The prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann disappearance has dropped his bid to be freed early, it is being reported tonight.
Christian Brueckner had been trying to cut his jail term for drug offences in Germany.
But today his lawyers announced this has been withdrawn.
It comes after German police were photographed digging up an allotment close to where Brueckner lived.
Images taken today show an officer several feet down into the ground alongside a police sniffer dog.
They were taken at an allotment near Hannover in Germany.
Madeleine went missing in 2007
Madeleine went missing in 2007(Image: PA)
The convicted sex offender is the prime suspect in the disappearance case of Madeleine, who went missing in 2007.
A legal source quoted in The Sun said: “[His] legal team appear to be focussing on getting him cleared of the rape while resisting all moves to implicate him of involvement in the McCann case.
“This puts a clear marker down – police have six months to get enough evidence to charge him over Madeleine, or he walks.”
It means he will remain behind bars until at least January next year.
Detectives investigation Madeleine’s 2007 say they believe the youngster, who was three at the time, has been murdered.
The allotment search is understood to be a joint operation between the Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office and the Federal Criminal Police Office.
Police used heavy equipment including an excavator to carry out the search.
A fence was put up to obstruct the public’s view of the search and trees were cut down.