COPS in Germany have searched a garden in Hanover believed to be linked to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, says a report.
Police have been seen hunting through an allotment behind an area screened off from the public, in the city where suspect Christian B lived.
Forensics have been probing land between Hanover-Ahlem and Seelze-Letter since the early hours of this morning, reports Haz.de.
The public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig said the action was linked to Madeleine McCann, who vanished in Portugal 13 years ago.
The allotment site was cleared, and an excavator was also reported to be in use to help the large-scale investigation, the website adds.
A prisoner transporter was also said to be at the closed-off scene.
Pics of the scene show cops keeping guard near the allotment.
It's not known exactly what is being searched for.
The new probe is a joint operation between the prosecutor's office and the Federal Criminal Police Office, the website adds.
Editor-in-chief of Haz.de tweeted that “police arrive at Hannover with heavy equipment in [an] allotment garden.”
A spokesman for the prosecutor's office said they would neither comment on the reasons for the search, nor what was being looked for.
Haz.de added that three vehicles and a forensics tent has been set up, while a sniffer dog has also been used to examine the area.
The investigation team is expected to remain at the allotment until Wednesday.
McCann was three at the time of her disappearance from an apartment while her family vacationed in the seaside town of Praia da Luz, in Portugal’s Algarve region, in 2007.
Christian B, 43, was identified last month as being the prime suspect in her abduction.
He is serving 21 months in a German prison for drugs offences.
Police have just 22 months to nail the prime suspect in the abduction of Madeleine, according to her family’s lawyer.
Rogerio Alves says the clock is ticking on the 13-year mystery due to a 15-year time limit on prosecutions in Portugal.
He told ITV: “We have a 15 years time barrier, even to manslaughter, to homicide, to certain sexual offences — and even to the most serious kind of kidnapping.
“So we are still on time. But time is getting short now.”
Christian B is thought to have been living in a camper van around the Praia De Luz resort at the time the three-year-old vanished.
He is known to have lived in a remote property in the hills outside Praia de Luz but abandoned it and began living in a 1980s VW T3 Westfalia camper van some time in late 2006.
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.
After returning to Hanover in Germany, he began living in a caravan and working in a car repair shop before being convicted of forgery of documents in 2010.
A former neighbour of the career criminal in Braunschweig, the German city where Christian B opened a kiosk after relocating in 2014, said he was "often very aggressive."
The neighbour, named only as Norbert M., told German newspaper Bild he would mistreat women and that he had an underage girlfriend from Kosovo.
Norbert M said: "He was very bad with women."
Paedophile Christian B is currently in jail in Germany for drug offences and the rape of a US woman in Portugal in 2005.
But his lawyers are trying to have the rape conviction quashed on a legal technicality.
If they win, Christian B could be freed on parole and it is feared he would then disappear.
Hanover’s district court sentenced Christian B for falsifying documents in 2010, and then three years later he was sentenced for a joint theft, Haz.de reports.
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