It's a Christmas without Madeleine for Kate and Gerry McCann, who now face allegations that a tennis bag owned by the missing girl's father is the center of the police investigation. 2

It’s a Christmas without Madeleine for Kate and Gerry McCann, who now face allegations that a tennis bag owned by the missing girl’s father is the center of the police investigation.

The McCann family has denied claims that a tennis bag allegedly owned by Gerry is the focus of police investigating his daughter Madeleine’s disappearance.

A Sky News report claims that officers have been unable to locate a blue hold-all which Mr McCann allegedly used to carry his sports kit hours before his daughter vanished.

Tony Rogers, a former detective with experience with experience of high-profile murder cases, told the channel: “If it’s a bag of a size that could be taking away from the flat a child, that would be of great interest to the investigating officer.”

But Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for Madeleine’s parents, dismissed the report, insisting that Gerry had never owned such a bag.

“As far as Kate and Gerry are concerned, there is no missing tennis bag,” he said.

“They came back from holiday with everything except of course, tragically, Madeleine.”

Gerry and Kate McCann have consistently denied any wrongdoing in connection with their daughter’s disappearance.

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