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Madeleine McCann latest news: Neighbours fear ‘German Maddie’ could be buried in cellar of second plot in Braunschweig

The neighbours of the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann fear a young girl known as ‘the German Maddie’ could be buried on land he once owned in Braunschweig.

Christian B was quizzed but never charged over the disappearance of five-year-old Inga Gehricke, who vanished from a nearby forest during a family barbecue.

The 43-year-old lived at the small garden house in from 2013 to 2016, with neighbours claiming he lifted floorboards to access a 20ft cellar and fear he may have hidden Inga’s body there.

The current tenant of the home, tour guide Sabina Sellag, is said to be in “such a panic” that she has been sleeping outside.

The emergence of a second plot came on the same day that cops ended their probe of a first allotment in Hanover.

Investigators dug up an allotment where Christian B is believed to have once lived in a caravan for a short while between 2007 and 2008.

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CHRISTIAN B BURIED USB STICKS ‘FILLED WITH CHILD ABUSE IMAGES’

The main suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann buried USB sticks filled with child abuse images alongside his dead dog, reports say.

The stash was reportedly found when police searched the site of an abandoned box factory where the alleged killer is known to have stayed in his caravan.

The spot is only 48 miles away from the remote village of Neuwegersleben, where the abandoned box factory is situated.

In February 2016, more than 100 officers took part in a search of the site in search of Gehricke’s body, German tabloid Bild reported.

No body was uncovered, but police did dig up 8,000 pieces of potential evidence relating to other crimes and thought to have been buried by Christian B.

Among that evidence is reported to a cache of child abuse images stored on a number of USB sticks which had been buried under a pile of animal bones.

Christian B was prosecuted in relation to the images.

OPERATION GRANGE APPEAL

Detectives in London leading enquiries into the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann received hundreds of emails and calls after an updated appeal for information on her

disappearance.

Officers leading the Met’s investigation, known as Operation Grange, made a public appeal on June 3, “linked to a significant new line of enquiry.

“Met detectives working with German authorities have identified a man currently imprisoned in Germany as a suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance.

“This man is white and in 2007 is believed to have had short blond hair, possibly fair.

“He was about 6ft in height with a slim build. He is 43-years-old, but in 2007 may have looked between 25 to early 30s.”

The prime suspect has since been named in the media as Christian B.

“We have established that he lived on and off in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007.

“He is connected to the area of Praia da Luz and surrounding regions, and spent some short spells in Germany,” the unit said.

Operation Grange team revealed details of two vehicles in which Christian B is known to have had access to and used around the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.

The first vehicle is a distinctive VW T3 Westfalia campervan. It is an early 1980s model, with two tone markings, a white upper body and a yellow skirting. It had a Portuguese registration plate.

Christian B “had access to this van from at least April 2007 until sometime after May 2007. It was used in and around the area of Praia da Luz.

“We believe he was living in this van for days, possibly weeks, and may have been using it on 3 May 2007,” the investigators added.

The second vehicle is a 1993 British Jaguar, model XJR 6, with a German number plate and registered in Germany.

This car is believed to have been in the Praia da Luz and surrounding areas in 2006 and 2007.

WOMAN ‘BEGGED POLICE’ TO SEARCH SECOND PLOT

The woman who uses a second plot linked to Christian B, Sabine Sellig, has urged police to come and search the site.

Her friend Thomas Tager told The Sun: “She is terrified.

“She has begged police to come with search dogs.

“She said to me ‘I’m worried I am sleeping on a dead body’.”

It’s been reported by Bild that Christian B. leased a second garden plot, in Braunschweig.

He is said to have rented it from the Kennelblick Allotment Garden Association from

October 2013 until April 2016.

The association’s boss, Juergen Kruimstoh, told The Sun he remembered Christian B when he frequented the site.

He said Christian B paid just £50 a year to rent the entire allotment – and he “never had a cross word” with him.

Recalling he owned a Mercedes sprinter van and had two dogs, Mr Kruimstoh told The Sun:

“His departure from here in 2016 was strange.

“He gave me notice in the afternoon, got into his packed, small car, and after that I never heard from him again.

“Naturally there is a good deal of speculation about whether the police want to dig here like they have been doing in Hanover.”

CHRISTIAN B REQUESTS PAROLE

Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B has submitted another request for parole.

It’s been lodged days after he withdrew his last application for early freedom, claiming he had ”lost confidence” in the judicial system.

The 43-year-old convicted rapist and paedophile’s fresh bid comes as cops searched a secret cellar underneath an allotment he leased in Hanover – and could swoop on a second

plot rented in Braunschweig.

Christian B was eligible for release in June after serving two-thirds of a 21-month sentence for drugs trafficking.

