Thursday, May 30, 2024

Reservoir Rubbish – More Wasted Money In £14m Search For ‘Missing’ Madeleine McCann

Matthew Steeples slams the decision to waste yet more money on top of the £14 million spent by searching a reservoir for Madeleine McCann; it is time precious resources were reallocated to searches for missing people capable of actually being found

In a new development in the genuinely wasteful £14 million ($17.3 million, €16 million or درهم63.7 million) search for Madeleine McCann – a child who went ‘missing’ after her middle class doctor parents needlessly and neglectfully left her and her siblings alone on 3rd May 2007 in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal – police have today begun searching a reservoir about 25 miles distant from the scene of the ‘vanishing.’


Conducted by Portuguese police at the behest of German police who have been investigating the 45-year-old convicted rapist Christian Brückner – an evil monster, but nonetheless an evil monster cleared  Cleared in February 2021 of the May 2015 kidnapping of Inga Gehricke – here is yet further example of timewasting for the sake of keeping police officers in jobs.


Present in addition to Portuguese and German officers are several from the Metropolitan Police and of the search The Guardian tellingly observed:


“The reservoir was reportedly searched in 2008 and bones found in a bag were judged to be of ‘non-human origin.’ It remains unclear why the police have chosen to search the reservoir again at this point.”


“On Monday evening, Portugal’s judicial police released a statement confirming local media reports that they would conduct the search at the request of the German authorities and in the presence of British officials.”


“This will be the first major operation of its kind since June 2014, when the Metropolitan police received permission from Portuguese officials to search the holiday resort of Praia da Luz with search dogs and ground-penetrating radar.”


In response to this news, today on Twitter, I asked:


“Will today’s search of a reservoir for missing Madeleine McCann lead to new developments or is it just yet another misallocation of resources on top of the £14m already wasted?”


By 11:30am this morning, the majority of the 570 responses, 46.2% favoured the answer: “No; more distraction” whilst 40.5% plumped for: “No; just to keep police £.” Just 13.3% sampled opted for: “Yes; progress at last.” The poll remains open for another 22 hours, but I don’t anticipate those supporting the “yes” option to overcome the 86% who clearly believe that this latest police action to be nothing other than another disgraceful misuse of public money.


Editor’s Note – Unlike as is the case in many publications, this article was NOT sponsored or supported by a third-party. Follow Matthew Steeples on Twitter at @M_Steeples.


This morning on Twitter, Matthew Steeples asked: “Will today’s search of a reservoir for missing Madeleine McCann lead to new developments or is it just yet another misallocation of resources on top of the £14m already wasted?” By 11:30am on Tuesday 23rd May, the majority of respondents unsurprisingly favoured the answer: “No; more distraction.”

Barragem do Arade reservoir near the town of Silves in the Algarve, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) from Praia da Luz where Madeleine disappeared aged three from her family’s holiday apartment on 3 May 2007.

Madeleine McCann search 23rd May 2023 1
Madeleine McCann search 23rd May 2023 2
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Missing Madeleine – Questions STILL without Answers… £14 million wasted on Operation Grange… Why continue? Why waste more? Why not help others?

Many questions about what happened on the evening of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann remain. Some that have been highlighted by the press and discussed online include:


  • Why did Kate McCann refuse to answer 48 questions put to her by the Portuguese police?


  • Why were certain records of phone calls on the evening of the disappearance “whoosh-clunked” from the memories of the phones of Mr and Mrs McCann and the ‘Tapas 7’?


  • Why were relevant mobile phone records never handed over to the authorities in spite of them potentially being useful to the search?


  • Why did the couple not use the babysitting service on offer in the holiday resort on the evening of 3rd May 2007 when they went out on the razzle dazzle with friends?


  • Why was the door to the apartment – which opened directly onto a public highway – left unlocked with three children aged under three years old alone inside?


  • Why did a British sniffer dog sense the smell of a corpse in a cupboard in the apartment from which Madeleine McCann disappeared?


  • Why did a sniffer dog also supposedly sense the smell of a corpse in a vehicle hired by the couple a month after the disappearance of their daughter?


  • Why did the McCanns repeatedly try to discredit the work of the sniffer dogs and their handlers?




  • Why have the McCanns attempted to ‘gag’ anyone who disputes their version of events – most especially Gonçalo Amaral?


  • Why, given over £14 million has been spent on this search to date, has nobody come forward with any sighting of ‘missing’ Madeleine McCann given the very, very substantial rewards on offer?


