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Madeleine McCann Kidnap 'Was Pre-Planned'
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann say their review of the case suggests it was a premeditated abduction.
New theories have shifted detectives' focus to a second, later sighting of a man carrying a child at around the same time the three-year-old's parents discovered she was missing.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said he hoped to gather more information about men seen near the McCanns' apartment on several occasions in the week she disappeared.
When asked whether he believed the family was being watched, he said: "The physical evidence demonstrates to us that there are people, unexplained people, possibly doing just that.
"By the way the witnesses have described them ... lurking around in the very close proximity from where Madeleine was taken."
He said that one reading of the evidence indicated the abduction had "all the hallmarks of a pre-planned abduction that would undoubtedly have involved reconnaissance".
British police have also revealed that there was an upsurge in the number of burglaries in the resort in the weeks leading up to May 2007.
Exactly a year earlier there was also an incident in which a child raised the alarm after seeing an intruder in their holiday apartment.
The police are looking at whether these incidents could be related.
Mr Redwood said: "We can see that in the week that Madeleine disappeared but in the year before in 2006, that two children were in an apartment when a man came in and he appears to have come through the patio door, had a look around inside and definitely had a look into one of the cots and then left without taking anything.
"Then one of the children raised the alarm.
"We're particularly interested in that event as to whether it has any resonance to the disappearance of Madeleine. The man was described as being a white man with dark hair."
And they have also released e-fits of men described as "charity collectors" who had been going door-to-door and may or may not be genuine.
Officers think there is a possibility they could have been checking apartments ahead of a possible break-in.
The suggestion the abduction had been planned in advance was among a number of new theories revealed in a fresh appeal launched following a televised reconstruction on BBC Crimewatch.
The show contained a number of new revelations, including detective's new focus on a man seen carrying a blonde-haired child towards the ocean at around 10pm on the night in question.
Detectives also said a man the McCanns' friend Jane Tanner saw carrying a child earlier in the evening - who had been the key suspect for years - was an innocent British holiday maker.
Investigators made an additional plea in an effort to identify mysterious fair-haired men seen "lurking around" the apartment at the time who could be Dutch or German, with TV appeals set to run in the Netherlands and Germany. Two e-fits of the fair-haired men were unveiled.
:: Sky News will show a special investigation tonight at 8.30pm on Sky Channel 501, Virgin Media 602 and Freeview 82