THE CCTV SUSPECTS Missing Madeleine McCann could have been snatched by two men and a woman in a British car, police believe. The three suspects were caught on CCTV at a petrol station near Praia da Luz, where the tot vanished last Thursday - raising fears she was kidnapped to order by a gang of perverts. And a witness last night told detectives he was certain one of the trio was the same man who took photos of his daughter on a nearby beach three days earlier.
A police source said: "This CCTV footage from the garage was fed into the investigation after a worker there expressed suspicions about the way the people were acting.
"We have a witness who claims he recognises those people from an alleged incident a few days earlier.
"The man took a picture of the suspect on his mobile phone, we are looking at that.
"Unfortunately, the lens was partially obscured by his finger, but it could prove useful." The Portuguese witness, who lives in Germany, told officers the suspect fled in a car with another man and a woman after the incident on Sagres beach, 16 miles from Praia da Luz.Staff at the petrol station called police after a "foreign-looking" blonde in her 40s came in with a child matching Madeleine's description. Witnesses said she tried to make the girl say thank you in Portuguese, but she refused and looked uncomfortable. The child was not visible on the footage, but the number plate was yellow and black - as in Britain.
A man who fled with a blonde woman after photographing young girls, a few days before Madeleine vanished, drove a car with British number plates. They might be the same "British" couple caught on CCTV at a petrol station at Lagos, near Praia da Luz, hours after the abduction.
Accounts about the petrol station CCTV images vary - but the latest version suggests that a blonde woman who was in her 40s and not Portuguese was seen with two men in the petrol station before leaving in a car with British number plates.
The footage is reportedly being shown to every new witness who comes forward with information and the 24 Horas newspaper suggested yesterday that a witness who spotted a foreign man - possibly British and accompanied by a British woman - photographing his daughter in Sagres, also near Praia, identified one of the men on the CCTV as the photographer
An earlier account of the petrol station had a woman with a girl fitting Madeleine's description.
The woman was said to be urging the little girl to say "thank you" to staff but the child appeared reluctant.
CCTV of a woman and two men with a girl matching Madeleine's description at a nearby petrol station is being analysed. Their car had British number plates.
Sky News understands that the man who forms part of the couple has dark skin and dark, collar-length hair with a middle parting. He is 1.75m tall. He speaks English, has small glasses and was wearing a white shirt and beige trousers.
The woman is slightly shorter with long, blonde hair. She speaks English. (Wig again?)
The other man is tall, well built, middle aged with a full face. He has straight, collar-length dark hair and was scruffy and unshaven, with greying stubble. He also speaks English, was carrying a military-style backpack and was wearing a shirt with jeans and waistcoat.
So what we have, two man two men and a woman in a British car and they all spoke english. Woman was foreign-looking" blonde in her 40s came. Another men was quite short/dark skin/small classes and another one was tall, well built with a full face.
Witness who spotted a foreign man - possibly British and accompanied by a British woman - photographing his daughter in Sagres, also near Praia, identified one of the men on the CCTV as the photographer. (1st Key Sighting)