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Post by Verdi on 04.08.19 14:03

Verdict on the McCanns' treatment: little short of a national disgrace

Evidence from Gerry and Kate McCann to the Leveson inquiry has given experts much to consider about regulation of the press

23rd November 2011

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Gerry and Kate McCann leave the Leveson inquiry. Their evidence gave the Lord Justice plenty to contemplate. Photograph: Reuters


It took Kate and Gerry McCann to transform the Leveson inquiry, which in its first three days had struggled to reach a serious tone. Hugh Grant did offer a compelling account of a life lived at the centre of media attention, but he is still a highly paid film star with the kind of colourful love life newspapers and the public find hard to resist. Other witnesses fell flat, notably Steve Coogan, who spent too much of his evidence complaining about how interviewers had artfully prised personal information out of him, which is hardly something that needs to be regulated. Not every interviewee, after all, is supposed to like the resulting piece.

But what happened to the McCanns at the hands of the tabloid press in the 18 months or so after their daughter's disappearence was – as their lawyer, David Sherborne, said – little short of a national disgrace. The inquiry heard an account of repeated violations of truth and privacy by every major tabloid, built up over two measured hours of testimony from Gerry McCann, punctuated by Kate's more emotional contributions. While the couple acknowledged help and support from the press when they received it, their criticisms amounted to a plea for reform that will be very difficult for Lord Justice Leveson to dismiss.

It was Richard Desmond's newspapers, the Express and Star titles, that paid out £550,000 in libel damages after a string of defamatory articles. Their apology was on the front page – "unprecedented", as both papers could not help trumpeting – but as Gerry McCann observed, despite all the mistakes, nobody had resigned. "I've seen no journalist or editor brought to account, be it the Express or any other group ... repeat offenders should lose their privilege of practising," he said.
He might have said the same about the News of the World, which printed a copy of Kate McCann's personal diary.

Her husband pleaded for the judge to find out how the diary – taken as evidence in Portugal where Madeleine went missing – ended up in the hands of the paper in a version translated from Portuguese and back into English again. Leveson noted that he had the legal powers to find out what happened – and in an instant, statutory regulation of the press had arrived.

Kate McCann described the actions of the paparazzi. They would wait every day for her to get in the car with her two other children, and on some occasions "they'd bang on the window" to get the expressions they wanted. The picture was enough, she observed, to attach "fragile, furious or whatever they wanted to put in the headline" – carrying on despite the fact that the Press Complaints Commission code of practice says quite clearly that "journalists must not engage in intimidation, harassment or persistent pursuit". So, when, later, Gerry McCann demanded a change in the rules when it comes to the taking of the photographs in public places, his call for reform packed a real punch.

"You should not be able to publish photographs of private individuals going about their private business without their explicit consent," he argued. To bring in such a rule really would require the introduction of a privacy law, and while few in the press would welcome that, after hearing both the McCanns speak it would take a brave onlooker to conclude that they did not have something of a point. And as a result of their contribution, Lord Justice Leveson has plenty to contemplate.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2011/nov/23/leveson-verdict-gerry-kate-mccan


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What the illustrious Grauniad fails to mention, is the McCanns privileged position of being awarded the personal services of a government media monitoring director.

So Mr Mitchell, where were you hiding when all these negative reports were being published by the media - the media that you were appointed to monitor. 

Where were you hiding when Ms McCann's private diary was splashed across the News of the World headlines in September 2007, curiously only days after the McCann family's return to the UK.  Not hiding behind a source, I trust Mr Mitchell?

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Post by Verdi on 04.08.19 21:53

Leveson Inquiry: I wanted to climb into a hole, I felt so worthless, says Kate McCann

For more than four years they had suffered, often in silence, as the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine was followed by a “sinister” campaign to portray them as her killers.

By Gordon Rayner, and Martin Evans

9:11PM GMT 23 Nov 2011

Threatened with jail if they discussed details of the Portuguese investigation, Kate and Gerry McCann had “wanted to shout out” the truth to the world, but could not.

Today, at the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics, the couple finally had the chance to give evidence under oath in public for the first time since Madeleine vanished during a family holiday in Praia da Luz in May 2007.

They did not shout, nor were there any tears; just quiet dignity and an even tone as they allowed the facts to tell the story of their unbearable ordeal. Lord Justice Leveson began by telling the McCanns that no parent could fail to appreciate the “terrible impact” of Madeleine’s abduction, adding: “Words of sympathy for these appalling circumstances are utterly inadequate.”

After nodding their appreciation, the McCanns, sitting side by side, began detailing the “long lasting damage” caused to their family by elements of the media, which had left Mrs McCann feeling “totally worthless” and her husband in disbelief.

For almost an hour, Mrs McCann hardly spoke, sometimes putting a comforting hand on her husband’s arm as he took the lead in giving evidence. But the former GP took over when it came to describing what happened when the News of the World “mentally raped” her by printing extracts from her diary, written immediately after Madeleine’s disappearance.

She had been at church on Sunday, Sept 14, 2008, when she received a text from a worker at the nursery attended by the couple’s twins, Sean and Amelie, saying: “Just seen your diary – heartbreaking. Hope you are OK.”

