Duarte Levy..

Freelance journalist

DC Ferguson interviews Matthew Oldfield… with “Technical problems”

– Can someone offer the Leicestershire police a high quality video camera?

– One that actually works please?

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I am Detective Constable 4078 FERGUSON of the Leicestershire Constabulary currently stationed on the Major Crime Unit and engaged on enquiries on Operation Task.
At 10:19 hours on Wednesday 9th April 2008 I was present at an interview suite at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters when I commenced a recorded interview with the witness Matthew OLDFIELD. The interview ceased at 11:22 hours.
This interview was recorded onto DVD and a master copy and a working copy were produced.
I produce the master copy of this DVD as exhibit reference S.V.F.115 and the working copy as exhibit reference S.V.F.116
I have had the opportunity to read and check through a transcript made of this interview and I produce the transcript of the interview as exhibit reference S.V.F.116A
At 11:54 hours on Wednesday 9th April 2008 I was present at an interview suite at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters when I commenced a recorded interview with the witness Matthew OLDFIELD. The interview ceased at 13:08 hours.
This interview was recorded onto DVD and a master copy and a working copy were produced.
I produce the master copy of this DVD as exhibit reference S.V.F.117 and the working copy as exhibit reference S.V.F.118
I have had the opportunity to read and check through a transcript made of this interview and I produce the transcript of the interview as exhibit reference S.V.F.118A.
At 14:14 hours on Wednesday 9th April 2008 I was present at an interview suite at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters when I commenced a recorded interview with the witness Matthew OLDFIELD. The interview ceased at 14:51 hours.
This interview was recorded onto DVD and a master copy and a working copy were produced. (Page 1)
I produce the master copy of this DVD as exhibit reference S.V.F.119 and the working copy as exhibit reference S.V.F.120
Technical problems were experienced during this interview and no data was recorded.
At 15:18 hours on Wednesday 9th April 2008 I was present at an interview suite at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters when I commenced a recorded interview with the witness Matthew OLDFIELD. The interview ceased at 15:38 hours.
This interview was recorded onto DVD and a master copy and a working copy were produced.
I produce the master copy of this DVD as exhibit reference S.V.F.121 and the working copy as exhibit reference S.V.F.122
I have had the opportunity to read and check through a transcript made of this interview and I produce the transcript of the interview as exhibit reference S.V.F.122A.
During this interview process the witness Matthew OLDFIELD marked on a copy of exhibit D.M.2 (a plan of the area) which is now produced as exhibit reference M.O.1.
Later the same day I returned to Barunstone Police Station where I placed all of the discs for the interviews and exhibit M.O.1 into a secure store.
At 15:10 hours on Monday 14th April 2008 I it out of the secure store and handed exhibit M.O.1 to exhibits officer 7383 CRAVEN.
At 15:50 hours on Monday 14th April 2008 I handed exhibits S.V.F.115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121 and 122 to exhibits officer 7383 CRAVEN having taken them out of the secure store.
AT 8:15 hours on 8th May 2008 I took exhibits S.V.F.116, S.V.F.118 and S.V.F.122 from Exhibits Officer CRAVEN and retained possession of them until 09:00am on Friday 9th May 2008 when I returned them to Exhibits Officer CRAVEN.
This statement is made by myself and is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Signed:    S FERGUSON

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McCann: The operation charms

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“New year, New Life.”

In Portugal, as the start of each new calendar year is marked, the Portuguese, the eternal sardine munchers – as they were described by a few xenophobic British commentators – have the habit of using, along with best wishes, a typical expression: “New year, new life,” which in French can be translated as “nouvelle anneé, nouvelle vie (*)” An expression the McCann’s probably learned from their Portuguese lawyers, not forgetting their Social Democrat friends.

Meanwhile, the recent visit to Portugal by Madeleine McCann’s father is the epitome of a new kind of charm offensive which has allowed the couple to open “hostilities”: after being in agreement with their seven British friends not to participate in the reconstruction of the events and actions of the night of May 3rd, the couple have allegedly found the willingness to cooperate with the Portuguese authorities, stating that they are convinced that there are still things that could be done in the investigation into their daughter’s disappearance.

Reassuring the Portuguese media that there would be no legal action against them, while in London he was succeeding, once again, in making a British daily back down – forcing another “contribution,” to the Madeleine fund – Gerry McCann announced, in preparation for Kate’s next visit, that it was the first of many visits.

Arriving at Faro airport on January 13th, Gerry McCann stayed on Portuguese territory for twenty-two hours in order to meet, according to his spokesman, the couple’s lawyer and the British Ambassador to Lisbon.

A “surprise” visit, announced in advance by several British and Portuguese media, who say that the year 2009, in terms of communication and image, would bring a few surprises.

Action – Reaction.

