MADELEINE McCann suspect Christian B was a "creepy gun-toting criminal" who left locals in a remote Portuguese village "terrified", according to reports.
The 43-year-old stayed at a run-down villa in rural Foral in the months after the toddler vanished around 40 miles away in Praia da Luz in 2007.
The convicted child abuser would park his distinctive VW campervan, which has been seized by police, in a restaurant car park where he was working as a waiter.
But Portuguese police have not yet visited the small village to interview potential witnesses – despite Christian B moving there just weeks after Madeleine vanished, The Telegraph reports.
Locals have claimed they were "terrified" by Christian B's presence in Foral – with the paedophile staying at a home for foster kids run by a German couple.
One resident told the newspaper: "Everyone was absolutely terrified when he was around because he used to carry a gun."
Another said she was always worried about her teen daughter, who would go to meet the German couple and their “new friend” and came back with cigarettes.
Christian B drove his distinctive campervan to Foral as a huge search was mounted to find missing Madeleine.
Aged 30 at the time, the suspect already had convictions for child sex offences, drug dealing, theft and he had raped a 72-year-old American tourist in Praia da Luz.
In a twist, he led a search party to find a teenage girl who had fled the foster home in the months after Madeleine disappeared and found her in a nearby seaside town.
It is understood the girl was pregnant when she returned – with Christian B leaving the area soon after.
One local said: "He found her. She was in Lagos with a group of Romanians, and from what I’ve heard at the time, when she got back to the house, she was pregnant.
"Then the teenager disappeared and then this guy disappeared. I assumed she was taken back to Germany given the circumstances that she was pregnant."
Another woman, who would eat at the restaurant where Christian B worked, wept as she said: "I don’t want to relive this man. The destruction he has caused. The things he had done. I cannot bear to think of it.”
The foster home he stayed at could now become a central part of the investigation into whether Christian B snatched Madeleine from her bed and murdered her.
It is understood to have never been raided by cops and was rented between 2002 and 2009 by a German woman from Christian B's hometown of Braunschweig.
She invited in troubled teens from Germany and ran the home along with her husband.
The couple have not been accused of any wrongdoing and it is not clear if they knew of Christian B's criminal past.
A German couple living in the countryside village say they immediately recognised Christian B after he was this week named as the prime suspect in Madeleine's disappearance.
They revealed he had two dogs – including one called Frau Muller – while at the property.
Brit Angie Dawes told the Sun on Sunday Christian B used to leer at her when he stayed with her parents in another home in the same village – making her feel "sick to her stomach".
She recalled: “I met him at my parents’ house. Even though he was polite, on every occasion he was weird.
“He was memorable to look at. The blond hair with striking blue eyes.
“But he would just stare at me in a sleazy way for a minute or two without saying a word and not release his gaze.
“It was bizarre and made me feel very uncomfortable. His eyes chilled me to the bone.”
Christian B was named as the prime suspect in Madeleine's disappearance this week with prosecutors in Germany investigating him "on suspicion of murder".
We are now able to show his picture in full in the UK after it was published in a German newspaper – as cops in both countries appeal for anyone who knows him to come forward.
German cops have sensationally revealed they believe Madeleine is dead and know how she was killed – despite no body being found.
The suspect has been branded a "sexual predator" who abused young girls and rapist banged up for attacking a 72-year-old tourist in Portugal.
He was first thrust into the frame in 2017 after allegedly confessing to abducting Madeleine in a bar.
German sources claim he boasted he had "snatched her" but didn’t say he had killed her.
Christian B lived in Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine's disappearance in 2007.
German cops have seized the VW camper van that he was living in two miles from Praia da Luz — where Madeleine went missing in 2007.
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