Madeleine McCann: Police alert Interpol after possible sighting in Ayia Napa
A child bearing a resemblance to missing Madeleine was spotted by a Briton who said they had 'seen a girl who looked like Madeleine with a British couple as one of their three children'.
The information was given to the Cypriot police on February 20, and then passed on to the European authorities.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides confirmed to the AFP news agency that he had 'asked Interpol to also look into the matter' but added that the family in question had now most likely left Cyprus.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told The Telegraph that they were not providing a 'running commentary' on the case, but said that as with any lines of enquiry, the current sighting 'will be assessed and dealt with accordingly'.
The new lead is just one of many reported since Madeleine went missing in 2007. Most recently, DNA tests on a girl in New Zealand proved she was not the missing girl.
A child matching Maddie's description was also spotted in Morocco in 2007, and in July 2012, in the northern Indian town of Leh.
There have been other sightings in Portugal, Belgium and France, but none have ever resulted in any firm information as to where Madeleine could have ended up after vanishing from her holiday flat in Portugal's Praia da Luz resort in 2007.
On the Find Madeleine website, her parents, Gerry and Kate, say there are still stones to be unturned in the case, and that they have not given up hope of finding their daughter, who was almost four when she went missing:
"The Metropolitan Police Review of all the material in the inquiry has been underway for over eighteen months.
"We have been really impressed and greatly encouraged by the work which has been done and its findings to date which are revealing there are definitely many stones yet to turn."