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Madeleine McCann corpse-sniffing dogs ‘barked a lot’ when cops opened Christian B’s secret allotment cellar

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SNIFFER dogs being used to search an allotment connected to the prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case are said to have ‘barked alot’ when a hidden cellar was uncovered by cops.

The cellar at an ­allotment in Seelze, Hanover, was used by Paedo Christian B, 43, and has remained untouched since 2007 locals claimed – the same year Madeleine was snatched from Portugal.

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Officers are then said to have led the sniffer dog into the underground lair where it barked on entering it has been revealed[/caption]

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The cellar at an ­allotment in Seelze, Hanover, was used by Paedo Christian B, 43, and has remained untouched[/caption]

Christian B has been named as the main suspect in the youngster's disappearance
Christian B is now the prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case
Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007 while on holiday with her family
The British girl was snatched while holidaying in Portugal with her parents in 2007

According to the Telegraph, a person present at the scene said: “The sniffer dogs were barking quite a lot in the morning”, as cops removed a cement block from the entrance to the cellar.

Officers are then said to have led the sniffer dog into the underground lair where it barked on entering it has been revealed.

The structure was mysteriously demolished shortly after Christian B left the site in 2007 or 2008, with no visible sign of the cellar left.

But it was finally uncovered yesterday afternoon by 100 police and forensics teams, who have spent days using dogs, diggers and underground radar equipment.

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

Strained looking officers were pictured standing on the site on Wednesday afternoon rubbing their face as the dig took its toll.

Neighbours told how Christian B, who has a history of 17 child sex offences, lived off-grid at the site.

Wolfgang Kossack, 73, who owns a neighbouring plot, said Christian B told him he lived “off grid” at the time and no one knew he was there.

An unnamed source told Bild that Christian B had once lived on the site in a caravan for a short while.

One neighbour was said to have recognised him from the photo, and recalled seeing his yellow and white VW Camper van, which German police last month appealed for information on.

They added Christian B was often seen with the VW at the allotment where he also had two dogs and where he had often rowed with locals.

German police also previously discovered a trove of pictures and videos allegedly buried by Christian B at a German box factory in Neuwegers­leben.

It is alleged at least some of this disturbing material includes videos and pictures of his suspected crimes.

The files were found on hard drives and USB sticks in a plastic bag – and it was buried alongside his dead dog at the dilapidated and rubbish filed site.

CELLAR DISCOVERY

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

Locals claimed there had been no new tenants since he disappeared. One claimed the plot had “been untouched since 2007”.

The development comes a month after the owner of an allotment Christian B rented 45 miles away in Braunschweig claimed he wanted to build a “Fritzl cell” under her land.

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Locals claimed there had been no new tenants since Christian B disappeared[/caption]

Police removed soil and debris from the site on Wednesday
Cops removed two skips full of concrete blocks and a child’s bucket
Officers were pictured carrying bags away from the site as part of the probe
The structure was mysteriously demolished shortly after he left the site in 2007 or 2008, with no visible sign of the cellar left

Pals have previously said they and Christian B would joke about him emerging as a suspect, saying: “Maddie’s downstairs in the cellar. Come on Christian, get Maddie out of the cellar.”

Mr Kossack said he appeared to have plans to insulate the cellar, and was “trying to cut himself off and hide from society”.

Cops were tipped off about his use of the Hanover allotment by another tenant who saw a German crime show last month featuring Madeleine’s 2007 disappearance while on holiday in Praia da Luz.,

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

Christian B was questioned over the murder but never charged.

Yesterday police removed the skips crammed with rubble, the bucket and old plates.

Prosecutors confirmed the search was in connection to Madeleine’s disappearance.

Sources had said the operation was likely to come to an end today after the significant discovery of the cellar and retrieval of key evidence.

By evening police had packed up digging equipment and cordons keeping away the public were also relaxed.

Prosecutors today confirmed the police search at the allotment had come to an end.

A spokeswoman for the Braunschweig prosecutor’s office did not give any further details on the specific motive for the search or what exactly police found.

POLICE PROBE

Meanwhile, a neighbour at his former apartment block four miles away in the city of Hanover said police had been searching public gardens there.

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

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

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 knowing that he lived here.

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Dogs were said to have ‘barked a lot’ when entering the underground lair [/caption]

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“Christian is remembered for selling weed. His block always stank of cannabis. He was the local dealer.”

He was said to be a mechanic at the time and rented a garage at Euro Hobbywerkstatt a few miles from the allotment.

The garage owner said Met Police officers had quizzed him over a workspace Christian B rented and took away paperwork relating to him.

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

Last month an allotment owner in Braunschweig claimed her tenant Christian B told her he wanted to build a “Fritzl cell” under her land.

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

The woman said: “There was a hole in the floor inside the allotment house.

“One day he told me he wanted to put clear plastic over it. I said, ‘What the hell for? Just so you can look down into a dirty old cellar?’

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

It has also been previously reported that Christian B laughed when friends joked about him keeping Madeleine in his basement — while boasting that police had no evidence on him.

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

Met Police officers investigating Madeleine McCann’s disappearance left with all paperwork relating to the German paedophile earlier this year.

Christian B rented a garage at Euro Hobbywerkstatt in Hanover, a few miles from the allotment currently being excavated.

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


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

He is currently in jail in Kiel for drugs crimes.

German police say they have evidence proving Madeleine is dead.

But they have refused to give details to her parents Gerry and Kate from Rothley, Leics.

Cops have spent two days digging up the allotment in Hanover
Cops digging at the scene yesterday
Items from the site began filling up the skip
A skip was seen taking away evidence

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