children in Sagres three days before Madeleine McCann’s disappearance are being investigated by the Polícia Judiciária (PJ).

The PJ have further obtained a CCTV image of the same man and woman with another male at a service station near Lagos.

On Wednesday, the PJ targeted popular commercial outlets in Praia da Luz, Lagos, Burgau and Sagres, circulating the image in the hope of tracking the movements of the three people in the run up to her abduction on the night of May 3.

The car they were travelling in had a British registration which has now been released among European police and Interpol.

The couple were initially spotted in the Praça da Republica in Sagres by a Portuguese citizen on holiday in the area. They were described as having a British disposition. Concerned with their actions, the Portuguese citizen asked for an explanation from the man who immediately fled with his female companion in the car.

The witness could not decipher the number plate but took a photo on his mobile phone which turned out to be of poor quality.

As soon as news emerged of Madeleine’s disappearance, the Portuguese man contacted the Police who subsequently showed him the CCTV image of three people at a Lagos service station. He identified one of the men and the woman as the two he had seen in Sagres three days before Madeleine’s disappearance.

The PJ have been studying the behaviour of three people involved with the three British specialists that arrived in the Algarve on Tuesday.

Updated 12:13, May 10, 2007