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Madeleine Police Identify New Search Area
The renewed search for clues into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is to move to a new area outside of Praia Da Luz, Sky News has learned.
Portuguese police have told Sky News a new dig will begin on land somewhere between Praia Da Luz and the town of Lagos on Wednesday.
The development comes as search teams appear to have discounted parts of the site in Praia Da Luz where digging has been taking place all week.
Officers used shovels and wheelie bins to fill in some of the holes they dug on scrubland as the search entered its sixth day on Saturday.
Some of the small yellow flags that were placed on areas of interest within the site earlier this week were removed.
Sniffer dogs from South Wales Police are again on site with their handlers working in different sections of the scrubland.
The search, not far from the holiday complex where the McCanns were staying in 2007, will continue throughout the weekend.
Meanwhile, the family of missing Ben Needham have told Sky News their "thoughts and prayers" are with the McCanns as the investigation steps up in Portugal.
Some of the experts involved in the renewed search were also deployed to the island of Kos in Greece in 2012 when South Yorkshire Police led a review into Ben's disappearance.
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."
Officers have been allowed to continue their work through the weekend in Praia da Luz after the Portuguese authorities granted them extra time.
Forensic archaeologists, anthropologists, dog search teams and various specialist police officers from several UK forces have been working on the site.
The Metropolitan Police has not revealed why it has chosen to search the area of scrubland or any details of what it has found so far.