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Madeleine McCann suspect ‘dug cellar under shed on another German allotment’, neighbours say



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Former neighbours of the prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case have reportedly said he dug a 10ft cellar at a second German allotment.

Maddie McCann went missing from a hotel room in Portugal in 2007 and last month German authorities revealed that they had identified a 43-year-old citizen as a suspect in the case, known as Christian B.

Police investigating the disappearance of the British three-year-old have been searching a garden plot in Seelze on the outskirts of Hannover this week in connection with the 13-year-old case.

Detectives reportedly found a hidden cellar underneath a cabin at the plot, where the prime suspect allegedly live in 2007.

Germany police officers remove a container during a search at an allotment garden plot in Seelze (AP)

But now the neighbours of a different plot in the town of Braunschweig have claimed that Christian B also used to stay there overnight while he ran a kiosk in Hannover.

This second plot is apparently just 40 miles away from the one which police are currently excavating.

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Maddie disappeared in 2007

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Kate and Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared from a holiday flat in Portugal ten years ago, during an interview with the BBC’s Fiona Bruce at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough

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Screen grabbed image taken from the Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page of a message from Madeleine McCann’s parents, Gerry and Kate, who has described the tenth anniversary of her daughter’s disappearance as a “horrible marker of time, stolen time”

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The Ocean Club in Praia Da Luz where Madeleine McCann disappeared

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Kate and Gerry McCann with a computer image of how their missing daughter Madeleine might look

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Madeleine McCann: Disappeared in 2007 aged three

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Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, who has revealed that British detectives working on the Madeleine McCann case are still pursuing “critical” leads as the 10th anniversary of her disappearance approaches

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Kate and Gerry McCann before a charity run in London

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The Ocean Club which is next to Apartment 5A in Praia Da Luz in Portugal, where Madeline McCann went missing

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Kate and Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared from a holiday flat in Portugal ten years ago, during an interview with the BBC’s Fiona Bruce at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough

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Kate McCann speaks to press at a Lisbon court last year

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Kate and Gerry return home from Portugal in 2007

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A general view of the coastline in Praia Da Luz in Portugal, where Madeline McCann went missing

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Police in Portugal comb the Algarve resort after Madeleine disappeared in 2007

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Kate and Gerry McCann pictured shortly after Maddie went missing

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Kate McCann cries during a 2008 TV appearance

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Maddie in an Everton shirt

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A general view of Church of Nossa Senhora da Luz in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, close to where Madeline McCann went missing

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Members of Scotland Yard dig at an area during the search for missing British girl Madeleine McCann in Praia da Luz, near Lagos on 07 June 2014

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Kate McCann and Gerry McCann speak to press after being cleared of being formal suspects

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A poster is shown whilst Kate and Gerry McCann give a press conference in 2012 about their missing daughter Madeline McCann

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Kate and Gerry pictured five years after Maddie went missing

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The Ocean Club which is next to Apartment 5A in Praia Da Luz in Portugal, where Madeline McCann went missing

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Maddie’s parents in an interview with Crimewatch

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A scene from a Crimewatch reconstruction

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Maddie disappeared in 2007

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Kate and Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared from a holiday flat in Portugal ten years ago, during an interview with the BBC’s Fiona Bruce at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough

PA

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Screen grabbed image taken from the Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page of a message from Madeleine McCann’s parents, Gerry and Kate, who has described the tenth anniversary of her daughter’s disappearance as a “horrible marker of time, stolen time”

PA

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The Ocean Club in Praia Da Luz where Madeleine McCann disappeared

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Kate and Gerry McCann with a computer image of how their missing daughter Madeleine might look

Reuters

6/25 Maddie disappeared in 2007

Madeleine McCann: Disappeared in 2007 aged three

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Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, who has revealed that British detectives working on the Madeleine McCann case are still pursuing “critical” leads as the 10th anniversary of her disappearance approaches

PA

8/25 Kate and Gerry McCann

Kate and Gerry McCann before a charity run in London

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The Ocean Club which is next to Apartment 5A in Praia Da Luz in Portugal, where Madeline McCann went missing

PA

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Kate and Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared from a holiday flat in Portugal ten years ago, during an interview with the BBC’s Fiona Bruce at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough

PA

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Kate McCann speaks to press at a Lisbon court last year

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12/25 Kate and Gerry McCann with their children

Kate and Gerry return home from Portugal in 2007

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A general view of the coastline in Praia Da Luz in Portugal, where Madeline McCann went missing

PA

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Police in Portugal comb the Algarve resort after Madeleine disappeared in 2007

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Kate and Gerry McCann pictured shortly after Maddie went missing

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Kate McCann cries during a 2008 TV appearance

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Maddie in an Everton shirt

Everton FC/PA

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A general view of Church of Nossa Senhora da Luz in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, close to where Madeline McCann went missing

PA

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Members of Scotland Yard dig at an area during the search for missing British girl Madeleine McCann in Praia da Luz, near Lagos on 07 June 2014

Reuters

20/25 Kate and Gerry McCann

Kate McCann and Gerry McCann speak to press after being cleared of being formal suspects

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A poster is shown whilst Kate and Gerry McCann give a press conference in 2012 about their missing daughter Madeline McCann

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Kate and Gerry pictured five years after Maddie went missing

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The Ocean Club which is next to Apartment 5A in Praia Da Luz in Portugal, where Madeline McCann went missing

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Maddie’s parents in an interview with Crimewatch

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A scene from a Crimewatch reconstruction

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According to MailOnline, owners of the adjoining gardens in Braunschweig said Christian B used to work in a shed there.

The publication reported one neighbour said Christian B dug a “10ft deep and 20ft wide” hole that “took him two months to complete”.

Madeleine McCann investigators finish search of allotment in Germany

Another neighbour is reported to have predicted “police will come soon and start digging up the garden to for traces of Madeleine McCann”.

Sabine Sellig, the current plot owner, told local media last month that she had called the police following the original appeal for information about Christian B.

The suspect is currently in prison in Germany. It is believed he lived on the Seelze allotment the same year Madeleine went missing.

Police are using excavators, sniffer dogs, shovels and rakes to investigate the area of land (AP)

Police this week used excavators, sniffer dogs, shovels and rakes to investigate an area of land.

Officers put up two tents and continued to dig even further into the ground after they had cut down trees and bushes earlier this week.

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A spokeswoman for the Braunschweig prosecutor’s office confirmed the investigation on the Seelze site was connected to their inquiry regarding Madeleine.

But prosecutors did not say what exactly the investigators were looking for.

At the garden plot, officers removed parts of the foundation of a former cabin from the ground that once stood there.

According to local newspaper HAZ, they have discovered and searched a cellar underneath the old structure.

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