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Conflicting reports on arrest in missing Madeleine McCann case 0

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Kate and Gerry McCann are seen posing with a computer generated image of how their missing daughter Madeleine might look, during a news conference in London in this May 2, 2012 file photograph. On Monday the BBC's Crimewatch program will air a new appeal to help find Madeleine McCann who went missing from a holiday villa in southern Portugal in May 2007.  (REUTERS/Andrew Winning/Files)

Kate and Gerry McCann are seen posing with a computer generated image of how their missing daughter Madeleine might look, during a news conference in London in this May 2, 2012 file photograph. On Monday the BBC's Crimewatch program will air a new appeal to help find Madeleine McCann who went missing from a holiday villa in southern Portugal in May 2007. (REUTERS/Andrew Winning/Files)

There are conflicting reports about an arrest in the high-profile search for Madeleine McCann, the little girl who disappeared from the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

Britain's Sunday Mirror reported that the arrest stems from an article it published last week about a man who "bragged" about seeing Madeleine, the subject of a high-profile missing persons case, alive a few weeks ago.

However, the Manchester Evening News reports that police have shot down any notion of an arrest being linked to the case of the missing girl.

“I can categorically say that no one has been arrested as part of the Madeleine McCann investigation," the Evening News reported, quoting a Greater Manchester Police spokesman.

“It has nothing to do with Madeleine McCann, that's all I can say.”

The Mirror was told of the sighting claim from a lawyer who said the man told him he was "introduced" to Madeleine, who was three years old when she disappeared while vacationing in southern Portugal with her family, on a Mediterranean island.

The lawyer's statement was handed over to Scotland Yard's Operation Grange investigators, who rated the information "high" in credibility.

The Mirror reported that arresting officers also seized computers from the private home of a man who was at a party with the lawyer in August. The lawyer contacted police about the discussion.

A special 25-minute "Crimewatch" program was scheduled to air on Monday with updates on the global search for Madeleine, which includes renewed appeals from the girl's parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, and will be aired in Germany and the Netherlands.

In the BBC1 show, investigators make another appeal to the public, releasing two computer-generated sketches of a man spotted around the resort town of Praia da Luz on the day then-3-year-old Madeleine went missing. The sketches are based on descriptions from two separate witnesses.

This combination photo shows two e-fit images released by the Metropolitan Police on October 14, 2013 of a man they want to identify and trace in connection with their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. These e-fits have been drawn up based on statements and descriptions from two different witnesses who saw this man in the Praia da Luz town area in Portugal on the evening of May 3, 2007, the night that Madeleine went missing. (REUTERS/Metropolitan Police/Handout)

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