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New hope for Madeleine McCann's parents

Gerry McCann says he believes there is a chance she will still be found.

Gerry McCann

Six years after she vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal, the father of Madeleine McCann says he remains optimistic she will be found.

- Julian Druker reports:

Gerry McCann said he and wife Kate will not accept their daughter is dead until they see evidence otherwise.

"Clearly we're encouraged. There is new evidence, and the appeals will hopefully lead to further new evidence."

His comments come ahead of a new televised appeal, with the family saying they're encouraged by new evidence in the case.

Met Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said: “Just to be clear, we are focused on the appeal on Crimewatch next week which we hope will produce new witnesses. It is clearly too early to speculate about where this will lead.

“It remains vital for us, and the success of the appeal, that the public are focused on new facts that can be released by the investigative team rather than speculation.”

According to a report in the Sunday Mirror, a barrister has told police how someone boasted to him that he had spotted the girl just weeks ago.