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Madeleine McCann: 150 Calls After Dutch Appeal
Police have received 150 phone calls from the public after an appeal about Madeleine McCann was aired on Dutch television.
Officers at Scotland Yard said they received the calls after the appeal was broadcast on the Netherlands crime programme, Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday evening.
The news comes after Madeleine's parents said they were "absolutely delighted" with the "overwhelming" response to a new appeal for information about her disappearance featured on BBC's Crimewatch programme.
Following a similar appeal on Norway's TV2 channel on Monday, a Norwegian woman has claimed to have seen a girl resembling Madeleine with a strange man when she was on holiday in Spain two years ago.
The woman contacted former police superintendent Finn Abrahamsen with the tip-off after the ex-policeman appeared on TV2 to discuss a new suspect in the case.
Mr Abrahamsen said: "There was a lady who had been on holiday in Spain two years ago.
"She was at a shopping mall and believed she observed the missing girl with an older man. She's pretty sure this could be Madeleine McCann.
"It is a huge challenge and we should not have too high expectations, but we can't give up until we've tried everything. We have already seen that it flows in tips from throughout Europe, and it becomes even more focused on Germany and Holland.
"We can hope that more people will react to some of the important tips that has come. For example, the observations of a man who has been carrying away a child.
"If more tips with similar observations comes in, it can be very interesting."
Mr Abrahamsen urged anyone with information to contact their local police who would liaise with Scotland Yard.
"We have a good contact with British police," he said. "This good contact has lasted over the years. It is easy for the police in Norway to pass on tips. So contact the Norwegian police, and ask them to pass it on."
Detectives have released two e-fit images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the case based on the accounts of two separate witnesses.
Both described seeing him in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on the evening of the three-year-old's disappearance on May 3, 2007.
He is said have been seen walking towards the sea carrying a child of a similar age to Madeleine.