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  • 8 June 2014, 5:01

Madeleine McCann Police Extend Search Area

Police searching for missing Madeleine McCann will extend their hunt to new areas outside Praia da Luz next week.

Portuguese police sources confirmed to Sky News that land just off a road on the way to the nearby town of Lagos will be searched from next Wednesday.

Digging continued for a sixth day on the cordoned off scrubland close to the centre of Praia da Luz, five minutes walk from where the McCanns were staying in May, 2007.

Police sniffer dogs were once again covering different sectors of the search zone, and officers continued filling in holes they had carefully dug out earlier in the week.

A few of the small yellow flags previously placed on areas of interest were removed by the specialist teams, who seem to have discounted the patches of land from their investigation.

Some of the searchers in Portugal also worked on the renewed investigation into the disappearance of British toddler Ben Needham on the island of Kos in Greece in 2012.

Ben vanished in 1991 when he was 21 months old, after his mother and grandparents moved there from Sheffield.

Speaking to Sky News the Needham family said: "Our thoughts are with the McCanns in this search for Madeleine.

"We ourselves know that this sort of investigation will be a very difficult time for the family.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with them."

On Friday, some British money and a cash machine receipt were found on the site but have been discounted from the investigation along with many other items.

The Metropolitan Police detectives working on the case have not revealed why they have chosen the plot or any of the intelligence behind the search operation.

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