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COPS TRACE EVERY PHONE CALL; HUNT FOR MADELEINE Bid to find out where McCanns travelled.


POLICE are to use mobile phone tracking technology to pinpoint Kate and Gerry McCann's movements in the days after daughter Madeleine vanished.

Portuguese detectives, who have named the pair as suspects, are also charting where the couple's family and friends were - using signals picked up by phone masts in the Algarve.

Analysis of records from the masts can reveal which phones were nearby even if no calls were made.

Police reportedly believe Madeleine is dead and are stepping up efforts to find her body.

The attempt to chart the movements of her relatives emerged yesterday amid claims that Kate will be quizzed by British police over Madeleine's alleged abduction within days.

Portuguese police are reportedly making a formal request for officers in Britain to re-interview Kate on Tuesday or Wednesday. They want to pinpoint the pair's trips in a hired car - where DNA evidence said to be a close match to Madeleine's was found despite it not being rented until 25 days after the four-year-old disappeared.

Portuguese papers yesterday said the silver Renault Scenic hire car travelled more than 1709 miles in just a few weeks.

But Gerry's brother John claimed the mileage was due to trips between Faro Airport and the resort of Praia da Luz.

He said: "Many friends and relatives came over to visit Kate and Gerry and were driven in the car.

"If you think about the number of relatives who were over there, that would build up a number of miles."

Kate, 39, suspected by Portuguese police of killing Madeleine accidentally and then hiding her body, is set to face more than the 40 questions put to her in interview 10 days ago.

Algarve cops are convinced Madeleine is dead and hope Kate will break and tell their British counterparts where her body is - and spare them having to rely on DNA evidence alone.

News of a second interrogation coincides with reports police have permission to seize Kate's diary - said to contain complaints about the behaviour of Madeleine and twins Sean and Amelie, two.

Investigating judge Pedro Daniel Dos Anjos Frios, 38, is said to have admitted the diary as potential evidence on Friday.

But last night Gerry's sister Philomena, of Ullapool, said: "The so-called diary is not a diary at all. It is Kate's journal, started after Madeleine went missing.

"All this stuff coming out of Portugal is absolute nonsense.

There could be nothing further from the truth."

'The stuff coming out of Portugal is absolute nonsense'

Philomena McCann



Signals: Kate on her phone days after Madeleine vanished; Records: Gerry on his mobile less than a week into the ordeal; Feared dead: Madeleine. A car similar to the hired motor, above
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 16, 2007
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