It has been announced that Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall will take over from DCI Andy Redwood into the UK investigation into the disappearance of Madeline McCann, when the latter retires at the end of this month.

DCI Wall has 25 years service in the Metropolitan Police and has spent 8 years as a Detective Chief Inspector. Her current position is Head of murder investigation team in West London which is part of the Metropolitan Polices’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.

She is an experienced homicide investigator and in 2014 has conducted a number of high profile investigations into murders in her area which have included a murder of a grandfather in Notting Hill; a 55 year old woman in Colindale, a 48 year woman in Earls Court and a double murder in Leytonstone.

She is married and has a home in Putney west London.

DCI Redwood has stated “It was a great privilege to be Head of Operation Grange during the last  three and a half years and I guarantee I will be leaving the operation in the hands of a very experienced colleague”.