Thursday, 5 January 2012

The Remit of Operation Grange

Operation Grange

On 12 May 2011 the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) announced that, at the request of the Home Secretary, it had agreed to bring its particular expertise to the Madeleine McCann case.

The then Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, considered the request and took the decision that on balance it was the right thing to do. This was subject to funding being made available by the Home Office, as this case is beyond the MPS's jurisdiction.

The Portuguese authorities retain the lead.

While the MPS will not provide a running commentary on its involvement, known as Operation Grange, it is felt appropriate to make the remit available to the public and it is available in the related publications.

Taken from the Metropolitan Police website

Below is the remit of Operation Grange, which is available to the public and can be downloaded from the Metropolitan Police website.

There is some speculation over the word 'abduction'.  I'm not going spin or mess about with the phrase... it just seems to be a sloppy oversight and perhaps something which should be corrected on the original public remit.  All other references to Madeleine's disappearance are just that... a disappearance.  It would be a travesty for this child if the police followed the blinkered approach of abduction and nothing else. Something I find very hard to believe they would do.

What I do find interesting is that the remit refers to not just a review of the case but an "investigative review".

Whilst ordinarily a review has no investigative remit whatsoever - the scale and extent of this enquiry cannot permit for such an approach.  It will take too long to progress to any action stage if activity is given wholly and solely to a review process.

This can only be good news for Madeleine... not only is the case being reviewed but appears to be being investigated with a timescale. And with the Portuguese police retaining the lead, hopefully our Boys in Blue will find that missing piece of the jigsaw that will allow the official case to be reopened.

Everyone seems to be whistle blowing these days... if you have any information that could help the investigative review, please contact the Met -

Major Investigation Team 5
Homicide and Serious Crime Command
Belgravia Police station 
202-206 Buckingham Palace Rd 
London SW1W 9SX


  1. ''Other private investigative agencies/staff and organisations''

    So we know that all the information gathering by TM will be taken into consideration & cross correlated. One can just image that will be interesting: Metodo, PILE OF FILES,all the phone calls direct to the McCann help lines, Viral message promoted by Gamble\CEOP, Halligen et al: even though the bill was unpaid from the data agency & data no collected and the current team of former detectives.

    And there we have it.

    A needle in a haystack.

    IMHO: the answer will not be found in the data.

    Unless of course there is something wrong with the ''cluster fu*ck'' outside 5A at approximately 9.15 and the much discounted sighting by the Smith family at 10 pm.

    If the last people to see Madeleine was the Smith family at 10 pm (and I don't state the obvious) I just hope the Smith family were first on the MET's list. THAT IS WHERE THE ANSWER IS!

    PS And where is Halligen these days? has he been extradited get?

  2. The word 'abduction' is a funny word,it implies a nasty STRANGER has taken someone,but if we look at the actual meaning of the word it is defined as 'the act of taking someone away by force or cunning'This widens the field considerably when investigating an abduction,to include friends,family members and not least PARENTS.So who knows maybe it was an abduction after all and Mr Martin Smith identified the nasty person responsible for the abduction.

  3. It's rather strange how the use of a word can make all the differance:



    I just quickly scanned the wikipedia link about Ian Brady, but as it is comtemporaneously you can't pick up on the terminology of the time\or the original alerts of the missing children\young people.

    But is it too far a generalisation that children
    under say 10

    Full into the danger zone

    15+ (but under 25)
    When missing there is no real general concern, and more often than not their sad demise is found long before any major concern, alerts or public interest
    A good example would be Fred & Rosemary West's victims. Currently the body of a young women in Sandringham Park.

    Although I have researched the number of young missing in the UK, I didn't factor in or have knowledge to hand of those that demised at the hands of the parents\or people known to them.

    The only outstanding\unexplained case l963 Genette Tate. But of course no one knows of children that have 'disappeared' but there is no record of there existence, that is increasingly coming to light the case in abuse cases.

    As much is made of the LARGE numbers of ABDUCTED children, by the McCanns, they never mentioned the difference of EXPLAINED and UNEXPLAINED, i.e. using taken by parents\relatives.

    Big difference! Therefore the UNEXPLAINED disappearance of a child under 10, specifically under 5 is in fact very rare.

    Yet alone to have happened with her father standing in the road and a member of the holiday group witnessing it.


  4. I think that the first persons on the list will be Tapas 7 and it is possible that they will come forward with the truth. The pressure on them now is too big and I believe they even could be angry with the McCanns because of their insistence in making a review.They lied in order to help Kate and Gerry and now they are in difficulties, especially Tanner who "recognized" Murat and Rachel, Fiona and O'Brian who "saw" him that night. This will cost them a lot of money. And it intrigues me that Payne vanished short after the crime and we never heard of him again.Very strange, also because he hid himself behind a monitor, freeing himself of going checking on the children.What is behind that monitor? Is he the perpetrator? Because Jim Gamble said on an interview, Panorama Australia, that sometimes the police concentrate themselves on a person and the real perpetrator remains at large for years and years.Did he mean Payne, something happened with the McCanns permission and it ren out of the hands? On BBC beakfast 2008, Kate says "you don't expect somebody to come in and to steal your child out of YOUR bed?" What was Maddie doing in her parents'bed at 6.30 pm, when Payne arrived? And what for?

  5. It is an absolute disgrace that this investigation is continuing when cuts are being made to police budgets. Other people matter; frightened old people being terrorised in their homes, people with learning disabilities being beaten to death for sport. The families of Ben Needham and Katrice Lee are not getting millions of pounds of police time and effort. What of the Madeleine fund? So much of it seems to have gone to line the pockets of charlatans and con men, to pay Clarence Mitchell and to pay the expenses of the McCanns legal actions.

    Cameron MUST be made to stand up in the House of Commons and justify this expense.

    I was not in Praia de Luz that night and I do not know what happened to Madeleine McCann. I believe that probably she was dead within hours of her disappearance. No-one dare criticise the McCanns for fear of being labelled "a troll".

    One is entitled to ask why.


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