More Arrests Expected Over Missing Madeleine

8:49pm UK, Wednesday July 11, 2007

Police in Portugal hunting for kidnapped British girl Madeleine McCann believe more arrests could be made this week.

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Murat was quizzed by police

A source close to the investigation said further developments are imminent and new suspects could be questioned.

So far, only one person, Robert Murat, has been named as a suspect - he was quizzed early in the inquiry and then released without charge.

It is believed detectives think several people may have been involved in the four-year-old's abduction and they are still convinced she is being held in Portugal.

Police are keeping Madeleine's parents up-to-date with each development and the McCanns say they have every confidence in the Portuguese inquiry.

"We have a great working relationship with the police. Our determination to find Madeleine is matched by theirs," said Madeleine's father Gerry.

The childwas abducted from the McCanns' holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia de Luz on May 3.

Locals reported increased police activity in the area at the weekend, but detectives will not confirm if this was part of the Madeleine inquiry.

"Three undercover police cars were seen rushing to an area a few miles away from Praia de Luz," said one local.

"It's very unusual to see that kind of activity in this area."

The McCanns also said they were glad to hear that Margaret Hill - the three-year-old British girl kidnapped in Nigeria - had been freed.

The couple, from Rothley, Leicestershire, have made a series of journeys across Europe to appeal for information on Madeleine.

They have based themselves in Portugal since May, and have carried out an international public awareness campaign to keep her case in the public eye.

They believe she could still be found safe and well.