|Critics doubt breakthrough possible|
The move by Scotland Yard to join the hunt for Madeleine McCann, after her parents begged David Cameron for help, has prompted questions about why the review could not have been carried out earlier, when evidence was fresher.
And critics are also questioning whether there is any realistic prospect of a breakthrough in the case, which has seen no major developments since Madeleine’s disappearance on May 3, 2007.
British detectives have expressed dismay over flaws in the investigation, in which dozens of people were allowed to trample over the crime scene and evidence was found to be contaminated with cigarette ash.
At a press conference, Gerry McCann said: “We really have come to the end of our tether, we want to see action from the government, not rhetoric.”
The heart consultant, 42, had made a personal appeal to Cameron, and recalled the premier’s own suffering over the death of his six-year-old son Ivan in 2009, saying: ‘He will understand what we’ve gone through.”