he fresh searches in the hunt for Madeleine McCann appear to have drawn to a close in Portugal as briefing tents were taken down and heavy machinery was removed from the site.
Officers spent three days scouring a remote reservoir after “certain tips” were given to German prosecutors about the case.
The searches led police to a concentrated area of land on a peninsula at the Barragem do Arade, which personnel began to dig with shovels on Wednesday afternoon.
After cutting back vast undergrowth and using rakes and pickaxes to sweep the banks of the reservoir, officers appeared to draw their work to a close on Thursday afternoon.
A few kilometres away from the search area, blue tents had been set up for officials to hold briefings, which were eventually taken down as searches looked to be concluding.
On Thursday morning, police could be seen photographing the woodland where they had been digging, before a mixture of uniformed and …