But his lawyer Friedrich Fulscher pulled that application saying he had no faith in the court as it was the same one that had convicted his client of rape.

Last night Fulscher, who has refused to speak with British media, told German news outlets he had resubmitted the request but at the court in Kiel where Christian B is currently jailed.

He added: ”This court is now the one responsible and will look at our application.”

For the full story, see HERE.

CHRISTIAN B’S LAWYER BLASTS DIG AS ‘PURE DESPERATION’

The lawyer of Madeleine McCann prime suspect Christian B has blasted as “an act of pure desperation” searches of his client’s former allotment.

Friedrich Fülscher goaded cops and prosecutors in their bid to the nail 43-year-old paedo for killing Madeleine saying they’ve “backed the wrong horse”.

Fülscher insisted the search of old allotment plot in Hanover this week, which uncovered a secret cellar beneath the earth, was an elaborate show to revive interest in the investigation. 

“The site has been known by prosecutors for years,” he said.

“It is an act of pure desperation by them to appear to be working on it now. 

“It seems the public prosecutors office are finding it hard to admit they have backed the wrong horse.”

GERMAN POLICE END GARDEN SEARCH IN MADDIE INVESTIGATION

German police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine have ended their search of a garden plot on the outskirts of Hannover, northern Germany.

The investigators left Wednesday evening, a spokeswoman for the Braunschweig prosecutor’s office said. She didn’t give any further details on the specific motive for the search or whether police found anything related to their investigation.

Police started started searching the garden on Monday, but prosecutors only said that the activities on the site were connected to their investigation.

Madeleine was 3 at the time of her 2007 disappearance from an apartment while her family vacationed in the seaside town of Praia da Luz in Portugals Algarve region.

German authorities said last month they had identified a 43-year-old German citizen as a suspect in the case and are investigating him on suspicion of murder.

SECOND CELLAR FOUND ON SECOND SITE

Christian B dug a 10ft cellar at a second German allotment which could be searched by police for traces of the missing youngster, neighbours say.

The allotment is some 40 miles away from the first dig site in the outskirts of Braunschweig.

The suspect used to stay overnight at the plot from August 2013 to April 2016 while he ran a kiosk in the city.

A neighbour claimed that he dug out a cellar at the bottom of the garden house.

Manfred Richter, 80, told The Mirror: “He excavated the floor of the house.

“He took out the rocks and the earth.

“He dug a big hole.

“It was 10ft deep and 20ft wide.

“He carried out the rocks and earth by hand and dumped it out by the front of the house.

“He put put planks of wood over the top of the hole.

“It took him two months to complete.”

GARDEN OWNER SAID HE “NEVER HAD A CROSS WORD”

Local gardening association boss, Juergen Kruimstoh said Christian B paid £50 a year to rent the entire allotment in Hanover years ago.

Mr Kruimstoh said he “never had a cross word” with Christian B.

Recalling he owned a Mercedes sprinter van and had two dogs, Mr Kruimstoh told The Sun: “I was

shocked when I suddenly saw his picture while searching for Maddie in the spring.

“His departure from here in 2016 was strange.

“He gave me notice in the afternoon, got into his packed, small car, and after that I never heard from him again.

“Naturally there is a good deal of speculation about whether the police want to dig here like they have been doing in Hanover.”

CHRISTIAN B’S HANOVER CONNECTION

An allotment being searched in Germany’s Hanover is an hour’s drive from the town of Braunschweig, the last fixed home of Christian B.

The public prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig told The Sun Online the forensic investigation was linked to the probe into Madeleine, who vanished in Portugal 13 years ago.

Christian B, 43, was identified last month as being the prime suspect in her abduction.

German police have repeatedly said with confidence they know Madeleine in dead, and they believe Christian B is their man.

He settled in Hanover in 2010 after leaving Portugal, and began living in a caravan while working in a car repair shop before being convicted of forgery of documents that same year.

Hanover’s district court sentenced Christian B for falsifying documents in 2010, and then three years later he was sentenced for a joint theft.

Christian B is a lifelong paedo who chased a fantasy playboy lifestyle to cover up his warped sex crimes, The Sun reported last month.

The German criminal was first convicted of abusing children aged 17 back in 1994 – a year before

he is believed to have moved to Portugal.

He moved to Braunschweig in 2014 and opened a kiosk in the city, which is around 40 miles from Hanover.

Staff at the kiosk recalled his bizarre and chilling behaviour.

A former neighbour of the career criminal said he was “often very aggressive”.

‘LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT’S NOT THERE’

The lawyer for prime suspect Christian B told The Sun that prosecutors are “desperately hunting for anything because they have nothing”.

Friedrich Fulscher insisted prosecutors are “wasting their time looking at my client”.

