Monday, 17 October 2016


The purpose of the previous post may not have been clear, I have marked in red the headlines I consider to be important.  The main point is the sequence of events and the reason why the McCanns wanted Scotland Yard to do a review, not a new investigation:  ‘we are seeking a joint independent, transparent and comprehensive review of all information held in relation to Madeleine's disappearance.’ Transparancy may account for the curious Panorama documentaries, especially the one aired at the end of April 20012. However, the main point is that we first have the Policia Judiciare files released in 2008. By 2011, the book ‘madeleine’  is published,  by mid May 2011 Operation Grange is initiated.

The case is still shelved in Portugal and now the public are treated  for a long time to headlines with a wide variety of of  abductors. The court case in Lisbon against Dr. Amaral is useful for a few more headlines, one linking Kate’s suicide wish to Dr. Amaral’s  book. But: in 2013 the Portuguese start their own investigation again, sometime after that the Operation Grange is no longer a review but an active investigation.

I ask you to consider cause and effect. 

This post is taking a step back and going to back to 2006. Coincidences do happen, but there are rather a lot of them in my opinion.  It will be followed by two more giving main details of the timeline from September 2007 to 1st May 2008. More detailed information regarding events of that time can be found on

2006: On 3 January 2006, UK newspaper The Sun joined with PACT’s call for the government to improve the gathering of statistics on missing and abducted children. 1)
2006: Solicitor Richard Jones from Leicester moves to London. In 2007  he works - apparently short – term for the IFLG as he is no longer on the staff by 22nd August 2007. IFLG was less than six weeks old by 3/5/07  when they  helped set up a ‘Fighting Fund’. and  ‘were regularly instructed by the UK Government.’ 2)
2006: The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
is set up April 2006. 3)

2006  The disclosure project is published. 4)
2005/2006 – The charity ‘Missing People’ is in financial trouble. 5)
2006/2007 Operation Ore was under attack from the press for being over-zealous. 6)
2006 – Amber Alert: AMBER ALERT 2006  In 2006, a TV movie, Amber's Story, was broadcast on Lifetime. It stars Elisabeth Röhm and Sophie Hough.  7)


1) From the Wiki entry on PACT:

On 5 October 2005, Lady Catherine Meyer spoke at ICMEC to launch PACT's documentary “Victims of Another War: The Aftermath of Parental Alienation.”[16] It was then screened in England at the Lewis Centre before a large audience.

On 3 January 2006, UK newspaper The Sun joined with PACT’s call for the government to improve the gathering of statistics on missing and abducted children. The newspaper article featured ten children who had gone missing and asked readers to call the Police Missing Person’s Hotline if they saw anyone remotely resembling the children.[17]’. (This charity at one time Had Cherie Blair as co-director and the staff wages exceeded the income at one stage. Both PACT and Missing People are closely connected with the Madeleine case – see


2) The IFLG launched 31 March 2007. From the website of the IFLG:

The International Family Law Group (IFLG) launches at its premises in Covent Garden, London. We are a new specialist law firm providing services to the international community as well as for purely national clients. We have a special contract with the Legal Services Commission for child abduction work and are regularly instructed by the UK Government. We act for international families, ex pats and others in respect of financial implications of relationship breakdown including forum shopping and international enforcement of orders. We receive instructions from foreign lawyers and, as accredited specialists, act for clients of other law firms seeking their specialist experience.


3) JIM GAMBLE was the Director of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Service (CEOP). CEOP was a private company, funded by the government and by private sources . It was first set up in 2006, the year before Madeleine McCann was reported missing. Since 2010, it has been merged with the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), now the National Crime Agency.

CEOP: (wiki)

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is a command of the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA), and is tasked to work both nationally and internationally to bring online child sex offenders, including those involved in the production, distribution and viewing of child abuse material, to the UK courts.[1] The centre was formed in April 2006, and was absorbed into the NCA on 7 October 2013 by the Crime and Courts Act 2013.


4) The disclosure project.

One generation is all they need  Published on Sunday December 10, 2006.  ...‘At this juncture, an unfortunately common tragedy of modern life will occur: A small child, likely a photogenic toddler, will be murdered or horrifically abused. It will happen in one of the media capitals of the Western world, thereby ensuring non-stop breathless coverage. Chip manufactures will recognize this as the opportunity they have been anticipating for years. With their technology now largely bug-free, familiar to most citizens and comparatively inexpensive, manufacturers will partner with the police to launch a high-profile campaign encouraging parents to implant their children "to ensure your own peace of mind." unquote


5) Missing People:   Financial problems (2005–2006)

Faced with closure after years of inadequate funding and little input from the private sector, the media announced NMPH was to close.[8] Under the direction of the co-Founders Sir Norman Wakefield was appointed as advisor and formed a consortium of charitable organisations that offered financial support. ..]

New Beginnings (2007)

In May 2007 the charity relaunched as ‘Missing People’. This reflected the considerable strategic developments that had been made and the fact that the charity now provided a range of services rather than a single helpline.[9] Also in May, less than one week after her disappearance, missing three-year-old Madeleine McCann had become headline news around the globe.[10] On International Missing Children’s Day (25 May) an appeal by the charity was projected onto Marble Arch to highlight Madeleine’s disappearance and the plight of missing children across the UK.’

The company  is also registered as a charity and therefore has to publish comprehensive accounts as required by the Charity Commission. They are funded by the Postcode lottery  to the tune of roughly 1.5 million a year - the accounts as published are  very interesting as the staff wages account for a very large part of the funds. See



"Operation Ore has already ensnared the majority of those in categories one and two. They include teachers, barristers, solicitors, university lecturers, hospital consultants, a deputy prison governor, a senior Treasury civil servant and 50 policemen (including two involved in the investigation into the murder of two girls in Soham, Cambridgeshire, last year)."


This  alarm system was well underway in 2006,   In Europe some six nations used the guidelines of  Europe Amber Alert at that time, at present there are some 17 European countries who have signed the agreement.





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