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Portuguese police scouring a reservoir in the Madeleine McCann search have been told they are to “stand down” at 4pm today. This likely signals the end of the search in the Barragem do Arade area by the National Republican Guard (GNR), 30 miles from Praia da Luz, where the then-three-year-old vanished in 2007.

A source said: “The GNR has received instructions to stand down at 4pm local time.” The GNR is one of the two Portuguese police forces which have been scouring the reservoir and surrounding area. 

At present, it is unclear as to the plans of the other force, the Policia Judiciaria.

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