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British authorities have refuted a claim made on Sky News regarding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, challenging the assertions put forth by former political campaigner Ken Ralphs. Ralphs alleged that a week before Madeleine’s 2007 disappearance, he informed the police about Christian Brueckner, the German suspect in the case. According to Ralphs, Brueckner had allegedly attempted to recruit a mutual friend to find a child for a childless couple.

Ralphs further claimed that upon learning about Madeleine’s disappearance, he traveled to the Workington police station in the UK, where he reported his knowledge. He asserted that he made the police aware of a “secret” map leading to the location of his mutual friend, who was said to be residing in remote woodlands in southwestern Portugal. This information, Ralphs claimed, was then forwarded to the authorities in Portugal, told Daily Express.

However, Cumbria Constabulary has poured cold water on these allegations, stating that there is no record on their systems of information related to the case being provided to the police in Workington.

In an interview with Sky News, Ralphs explained that he initially rejected the notion of kidnapping for ransom but was told by Brueckner that he had a German couple lined up as potential buyers. Ralphs also shared that he made a statement to the British police, and when questioned by the local police in Portugal (GNR), he was assured that if needed, he would be contacted. However, no contact was made over the years.

Christian Brueckner was identified as the main suspect in the Madeleine McCann case in 2022, though he has not been arrested or charged in connection with her disappearance. Brueckner is scheduled to stand trial next month, facing unrelated allegations of five additional sex crimes. Presently, he is serving a prison sentence in Germany for the rape of a 72-year-old woman, with court documents indicating an alleged abduction of another child just days before Madeleine’s disappearance. The complexities surrounding the case continue to unfold as legal proceedings progress.

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