Man who exposed Jimmy Saville has a new theory about Madeleine McCann's disappearance
He says he's pored over the evidence and come to one conclusion
The man who exposed Jimmy Saville for his sick crimes says he has a new theory about Madeleine McCann's disappearance.
Investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas has set his sights on the mysterious episode that has dominated front pages since 2007 - and says he has a new working hypothesis.
A man from Germany has become the latest suspect in the case having been allegedly involved in five offenses between 2000 and 2017 in Portugal.
McCann went missing in 2007, and investigators believe he is responsible.
However, Williams-Thomas, who was responsible for exposing Jimmy Savile, thinks he has a different idea of what happened having pored over the evidence and spoken to a number of witnesses.
Speaking to LADbible, he said: "So when I looked at Madeleine McCann... I brought all the information together, read all the police files, spoke to all those key witnesses around there, and I had contact via one person removed from the family, so I was able to pull all this information together.
"And my conclusion is that on that night of Madeleine's disappearance, she woke up, looking for mum and dad, and she'd been told the following morning that if she were to wake up, the parents were only in the tapas bar, which was just across the courtyard.
"What we do know is that her brother and sister had woken up on the previous nights a number of times, and I suspect as a result of that, Madeleine thought, well, where are mum and dad, as they'd been out on those previous nights as well."
Williams-Thomas went on: "So I believe she woke up, she left the apartment, we know the apartment was insecure, the back patio door was open to allow some flow of air, it was very hot.
"And so I believe she got up and went wandering looking for her parents."
Williams-Thomas explained that Maddie would have had to have gone out onto the main road in order to get around to the courtyard, where her parents were.
And citing two infamous cases in the UK - Genette Tate, who vanished in 1978, and Sarah Payne, who was murdered in 2000 - Thomas explained that it was most likely an unplanned abduction.
He said: "What we know about abductions is when they are stranger abductions, they are opportunistic.
"If you abduct a child and you know who that child is, which is the majority of child abductions, then, of course, that's planned and you know who the child is.
"But when it's opportunistic when it's not somebody known to the child, that is not planned, in terms of who the victim is."
Adding: "So I believe she walked out on the road, and in a matter of seconds, was abducted by a predator outside."