Madeleine McCann: Police Quiz British Expat Gardener

Madeleine McCann: Police Quiz British Expat Gardener

Madeleine McCann police have interviewed a British expat over his movements on the night the three-year-old went missing seven years ago.

The Sunday People reports that the self-employed gardener still lives in the Algarve region of Portugal, and had worked near the resort where Madeleine's parents were staying in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

He said he was re-interviewed by British and Portuguese officers in Faro, Portugal, last Wednesday after originally giving a statement and a mouth swab in 2007.

He told the newspaper he strongly denied any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance.

The interview focused around his movements between the crucial hours of 7pm and 9.30pm on the night Madeleine vanished.

Her parents had left her sleeping while they had dinner a short distance away and raised the alarm at 10pm when they realised she was missing.

According to the People, he told the original Portuguese probe he had been at a bar in the McCanns' resort and left at 7pm to have a shower, before returning at 9.30pm and staying for two hours.

Last week it was reported that a British man and woman are among seven people due to be questioned over the girl's disappearance.

Scotland Yard hasn't commented on the latest claim.

The development comes 16 months after Scotland Yard opened a fresh investigation into the three-year-old's disappearance from her parents' holiday apartment in the Ocean Club resort.

Despite dozens of leads and suspects, which saw both British and Portuguese police reopen their investigations last year, detectives have still not made a breakthrough.