Referring to the secret cellar found at an allotment Christian B lived at on the outskirts of Hanover ten years ago, Mr Fulscher replied: “That was blind actionism. Nothing else. The reason for the investigators’ silence is that the action was unsuccessful.”

He added:”They are looking for something that is not there. It is an act of desperation by the prosecution and that has become increasingly obvious.

”They don’t want to admit they have bet on the wrong horse.”

‘BOARDED-UP WELL’ FOUND ON SUSPECT’S ALLOTMENT

Reporters at The Sun revealed they found what looked like a boarded-up well on Christian B’s former allotment.

The Braunschweig site is 40 miles from his Hanover plot where police found a cellar on Wednesday.

He and his girlfriend lived at a decrepit home in Braunschweig from 2013-16.

SUSPECT FILMED IN CAMPERVAN VID BEFORE DISAPPEARANCE

Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B shot a home video at the wheel of his battered VW campervan in 2007 – just weeks before before her disappearance.

German police believe the convicted rapist used it to kidnap the three-year-old.

Christian B can be seen laughing and joking as he consults a map in the van.

The convicted sex offender used the van to give three young German travellers a lift to Spain.

One of the backpackers, Tomas, told MailOnline: “It makes me sick to think that the little girl could have been taken away in the same van a month later.

“He seemed like any other ordinary young man. He was cheerful and joked a lot and happy to give us a ride in his VW van.

“He didn’t mind us filming him and taking his pictures. He was happy to pose and must have known we could never suspect what a terrible man he really was.

“It is scary to know now that he was a rapist of an elderly woman and targeted children. We couldn’t have known that he was such a monster in truth.”

SKIP UNEARTHS CHILD’S BUCKET

Police removed a huge skip-full of evidence for analysis from the allotment dig site before the search was called off yesterday.

The hidden cellar at the site in Seelze, Hanover used by the 43-year-old has remained untouched since Madeleine disappeared in 2007, locals say.

Pictures show the skip crammed with rubbish including rubble, gravel, a child’s bucket and old plates.

SECOND CELLAR FOUND ON SECOND SITE

Christian B dug a 10ft cellar at a second German allotment which could be searched by police for traces of the missing youngster, neighbours say.

The allotment is some 40 miles away from the first dig site in the outskirts of Braunschweig.

The suspect used to stay overnight at the plot from August 2013 to April 2016 while he ran a kiosk in the city.

A neighbour claimed that he dug out a cellar at the bottom of the garden house.

Manfred Richter, 80, told The Mirror: “He excavated the floor of the house.

“He took out the rocks and the earth.

“He dug a big hole.

“It was 10ft deep and 20ft wide.

“He carried out the rocks and earth by hand and dumped it out by the front of the house.

“He put put planks of wood over the top of the hole.

“It took him two months to complete.”

ALLOTMENT ABANDONED 2018

German news agency dpa reported that parts of the foundations of an old cabin that once stood on the Hanover allotment were removed during this week’s search.

A neighbour man told dpa the garden, where blackberry and a cherry tree grow, has not been used by anyone for the past two years.

Sky’s crime correspondent Martin Brunt, reporting from the scene, said that investigators dug a big hole, “around 15 metres long and 3-4ft deep”.

Forensics were later seen “sifting and raking through the piles of soil that have been tipped around the edge of that hole”, he added.

An excavator was then used to refill the hole.

WANTS ‘JUSTICE’

Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B has submitted another request for parole.

It’s been lodged days after he withdrew his application for early freedom, claiming he had ”lost confidence” in the judicial system.

The 43-year-old convicted rapist and paedophile’s fresh bid came as cops searched a secret cellar underneath an allotment he leased in Hanover – and could swoop on a second plot rented in Braunschweig.

Christian B was eligible for release in June after serving two-thirds of a 21-month sentence for drugs trafficking.

But his lawyer Friedrich Fulscher pulled that application saying he had no faith in the court that would consider the request as it was the same one that had convicted his client of rape.

Fulscher told German news outlets he had resubmitted the request but at the court in Kiel where Christian B is currently jailed.

He added:”This court is now the one responsible and will look at our application.”

For the full story see HERE.

CHRISTIAN B’S LAWYER BLASTS DIG AS ‘PURE DESPERATION’

The lawyer of Madeleine McCann prime suspect Christian B has blasted as “an act of pure desperation” searches of his client’s former allotment

Friedrich Fülscher goaded cops and prosecutors in their bid to the nail 43-year-old paedo for killing Madeleine saying they’ve “backed the wrong horse”.

Fülscher insisted the search of old allotment plot in Hanover this week, which uncovered a secret cellar beneath the earth, was an elaborate show to revive interest in the investigation. 

“The site has been known by prosecutors for years,” he said.

