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Missing Madeleine may have been victim of serial offender: Police

Published on Apr 23, 2014 8:41 PM
 
Kate (right) and Gerry McCann, parents of missing British child Madeleine McCann, at a press conference in Rabat, Morocco, on June 11, 2007. Madeleine may have been among the victims of a series of sexual assaults on British children in Portugal, probably carried out by a single offender around the time she went missing seven years ago, British police said on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Madeleine McCann may have been among the victims of a series of sexual assaults on British children in Portugal, probably carried out by a single offender around the time she went missing seven years ago, British police said on Wednesday.

Madeleine disappeared, aged three, from her room at the Praia da Luz holiday resort in the Algarve in May 2007 while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby restaurant, leading to a global search that gripped the world's media.

British and Portuguese police are investigating a string of cases of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault on British children between 2004 and 2010.

One assault, which was only reported to police following a public appeal for information in March, was on a 10-year-old girl at Praia da Luz itself two years before Madeleine disappeared . "This offence now takes us into the resort and of course is very important in investigating Madeleine's disappearance," said Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood at a news conference in London on Wednesday.

 
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