Police probing Madeleine McCann case receive 800 tip-offs after TV appeal

German police probing Madeleine McCann’s disappearance are sifting through over 800 new tip-offs after a TV appeal.

Detectives hope the leads are “the final piece in the jigsaw” after naming paedophile Christian Brueckner as prime suspect.

Information flooded in following a nationwide appeal last month on German channel ZDF.

And Christian Hoppe, of the country’s federal office of criminal investigations, said it had yielded new lines of inquiry.

Mr Hoppe declined to comment on whether the information was sufficient to charge Brueckner, 43.

He also renewed a plea for information about a Portuguese mobile phone, registered in drifter Brueckner’s name, which had the number 351-912-730-680.

German police are treating the case as a murder investigation.

Reports say Brueckner’s mobile was yards from Maddie an hour before she disappeared in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007, days before her fourth birthday.

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He has two child sex convictions and is in a German jail for drug offences. Brueckner is also appealing a seven-year sentence for raping a woman of 72 in Praia da Luz in 2005.

He denies any involvement in Maddie’s disappearance.


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