“It is an act of pure desperation by them to appear to be working on it now. 

“It seems the public prosecutors office are finding it hard to admit they have backed the wrong horse.”

COPS SEARCHING CELLARS FOR ‘EVIDENCE OF MURDER’

Police searching the cellars of Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B are looking for evidence of a murder and not just abduction, the editor of the Bild newspaper has claimed.

Cops in Germany have this week excavated an allotment known to have been used by the alleged killer, and are rumoured to be planning a search of a second.

Julian Reichelt, editor of German tabloid Bild, has claimed they are searching for evidence of a murder.

“What we are hearing from our sources is that they have moved into the direction of recovering and finding evidence that will make this a murder case clearly to everyone,” he told Good Morning Britain.

“The German investigation has declared this a murder case but so far it is completely unclear to the public how that is, what proof makes this a murder case and not a case of missing child to them.

“In the past 48 to 72 hours our sources have told us they are now looking at this one allotment and possibly the second one for that piece of evidence that will clearly publicly turn this into a murder case.

“What they have found there they have not commented on.”

POLICE END GARDEN SEARCH

German police have ended their search of a garden plot on the outskirts of Hannover, northern Germany, prosecutors confirmed.

A spokeswoman for the Braunschweig prosecutor’s office didn’t give any further details on the specific motive for the search or whether police found anything related to their investigation.

Police started started searching the garden on Monday, but prosecutors only said that the activities on the site were connected to their investigation.

NEIGHBOURS FEAR ‘GERMAN MADDIE COULD BE BURIED IN CELLAR’

Neighbours of Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B fear the ‘German Maddie’ could be buried in a cellar on land he once owned in in Braunschweig.

Christian B, 43, was quizzed but never charged after five-year-old Inga Gehricke vanished from a nearby forest during a family barbecue.

The current tenant of the home, tour guide Sabina Sellag, is said to be in “such a panic” that she has been sleeping outside

Her friend Thomas Tager told The Sun: “She is terrified.

“She has begged police to come with search dogs. She said to me ‘I’m worried I am sleeping on a dead body’.”

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, told the Mirror: “She is convinced Inga is under there. That cellar was built by a previous tenant.

“Christian B removed the floorboards and jumped into it.

“There was loads of rubbish inside and he added to it. The new tenant is in such a panic.

“She has spent a week sleeping outside.”

GARAGE QUIZ

British cops have questioned the owner of a garage where Christian B worked as a car mechanic.

Met Police officers investigating Madeleine McCann’s disappearance left with all paperwork relating to the German paedophile earlier this year.

Christian B rented a garage at Euro Hobbywerkstatt in Hanover, a few miles from the allotment currently being excavated.

The owner said yesterday detectives “took away everything” to do with him.

CHRISTIAN B MODIFIED VW CAMPER

The suspect modified his VW camper van to be able to hide a child, it is feared.

The paedophile lived in the vehicle above a basement at an allotment in Hanover around the time three-year-old Madeleine disappeared.

He once boasted he could have used his VW campervan to transport children.

Dein Ghafou, who owned a garage complex Hanover used by Christian B, told police: “I told them he had been working on a ­Volkswagen Camper here and he would lift the roof up and then make it smaller again,” he told the Mirror.

“He was always cutting the roof, raising it and then lowering it. He came and went here.”

Neighbours of Christian B at the allotment said he lived in the VW LT camper van in 2006 and 2007.

COPS COULD SEARCH SECOND ALLOTMENT

There has been speculation that police will soon launch a search of another allotment kept by Christian B in the city of Braunschweig, around 45 miles east of Hanover.

Christian B rented the land for around three years until 2016, and for a time is thought to have lived in a single-storey building on the plot.

The site is rumoured to have a cellar beneath it similar to the one found beneath the allotment in Hanover.

Forensic officers and sniffer dog have spent three days hunting through the first known allotment owned by the convicted paedophile in Hanover, Germany.

CHRISTIAN B BURIED USB STICKS ‘FILLED WITH CHILD ABUSE IMAGES’

The main suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann buried USB sticks filled with child abuse images alongside his dead dog, reports say.

The stash was reportedly found when police searched the site of an abandoned box factory where the alleged killer is known to have stayed in his caravan.

The spot is only 48 miles away from the remote village of Neuwegersleben, where the abandoned box factory is situated.

In February 2016, more than 100 officers took part in a search of the site in search of Gehricke’s body, German tabloid Bild reported.

No body was uncovered, but police did dig up 8,000 pieces of potential evidence relating to other crimes and thought to have been buried by Christian B.

Among that evidence is reported to a cache of child abuse images stored on a number of USB sticks which had been buried under a pile of animal bones.

Christian B was prosecuted in relation to the images.

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