Who is Jim Gamble and what were his bombshell claims in Netflix documentary Disappearance of Madeleine McCann?

The documentary, to be released on March 15 after months of delays and rows, suggests Madeleine could still come home alive.

Who is Jim Gamble?

Jim Gamble is a top police officer from Bangor, Northern Ireland.

He has lead Northern Ireland's anti-terrorist intelligence unit, and soon moved to becoming the Deputy Director General of the National Crime Squad.

Mr Gamble later became affiliated with solving serious child exploitation cases.

He worked on the first investigation to find missing Madeline McCann, while leading the National Criminal Intelligence Service fight against child sex abuse.

In 2008, Mr Gamble was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the New Year Honours list.

He became chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, but resigned in October 2010, after then Home Secretary Theresa May merged the group with others into a new National Crime Agency.

What were his bombshell claims?

In the new Netflix documentary, Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, Mr Gamble said he believes the mystery into her disappearance will be solved.

He said: "I absolutely believe that in my lifetime we will find out what has happened to Madeleine McCann.

“There’s huge hope to be had with the advances in technology.

"Year on year DNA is getting better. Year on year other techniques, including facial recognition, are getting better.

“And as we use that technology to revisit and review that which we captured in the past, there’s every likelihood that something we already know will slip into position.”

Mr Gamble appeared to hint that her disappearance could be connected with human trafficking.

The documentary explains how Portugal is also the perfect location for child traffickers because it’s a well-placed gateway allowing abducted children to be instantly taken overseas by boat or driven across Europe.

He added: "There is no doubt that human trafficking is a massive problem.

“On the internet you can go into those dark places and say, ‘This is who I am and this is what I do’. And you’re made to feel better about who you are because there’s so many others.”

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