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1.10.07

“An army of media” followed the McCann ih their trip to Huelva

KATE and Gerry McCann were stunned at the latest police claim about missing Madeleine — that they buried her during a “missing two hours” while putting up posters in Spain, according to The Sun: On August 3, the couple drove from the fateful Algarve resort of Praia da Luz across the border to the Spanish town of Huelva to put up posters.

With them were Gerry’s brother John and a cameraman hired to take footage for the website findmadeleine.com.Once in Spain, the couple were followed around by an army of media.

Despite this, police are focusing on what they claim was a “missing two hours”. They are investigating the possibility Gerry and Kate either buried the body then — or returned to the site of a grave they made earlier.

On the road to Huelva Spain (The Sun)

It is the latest in a string of controversial theories by the Portuguese — many of which have been discredited. To bolster their latest idea — leaked to one of the country’s newspapers — police say it was: SUSPICIOUS the trip was postponed from the day before — because Gerry had intestinal problems.

“STRANGE” that the couple, from Rothley, Leics, chose to visit Spain on a national holiday when shops were shut.MYSTERIOUS that the McCanns racked up “unjustified mileage” in their Renault Scenic — hired 25 days after Maddie disappeared. Police are awaiting further tests on the car — in which they claim to have already found DNA linked to Maddie.

Leaflets: distribution began at 1pm (The Sun)

They are said to have met with Spanish counterparts to study CCTV showing the motor travelling in “places without reason.” Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, insisted: “The trip to Huelva was organised on behalf of the Find Madeleine campaign.”

A source close to the McCanns said that Kate and Gerry had a “new determination” to find Maddie. Yesterday the couple left their home in Rothley to take their two-year-old twins to nursery. Gerry told supporters: “It’s just over two weeks since we returned home.

The news in that time is we have not been charged with any offences regarding Madeleine’s disappearance.”Meanwhile Kate’s mum spoke of the toll the ordeal is taking on her daughter.Susan Healy, 61, said: “Like any mum I worry for her. She’s lost a few pounds but that’s only to be expected because of the constant levels of stress.“She’s coping from day to day and remaining strong.”

The couple's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, told Daily Mail “that Mr and Mrs McCann, both 39-year-old doctors from Rothley, Leicestershire, have a full account of their visit to Huelva. He said the couple were never alone during the trip and were always in the company of PR adviser Jon Corner and a cameraman.”

According to Clarence Mitchell, “there is even a video of the trip on the website YouTube, showing the McCanns handing out leaflets as part of their drive to find their daughter. Mr Mitchell said: "Kate and Gerry stopped several times to distribute leaflets and they had the car boot open all the time."They transported all the campaign material in it. If there had been a body in there, people would have seen." Spanish authorities said yesterday they have not been asked to investigate the Huelva trip.

Spokesman Manuel Bago insisted: "There is no investigation involving Madeleine's parents in the province of Huelva (...)"

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