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Haunting last footage of Madeleine McCann boarding a plane to Portugal

Haunting footage emerged today of Madeleine McCann with a rucksack getting on board the plane that took her on holiday to Portugal where she vanished.

The mobile phone videos of the three-year-old girl walking onto a flight at East Midlands Airport and on an airport bus in the Algarve were taken in April 2017.

The clips were first released by Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, four weeks after she went missing in Praia da Luz.

But they were not widely circulated and have since reappeared in a new eight-part Netflix documentary about the girl filmed without the co-operation of the McCanns. 

Another video also taken in April 2017 shows Madeleine on an airport bus in the Algarve

Another video also taken in April 2017 shows Madeleine on an airport bus in the Algarve

The clips taken on April 28 show Madeleine clutching her Barbie rucksack and holding hands with another girl as she gets on board the flight to Faro Airport.

The McCanns travelled to the Algarve with Madeleine, her brother Sean, sister Amelie, and a group of friends. Madeleine disappeared five days later.

The documentary looks at theories about the case, including the idea that she was snatched to order by a people-trafficking gang and smuggled to another country.

Investigator Julian Peribanez, who worked for the McCanns as a private detective, said that a white, middle-class child would have been valuable to such a gang.

Netflix said its show included ‘never-before-heard testimonies from those at the heart of the story’, including the McCanns’ friends, and former investigators.

Madeleine McCann is pictured in a still from a mobile phone video walking onto a flight at East Midlands Airport in April 2017. Five days later she disappeared and has never been found

Madeleine McCann is pictured in a still from a mobile phone video walking onto a flight at East Midlands Airport in April 2017. Five days later she disappeared and has never been found

Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann, both now 51,  leave a court in Lisbon after giving statements in their case against Portuguese police officer Goncalo Amaral in July 2014

Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann, both now 51,  leave a court in Lisbon after giving statements in their case against Portuguese police officer Goncalo Amaral in July 2014

Several people reported possible sightings of a child being carried through the streets on the night she vanished, but none have ever been confirmed as her.

Madeleine vanished from Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007 while on holiday

Madeleine vanished from Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007 while on holiday

A friend of Kate and Gerry McCann, Jane Tanner, described seeing a man carrying a child wrapped in a blanket near the family’s rented apartment.

Businessman George Burke also recalled a ‘vicious-looking’ couple carrying a child in nearby Lagos, hours after Madeleine vanished.

Her parents, now 51, have endured almost 12 years of speculation since Madeleine’s disappearance, and refused to take part in the documentary.

They did not believe it would help their hunt for Madeleine, and ‘could potentially hinder’ the UK investigation.

Programme-makers took two years to interview key figures, including the first Briton quizzed over the disappearance. The Portuguese detective in charge, Goncalo Amaral, has told the documentary he still doubts the McCanns.

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine work in Praia da Luz in June 2014

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine work in Praia da Luz in June 2014

Scotland Yard's £11.75million investigation, Operation Grange, was launched after the Portuguese inquiry ended. The Madeleine McCann incident room is pictured in October 2013

Scotland Yard’s £11.75million investigation, Operation Grange, was launched after the Portuguese inquiry ended. The Madeleine McCann incident room is pictured in October 2013

He and the family have been locked in a legal row over his extraordinary claims that Madeleine died in her family’s apartment and that her abduction was faked.

Several people reported possible sightings of a child being carried through the streets on the night Madeleine vanished

Several people reported possible sightings of a child being carried through the streets on the night Madeleine vanished

Mr and Mrs McCann deny his allegations and sued him in the Portuguese courts. The programme also raises questions about the Portuguese investigation.

Robert Murat, the British expat first named by police in Portugal as a suspect or ‘arguido’ – but is no longer being probed – feared he had been ‘set up’. 

Madeleine’s parents were also named as arguidos but cleared when the probe ended. 

Mr and Mrs McCann said: ‘We did not see – and still do not see – how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, it could potentially hinder it.’

Scotland Yard’s £11.75million investigation, Operation Grange, was launched after the Portuguese inquiry ended. Last year it was given £150,000 to allow it to continue until the end of this month.

The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann is available on Netflix from today

How the disappearance of Maddie McCann has unfolded over 11 years

2007

May 3: Gerry and Kate McCann leave their three children, including Maddie, asleep in their hotel apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, as they eat with friends in a nearby restaurant. When they return, they find Maddie missing from her bed

May 4: A friend of the McCanns reports of seeing a man carrying a child away in the night.  Meanwhile, airports and borders are put on high alert as search gets underway

May 14: Robert Mural, a property developer who lives a few yards from the hotel, is made a suspect by Portuguese police

May 30: The McCanns meet the Pope in Rome in a bid to bring worldwide attention to the search

August 11: Police in Portugal acknowledge for the first time in the investigation that Maddie might be dead. 

September 7: Spanish police make the McCanns official suspects in the disappearance. Two days later the family flies back to England

2008

July 21: Spanish police remove the McCanns and Mr Mural as official suspects as the case is shelved

2009

May 1: A computer-generated image of what Maddie could look like two years after she disappeared is released by the McCanns 

2011

May 12: A review into the disappearance is launched by Scotland Yard, following a plea from then-Home Secretary Theresa May 

2012

April 25: After a year of reviewing the case, Scotland Yard announce they belief that Maddie could be alive and call on police in Portugal to reopen the case, but it falls on deaf ears amid ‘a lack of new evidence’

Kate and Gerry McCann mark the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine with the publication of the book written by her mother in 2011

Kate and Gerry McCann mark the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine with the publication of the book written by her mother in 2011

2013

July 4: Scotland Yard opens new investigation and claim to have identified 38 ‘people of interest’

October 24: A review into the investigation is opened by Portuguese police and new lines of inquiry are discovered, forcing them to reopen the case

2014

January 29: British officers arrive in Portugal as a detailed investigation takes place. During the year, several locations are searched, including an area of scrubland near the resort 

2015

October 28: British police announce that team investigating Maddie’s disappearance is reduced from 29 officers to just four, as it is also revealed that the investigation has cost £10million 

2016

April 3: Operation Grange is handed an additional £95,000 by Theresa May to keep the investigation alive for another six months  

2017

March 11: Cash is once again pumped into keeping the investigation alive, with £85,000 granted to keep it running until September, when it is extended once again until April next year

2018

March 27: The Home Office reveals it has allocated further funds to Operation Grange. The new fund is believed to be as large as £150,000

September 11: Parents fear as police hunt into daughter’s disappearance could be shelved within three weeks by the new Home Secretary amid funding cuts

September 26: Fresh hope in the search for Madeleine McCann as it emerges the Home Office is considering allocating more cash for the police to find her

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