New information has been released by Scotland Yard in the search for Madeleine McCann.
Detectives are preparing to go to Portugal where they will launch digs in and around the area where Madeleine McCann disappeared 7 years ago.
It is understood a team of highly-skilled forensic officers will use radar equipment to look underground in the grim hunt for clues.
A source close to the McCann’s said: “Kate and Gerry have been told police will be conducting the searches in and around Praia da Luz as soon as they get the green light from Portuguese authorities.
“There will be earth diggers everywhere and it will look very dramatic and it will be a heartbreaking and hugely emotional time for Madeleine’s poor parents.
“They don’t believe police are acting on any new tip off. They just need to carry out their own digs, looking for any possible clues that Portuguese authorities may have missed on their previous searches.
“It will not be a mere fingertip search of certain areas, it will be full ground searches, using radar and other equipment. It is such a sensitive part of their investigation but it has to be done.
“Police have assured Kate and Gerry that it does not mean they are specifically searching for her body. They are doing searches as much as to rule scenarios out as much as rule them in. They will be concentrating on several different places at different phases.
“Certain areas should have been searched properly way back by the Portuguese authorities but were not.”
Kate and Gerry will not be going to Portugal but will be kept updated throughout.
The source revealed the dig will form a routine part of the Met’s cold case review into Madeleine.
It comes after a Crimewatch TV appeal resulted in new information coming to light. The source added: “They have been tasked with the painstaking job of going through every single detail the Portuguese police have already done, plus following up any new leads that have come in. They are looking into it with fresh eyes. New information has come in following Crimewatch but it is not known if any of it is linked to these searches.”
Police will dig two areas of land surrounding the Ocean Club’s Apartment 5A, where Madeleine vanished on May 3 2007, and an area on the nearby beach.
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I cannot even imagine what Gerry and Kate McCann are going through right now, as a parent all you want is for your children to be safe and sound – not knowing where your child is, let alone 7 years of not knowing, would be absolute hell.
I am sure we all want the same thing and hope that this case can be solved in the very near future.
Have you been following this case? How would you feel?
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