New evidence in Madeleine McCann disappearance 5 July 2013 UK Report by Primedia Broadcasting published on 2013/07/05 07:06:19 +0000 Scotland Yard says it has "new evidence and new witnesses" in the Madeleine McCann case and has opened a formal investigation into her disappearance. The Met Police said it still believed there was a chance Madeleine was alive and it was investigating 38 "persons of interest" after reviewing the evidence. Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, said the shift from review to investigation was "a big step forward". One of James Bulger's killers, Jon Venables, should be released from prison, the parole board has said. Venables was previously paroled, but sent back to jail for accessing child pornography. Two-year-old James was killed in Bootle in February 1993 by Venables and Robert Thompson, both aged 10. Ecuador's government says it has well-founded suspicions that a private security company bugged its London embassy. But Surveillance Group Limited, whose website boasts ties with British law enforcement agencies and European financial institutions, denied that accusation on Thursday.