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Madeleine McCann: Appeal Falls Flat In Portugal
The new Madeleine McCann appeal may have triggered headlines around the world but in Portugal the response has been muted.
While the e-fit images of the man detectives believe is "vital" to their enquiry can be found on the inside of national and regional newspapers, this is no longer front page news.
Paul Luckman, editor of the largest English language newspaper, The Portugal News, says the continued level of interest outside the country is "astounding".
"I don't think anyone can understand after six years how police based in England can find out what happened here. It doesn't really hang together," he said.
As for his readers: "They are fed up with it. They've lost interest in the whole case."
Many still bridle at suggestions from British journalists that the original Portuguese investigation was bungled.
In the hours after Kate McCann discovered her daughter was missing, police officers and local residents joined a search of the area.
Mr Luckman says at that time it was assumed the girl had woken and gone in search of her parents, who were dining at a nearby tapas restaurant.
He said child psychologists have determined young children on their own invariably walk downhill, so most of the effort was focused on the roads leading from the apartment towards the beach.
There was criticism that officers failed to consider an abduction and therefore did not seal the apartment to keep any possible evidence from being tainted.
Graham Roberts, who is retired and has lived here for 18 years, said people cannot understand why the details of the investigation and the case are still being "raked over".
"They are saying, 'why is it just this one case?' There are loads of other cases around the world, why has this one got such an ongoing high profile?"
One man who lives near the apartment but didn't want to be named said it was "crazy" that the reconstruction is not airing prominently on Portuguese television.
"Surely the people who might be able to help identify these suspects are not holidaymakers but the locals who live here day in, day out?" he said.
The case has certainly left some Portuguese police bitter about the perception of the force, as well as what they regard as outside interference.
One person described the original lead investigator Gon?o Amaral as a "broken man". He is now being sued for libel by the McCanns over two books he wrote afterwards.
:: Sky News will show a special investigation on Tuesday night at 8.30pm on Sky Channel 501, Virgin Media 602 and Freeview 82.