Missing still yet little to no police resources for their cases… Ben Needham disappeared in Kos, Greece on the 24th July 1991 aged 1 and his mother gets little help for her search; Martin Allen disappeared in London on 5th November 1979 aged 15 and though his brother, Kevin, keeps the case in the public eye as much as he can, he gets little to no help from the Metropolitan Police. Why won’t the police consider reallocating resources away from Operation Grange towards the search for other missing people? £14 million has been wasted for nothing, after all. What are they hiding?
A sense of priorities… Madeleine McCann on a tennis court prior to her ‘disappearance’ in May 2007 and her parents out running near the resort she ‘disappeared’ in the days after her ‘disappearance.’
Living-it-up… Gerry McCann enjoying a round of golf (left); Kate McCann at Downing Street, London hobnobbing with Missing People CEO Martin Houghton-Brown, the Duchess of Gloucester and the then Home Secretary Theresa May on 23rd May 2012 (right).
Brown nosing with a ragbag of rotten rubbish… Amongst those to have supported the McCanns have been especially gobby attention seekers including job wrecker Sir Richard Branson, “Chanel-clad” charity begins at home tin banger Baroness (Catherine) Meyer and her pompous arsehole late ex-husband Sir Christopher Meyer and job wrecking grabber Sir Philip Green.
Pictured above: Since croaked paedophile Sir Clement Freud (right) lunched with Gerry (left) and Kate McCann in Praia da Luz in Portugal in July 2007, two months after their daughter’s disappearance. Mrs McCann later praised the risotto as “the best she’d ever tasted.” Pictured below: Ghislaine Maxwell pictured at the launch of a book about Sir Clement’s brother, Lucian, titled ‘Breakfast With Lucian’ in 2013 by Geordie Greig. Also in the image are Nicholas Coleridge, Piers Morgan, an unknown child, Geordie Greig and Ariadne Calvo-Platero.
In 2009, private investigators for Gerry and Kate McCann issued an E-FIT to the media of a woman they believed could be “potentially significant” to their investigation. She has never been found, but, speculation online (entirely unproven as accurate thus far) has regularly included: “She looks remarkably like Ghislaine Maxwell.” There is no suggestion that this is one and the same woman, but it would be ever so helpful if the convicted nonce sex trafficker Miss Maxwell came forward and cleared this up for once and for all.
In December 2017, when £11 million of British taxpayers’ money had been spent towards the search for ‘missing’ Madeleine McCann, 86% of viewers of ITV1’s ‘Loose Women’ said the public purse should cease to fund the investigation. Now, in January 2023, with that sum now well in excess of £14 million (aside from the millions in private money also), it is time to allocate resources to the search for missing people who actually can be found, we would suggest. Shouldn’t 2023, when many suffer because of the cost-of-living crisis, be the time that this pointless waste of funds finally ends?
Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.


  1. As nasty as Brückner is, he had nothing to do with it. We all know who it really was, the dogs told us.
    On a much happier note, that ghastly paedo Harris is dead at last. I expect his daughter will shortly arrive here.

  2. Still believe the parents are involved! And yes it’s time to move on to cases that don’t have so much publicity! They are just trying to save face! Other children need help being found! Where was Maxwell at when made went missing?

  3. I also don’t believe Bruckner did it. I truly believe it was the parents. For some reason they are trying to pin it on someone else. Even if they found Madeleine in the area does not mean Bruckner did it. Parents could have driven her there.

  4. The whole sordid case is just terrible. I can’t believe the parents actually went out jogging together not long after it happened.
    If that had been my child, I would have to be sedated for a month. Also leaving the children unattended while they wined and dined, is just unforgivable, and they should have been charged with that alone, in my book that’s child abuse.
    I truly hope we find out what happened, but I do believe the parents are involved in some way, probably an accident, that they then had to cover up, and the whole thing ran out of control.

  5. I too believe that Madeline may have succumbed to a fall and they returned to find her deceased and so they disposed of and concocted this whole narrative of her being ‘taken’.

    There was a good documentary on YT (I cannot recall the name) but their conclusion was Madeline had heard Gerry talking outside the apartment (after returning to check-up on the children) and had climbed up on to the sofa by the window and had possibly fallen, sustained a head injury and when Kate came to check the next time she found Madeline on the floor (marble) with serious head injuries and subsequently had dies from her injuries.
    Both Gerry & Kate knew they would be scrutinized for leaving the children alone (child abuse/neglect) and in a bid to save themselves created this whole narrative, I digress.

    Am I the only person to notice that whenever there is a major news story/scandal or other high profile story, there always seems to be a ‘development’ in this tragic case of Madeline?
    I would postulate that Madeline’s tragic story is used by the media to deflect attention from other major stories.

    One other thing I found quite interesting is that Madeline disappeared in Portugal, Now if we jump forward to the major story regarding Phillip Schofield which is and has been unfolding the last few weeks, It was reported that Holly Willoughby was at her £8 Million pound holiday villa in none other than Portugal.

    Most TV stars have holiday homes in the south of France, Spain or Italy (Andrew Neil being a prime example, Southern France)

    I would then postulate most TV stars have holiday homes in France or Italy, Most gangsters or drug dealer/people on the run flee to Spain and this leaves Portugal for the ‘people with a penchant for children’.

    Tenuous to say the least, but I thought it was something no-one else has mentioned.


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