Amongst the new resolutions adopted by the McCann’s, always very aware of what is being said on the internet (blogs and forums) and in the media, we find the motto “action – reaction”, evidenced in the recent “disclosure” of accounts for the fund created after the disappearance of Madeleine’s body.

After the use of money from the Madeleine fund to pay Kate and Gerry McCann’s expenses, without any direct connection to the hunt for Maddie, was touched upon by a Portuguese television channel (TVI), number one in the ratings, the couple’s advisers reacted immediately, producing a summary of the accounts which explain nothing about the real use of the money. Some might even say that this reaction was designed to “pull the rug from under” foreign journalists, because, in the United Kingdom few still have the opportunity to doubt or to question the couple’s good intentions, as can be deduced from the few articles published about the accounts.

In the United Kingdom, in spite of the restrictions imposed by the editors-in-chief and the huge sums paid without any kind of legal proceedings, some still happen to be writing about the McCann’s.

425782694According to a British tabloid, after 21 months “of agony” Kate McCann is allegedly “obsessed with the search for her daughter,” spending three hours a day reading documents in the hope that they could answer the question: “where has our Madeleine gone?”

The very title of the article sets the tone: “Inside the mind of Kate McCann”. The journalist doesn’t explain how he managed such a feat (getting into such a “tortured” mind), but it is certain that the PJ would be interested to learn the technique which might lead them to find out the answers to the questions that Kate McCann refused to answer, notably this one: what did Kate McCann do on the afternoon and evening of May 3rd 2007.

According to this article – an integral part of the McCann’s’ new marketing campaign in the British press – Kate spends a significant amount of her time reading the thousands of pages of the 17 volumes of the investigation into her daughter’s disappearance, the same documents which a few days ago, her husband and the couple’s spokesman, said were still in the process of being translated, but “where there was no evidence.”

Again, according to this tabloid, after Madeleine’s disappearance, Kate McCann left her job as a general practitioner and while “the twins Sean and Amelia enjoy playing with their friends at nursery,” she devotes her time to “digging up clues that would lead her to her daughter.”

The article recounts a few more details of that surprising “visit”, without, however, providing answers to the investigators’ questions….we wonder what that journalist has been doing “inside the mind of Kate McCann.” It is probably for lack of response that the tabloid changed the title of the article.

Three months away from the second anniversary of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, the McCann’s’ new public charm campaign has well and truly started and other similar articles are to be expected from the British press.

Duarte Levy

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Jane Tanner – Record Of Tape Recorded Interview VII

4078    “Right.  It is now nineteen thirty on the evening of April the eighth two thousand and eight.  I am DC Sophie FERGUSON from Leicestershire Major Crime Unit.  And you are?”
Reply    “Jane TANNER”.
4078    “And Jane this is our seventh interview today and the purpose of this interview is just to clarify some points in relation to a sequence of events that was drawn up, it is a timeline, in effect, of the events that happened on Thursday May the third two thousand and seven.  Firstly, I mean, I don’t know what format you may have seen this in before”.
Reply    “Umm”.
4078    “How did this come about?”

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Jane Tanner – Record Of Tape Recorded Interview VI

4078    “Okay it’s now seventeen forty two on the evening of the eighth of April, two thousand and eight, I’m DC FERGUSON from Major Crime Unit and you are
Reply    “Jane TANNER”.
4078    “Lovely, we’ve done I think five interviews now today and the purpose of this interview which should be the final interview, circumstances permitting, it’s just to ask a couple of sort of relatively remote questions.  When you relieved Russell”.
Reply    “That’s got another head line”.
4078    “Do you remember which, do you remember which door Russell left your apartment by when he left after you’d taken over the care of Evie”?
Reply    “I don’t but I would, I’m fairly sure it was the road side one, I would have thought it would be the, the road side one cos we didn’t really use, I don’t know, I would say the road side one but I can’t remember”.
4078    “That would be your guess”?

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Jane Tanner – Record Of Tape Recorded Interview V

4078    “Right it’s sixteen twenty nine and it’s the afternoon of Tuesday the eighth of April in the year two thousand and eight. This I think is our fifth interview and I’m DC Sophie FERGUSON from the Major Crime Unit and you are?”
Reply    “I’m Jane TANNER.”
4078    “Thank you Jane. We’ll carry on, well I say from where we left off, we won’t, we’ll go over some things that I want to just clarify with you.”
Reply    “Mm.”
4078    “Firstly, the (inaudible) label should be attached to your plan that you’ve drawn which we refer to now as JT one, so can I just ask you to sign that please there. And whist we’re talking about plans, this is a copy of exhibit reference DM two, that refers to whoever it is that’s drawn it, it’s their initials. Now we spoke about where you were, sorry where Gerry and Gez were when you saw them.”
Reply    “Mm.”
4078    “If you just take a moment to get your bearings on that.”

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