POLICE probing the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal have been overwhelmed by the response to a fresh appeal on TV.
Police were deluged with calls after the appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme on Monday night.
Officers suggested the 2007 case bore hallmarks of a pre-planned abduction and may have included a “reconnaissance” mission by the abductors.
Scotland Yard said it was also looking into possible links to burglaries and bogus charity collections in the area.
Detectives released two e-fits of a man seen carrying a child in Praia da Luz at 10pm on the night Madeleine went missing and it was revealed that Madeleine's mother returned to the apartment to check on her children at around the same time.
Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, was three years old when she disappeared from her parents' holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3 2007.
A man seen by the McCanns' friend Jane Tanner at 9.15pm is now thought to be an innocent British holiday-maker collecting his two-year-old daughter from a nearby creche.