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Madeleine McCann Police Bring In Sniffer Dogs
A new site has been cordoned off as detectives continue their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The land just outside the resort of Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, was taped off by Portuguese police early this morning ahead of the British team's arrival.
Within an hour, British police were back out on the ground and searching the new area, which lies on the road between Praia da Luz and the town of Lagos and sits behind a water treatment plant.
Police sniffer dogs from South Wales Police were out on the land this morning and then search teams formed a line and systematically searched the ground with sticks.
Local handyman Candido Furtado told Sky News: "I can't understand why they are searching here, On this land they will only find bones from buried horses and donkeys.
"I have always worked here and I never seen anything suspicious or any disturbed ground."
Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in the resort in May 2007 while her parents Gerry and Kate dined with friends nearby.
The couple from Rothley, Leicestershire, said last week: "We are kept updated on the ongoing work in Portugal and are encouraged by the progress."
The new searches come after the initial scrubland site in Praia da Luz was wound down on Sunday evening.
Specialist teams had scoured the ground for seven days using radar equipment, police sniffer dogs and forensic archaeologists, but it is not thought that they found anything of significance to the investigation.
One police officer told Sky News as he left the site that the new searches would be "more of the same".
Portuguese police sources have said a series of suspects will be questioned in the near future once the searches have concluded.
Scotland Yard has refused to reveal what intelligence led them to the search areas or to give any updates on their progress.