British police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance have reportedly been refused permission to search the homes of three burglary suspects.

According to local media in Praia da Luz, where the three-year-old went missing in 2007, Portuguese authorities declined requests from Metropolitan Police.

It comes after it was reported that they had approved plans for officers from Scotland Yard to dig for evidence at several locations in the resort.

Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt, in Praia da Luz, said: "One of the local newspapers, the News Journal, is reporting that one of the things that is being rejected by Portuguese authorities is a Scotland Yard plea to search the homes of three men who used to work here at the Ocean Complex at the time Madeleine vanished and are suspected of a number of break-ins in the days, weeks leading up to her disappearance.

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