Madeleine McCann suspect’s ‘hidden cellar’ has not been touched for a year, as cops remove dumpsters full of evidence

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A HIDDEN cellar in a housing estate used by Madeleine McCann’s main suspect has remained intact since it went missing in 2007, residents said yesterday.

Paedo Christian B, 43, used the plot in Seelze, Hanover, the year Madeleine, 3, was uprooted in Portugal.

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Police removed dirt and debris from the site on WednesdayCredit: AP: Associated Press
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Officers were pictured carrying bags away from the site as part of the probeCredit: EPA
Christian B has been named as the main suspect in the youngster's disappearance

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Christian B has been named as the main suspect in the youngster’s disappearanceCredit: Bild
Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007 while on vacation with her family

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Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007 while on vacation with her familyCredit: AP: Associated Press

In dramatic developments yesterday, cops removed two dumpsters full of concrete blocks and a child’s bucket.

Tired-looking officers were pictured standing at the site on Wednesday afternoon rubbing their faces as the digs wreaked havoc.

Neighbors shared how Christian B, who has a history of 17 child sex offenses, lived off-grid at the site.

He told them he wanted to insulate a small cabin on a concrete base in the 15 foot plot.

The structure was mysteriously demolished shortly after leaving the site in 2007 or 2008, with no visible trace of the cellar.

But it was eventually discovered yesterday afternoon by 100 law enforcement and forensic teams, who spent days using dogs, diggers and underground radar equipment.

Wolfgang Kossack, 73, who owns a nearby plot of land, said Christian B told him he was living “offline” at the time and no one knew he was there.

He was often seen with a girlfriend and was staying in a VW Transporter parked next to the site.

DISCOVERING THE CELLAR

Mr Kossack said: “He never did any gardening or tried to grow anything. He just sat around drinking beer.

Residents said there had been no new tenants since his disappearance. One of them claimed that the plot “had not been touched since 2007”.

The development comes a month after the owner of a housing estate Christian B leased 45 miles away in Braunschweig said he wanted to build a “Fritzl cell” under his land.

Friends have already said that they and Christian B would joke about her appearing as a suspect, saying, “Maddie is down in the basement. Come on Christian, get Maddie out of the cellar. ”

Mr Kossack said he appeared to have plans to isolate the cellar and that he was “trying to cut himself off and hide from the company”.

Cops were told of his use of the Hanover housing estate by another tenant who last month saw a German police show featuring Madeleine’s disappearance in 2007 while on vacation in Praia da Luz.

He never did any gardening or tried to grow anything. He just sat around drinking beer.

Neighbor attribution

The site is three miles from where the dismembered body of a sex worker was found in 2010.

Christian B was questioned about the murder but was never charged.

Yesterday, the police removed the dumpsters full of rubble, the bucket and the old plates.

Prosecutors confirmed that the search was linked to Madeleine’s disappearance.

In the evening, the police had packed the search equipment and the cords keeping the public away were also relaxed.

Sources said the operation is likely to end today after the significant discovery of the cellar and the recovery of key evidence.

POLICE PROBE

Meanwhile, a neighbor of his old apartment building six kilometers away in the city of Hanover said police searched public gardens there.

The apartments are next to a school with its playground visible from most windows.

The mother, who has lived there for 15 years, said: “Last week there was a police helicopter overhead and two tents in the street.

The police were very busy in the gardens opposite. They seemed to be looking for something. They wouldn’t say what they were doing but it makes sense now to know that he lived here.

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“We remember Christian for selling weed. His block still reeked of cannabis. It was the local dealer.

He was said to have been a mechanic at the time and had rented a garage from Euro Hobbywerkstatt a few kilometers from the housing estate.

The garage owner said Met Police officers questioned him about a workspace rented by Christian B and took away the documents about him.

He was nicknamed “the screwdriver” because he always smelled of oil and gasoline.

Last month, a housing estate owner in Braunschweig claimed that his tenant Christian B had told him he wanted to build a “Fritzl cell” under his land.

Evil Josef Fritzl fathered seven children with his daughter Elisabeth while keeping their family captive for 24 years in Austria.

The woman said: “There was a hole in the ground inside the housing estate.

“One day he told me he wanted to put clear plastic on it. I said, ‘Why the hell? Just so you can look in a dirty old cellar?

In retrospect, I think he wanted to build a Fritzl cellar.

It was also previously reported that Christian B laughed when friends joked that he kept Madeleine in his basement – while also boasting that the police had no evidence on him.

GARAGE QUIZ

Par Ben Leo

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

Police officers met investigating Madeleine McCann’s disappearance left all documents relating to the German pedophile earlier this year.

Christian B has rented a garage from Euro Hobbywerkstatt in Hanover, a few kilometers from the housing estate being excavated.

He was nicknamed “the screwdriver” because he always smelled of oil and gasoline.

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

He is currently in prison in Kiel for drug-related crimes.

German police say they have proof that Madeleine is dead.

But they declined to give details to her parents Gerry and Kate de Rothley, Leics.

Cops spent two days digging up housing estate in Hanover

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Cops spent two days digging up housing estate in HanoverCredit: AP: Associated Press
The skips were full of items from police searches
The skips were full of items from police searches

Madeleine McCann’s cops “dig for a secret cellar built under a housing estate leased by the chief suspect Christian B”



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