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  • 9 June 2014, 15:02

Madeleine McCann Police Shut Down Search Area

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have closed down their first search area in Praia da Luz.

Detectives ordered cordons to be taken away from the scrubland site on Sunday evening.

The area is a five-minute walk from the holiday complex where the McCanns were staying in May 2007.

Specialist teams spent the past week conducting in-depth searches using victim recovery dogs and radar equipment, while archaeologists carefully dug out holes.

The holes have now been filled in, police have packed away their tents and equipment has been removed from the site.

Paul Luckman, publisher of the Portugal News, told Sky News: "Nothing has been found that the Portuguese police missed at the time.

"People really feel that enough is enough.

"(It's) not that they don't have sympathy for the parents or that they don't want the child found but (we have to) be realistic - we're seven years down the road."

Mr Luckman also questioned the expense of the investigation to the British taxpayer, adding: "7m in, heading towards eight, and with all the resources the Met have got ... we're just in the same situation.

"People ask, 'When is this ever going to end?'"

Portuguese police sources told Sky News the investigation will resume on Wednesday with searches in new areas just outside Praia da Luz.

The Metropolitan Police has refused to give out any details about the searches or the intelligence behind them.

As they left the site on Sunday evening, one police officer told Sky News the next searches would be "more of the same".