British police have agreed to give the parents of Madeleine McCann 80 pieces of information about its investigation into the youngster's disappearance in Portugal last year.

In return for Leicestershire police's agreement to release that information, parents Kate and Gerry McCann have agreed to drop a court case that sought the release of all information held by the force.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, hailed the decision, calling it 80 potential new leads in the investigation the parents are carrying out privately.

The couple, who live in Rothley in Leicestershire, did not attend the court hearing in London but were on vacation with their two other children.

Portuguese police said last week they had completed their final report into the disappearance of the girl, but have not announced yet whether they will close their investigation.

Madeleine vanished from the family's apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, shortly before her fourth birthday.