The prime suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance had a fetish for dangerous situations, a pal has told police.

And he claimed convicted paedophile Christian Brueckner told him: "I like to see catastrophe situations. I need dangerous situations."

The unnamed mate said Brueckner told him he took pleasure from torturing, was attracted to children and would kill a person "faster than an animal".

These revelations are in case files German police have compiled about Brueckner’s alleged involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance.

The three-year-old vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal’s Algarve in 2007.

German prosecutors recently shared evidence against Brueckner with Portuguese detectives, who they are meeting this week to decide how to proceed with the investigation.

Madeleine McCann
Maddie vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007

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Brueckner, 44, is currently serving a seven-year jail sentence for raping a 72-year-old woman in the same resort from which Madeleine vanished.

He claims he had no involvement in her disappearance.