Madeleine McCann police search German allotment

Madeleine McCann police search German allotment

Madeleine McCann police search German allotment

German police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are searching an allotment near Hanover, according to the BBC and other media reports.

Footage from the scene shows forensic officers and heavy machinery being used in the search.

The police have not revealed what exactly they are hoping to find, but a spokeswoman for state prosecutors in Braunschweig confirmed that the search was taking place as part of its investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine.

Work at the site began yesterday (Monday, July 27) and was expected to last until tomorrow.

It is around 40 miles from the city of Braunschweig, where main suspect Christian B was last registered as living.

Madeleine was three years old when she went missing from an apartment in Praia da Luz while on holiday with her family in Portugal in 2007.

Christian B, 43, was revealed as the main suspect in the case in June.

He is believed to have been in the area where Madeleine was last seen.

Police said the suspect was regularly living in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007 and had jobs in the area, including in catering, but also committed burglaries in hotels and dealt drugs.

German prosecutors have previously said they have evidence that leads them to believe Christian B killed Madeleine, but it is not strong enough to take him to court.

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