1. Important Madeline McCann lead sees Scotland Yard given more money to investigate.
An important lead in the Madeline McCann case has seen the investigation take a new turn with Scotland Yard announcing that they have been tipped off about the disappearance of the little girl.
The Mirror reports that the new lead has led to Scotland Yard giving more money to the investigation.
The report states that traffickers were seen taking pictures of the three-year-old on a beach before she was snatched leading to speculation she could have been taken by a child trafficking gang.
The Mirror reports that a Belgian paedophile ring had placed an order for a “young girl” just three days before Madeleine vanished.
The new line of inquiry means Operation Grange has been extended by six months until April.
But a senior source told The Sun the new lead looks to be “the last roll of the dice” in their hunt.
Maddie McCann was on holiday in Praia du Luz in Portugal with her family when she was snatched from her bed in 2007.
2. Doctors warning over pregnant women relying on apps that could lead to stillbirth.
The stillbirths of two babies have led doctors to warn pregnant women not to rely on smart phone apps to avoid stillbirth.
News Limited reports that women are increasingly relying on apps to help them monitor their unborn baby.
Dr Lucy Bowyer, Acting Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Sydney’s Royal Hospital for Women, told News Limited that the hospital had two patients who had relied on a smart phone app to assure them that their unborn baby’s heart beat had been normal, but had gone on to experienced stillbirth.
Dr Bowyer said there was no clinical evidence these apps could monitor heart beat successfully or reliably.
“Women with reduced foetal movements must ring for medical advice, not rely upon phone apps which cannot listen to the foetal heart with any clinical success,” Dr Bowyer said. “Even if you could hear the heartbeat, if you are not clinically trained you don’t know what you listening out for.
“It’s such a tragedy to deliver a stillborn baby when urgent medical assessment and intervention may have prevented that loss,” Dr Bowyer said.
“One lady was using the app to listen to the foetal heart beat because the baby had not been moving and she had been partially reassured the baby was okay. In both cases the women were given a false sense of security.”
3. Federal Government and City of Fremantle clash over Australia Day.
The Assistant Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke has told the Fremantle council that the federal government will revoke its citizenship ceremony powers if it presides over one on its ‘anti-national day event’.
Fremantle has decided to move its traditional Australia Day, January 26 events to January 28 because of Aboriginal cultural sensitivities.
” We thought it was time to acknowledge it wasn’t a day of celebration for everybody and it was an opportunity for us to come up with a different format on a different day that could be truly inclusive,” Mayor Brad Pettitt told The West Australian.
But the Federal Government said the council is attempting to “politicise Australian citizenship,” which Mr Hawke said is “unacceptable” and a possible breach of the rules on citizenship ceremonies.