She said: “It was totally out of the blue. I got a horrible panicky feeling of confusion. I didn’t have a clue. I went to look at it online, which was five pages, and got my original handwritten copy out and it was lifted in its entirety and put in the newspaper without my knowledge.”

She said “subtle differences” in the wording showed it had been translated into Portuguese and then back into English, and she suspected it had been leaked by the Portuguese police even though a judge had ordered all copies to be destroyed.

“I felt totally violated,” she said. “I had written those words at the most desperate time of my life and it was my only way of communicating with Madeleine.

“There was no respect shown for me as a grieving mother or for my daughter Madeleine and it made me feel very vulnerable and small. I just couldn’t believe it.”

Mrs McCann, 43, said that before the article appeared, the couple’s spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, had received a call from Ian Edmondson, the then news editor of the News of the World, who had said the newspaper was going to run a “supportive story” criticising the Portuguese police.

Mr Edmondson, who was arrested earlier this year by detectives investigating phone hacking at the newspaper and was sacked before it closed in July, made “no mention” of the diary.

“I just recently read through my diary entry at that point in that week,” said Mrs McCann, “and I talk about climbing into a hole and not coming out because I just felt so worthless that we had been treated like that.”

Several months earlier, on the first anniversary of Madeleine’s abduction, the couple had agreed to an interview in Hello magazine, which incurred the wrath of the News of the World’s editor, Colin Myler. The Sunday tabloid had put up a reward for information leading to Madeleine’s discovery, and, said Mr McCann, Mr Myler phoned him in person, “irate and berating us for not doing an interview with the News of the World”.

He added: “He beat us into submission verbally and we agreed to do an interview.”

Wearing green and yellow “Find Madeleine” wristbands on their right arms, “Doctor and Doctor McCann”, as they were referred to by Lord Justice Leveson, occasionally touched each other’s hands below the table, and at one point Mr McCann put an arm around his wife’s back.

Their expressions rarely reflected the suffering they were describing, but as the couple flicked through files of newspaper headlines which later led to front-page apologies and substantial damages payouts, they involuntarily shook their heads in disbelief. They said that when the media first descended on Praia da Luz, they felt it was “a good thing” for their daughter’s picture to appear on front pages.

But with “not much happening” in the investigation and a lack of information from the police, tabloid newspapers started to print stories that were “untruthful and sometimes made up”.

Headlines began to appear such as “Police believe mother killed Madeleine”, based on reports of DNA being found in the couple’s hire car, even though, said Mrs McCann, “there was no DNA found”.

She said that they had been unable to tell reporters the stories were not borne out by what police had shown them, because they were bound by strict laws of judicial secrecy punishable by a two-year prison sentence.

“We wanted to shout out, 'It’s not true,’ but when it’s your voice against the powerful media there’s no point,” she said. Mr McCann added: “We were being tried by media and unable to defend ourselves adequately.”

When the couple eventually returned home to Rothley, Leics, Mr McCann said the journey to the airport in Portugal was “one of the most terrifying experiences that anyone could possibly have”.

He said: “Cars were coming across us, coming in front, cameras, people hanging out of windows, motorbike riders. Dangerous.”

Mrs McCann said photographers camped outside the family home until Dec 2007, waiting for her to drive out.

“They would spring out from behind a hedge to get a startled look that they could say 'fragile, furious’, whatever they wanted to put in the headline. They were banging on the windows, sometimes with lenses, and Amelie would say to me, 'Mummy, I’m scared’.”

In January 2008 the couple took legal action against Express Newspapers, which had falsely claimed, among other things, that Madeleine had been “sold by hard-up McCanns” and that they had killed their daughter and stored her body in a freezer.

At first, the Express group offered the McCanns an interview in OK! magazine, owned by Richard Desmond who also owns the Express, which Mr McCann described as “breathtaking”.

Then, in March 2008, Express Newspapers admitted to printing “entirely untrue” articles and paid £550,000 to the fund set up to find Madeleine. The News of the World also apologised for using the diary and made a donation to the fund.

But while the couple’s treatment by the media improved markedly as a result, Mr McCann said there had still been abuses and numerous weekends had been ruined by having to take legal action to prevent articles appearing in Sunday newspapers, including a false claim that the couple were having IVF treatment “with a view to getting a new baby to replace Madeleine”.

Mr McCann was also angered in July of this year when the Daily Mail printed a picture of a child spotted in India who looked similar to Madeleine. He said that he and Mrs McCann had already seen the picture and confirmed it was not Madeleine, but the newspaper published it anyway.

The hearing continues on Thursday, when JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter stories, will give evidence.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/leveson-inquiry/8911318/Leveson-Inquiry-I-wanted-to-climb-into-a-hole-I-felt-so-worthless-says-Kate-McCann.html

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Post by Verdi on 04.08.19 22:06

Madeleine McCann fund received £125,000 from News of the World

Confidential deal towards search fund for Madeleine was part of apology for tabloid's publication of mother Kate's diary extracts

Daniel Boffey - 17th December 2011

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Kate and Gerry McCann giving evidence at the Leveson Inquiry over coverage of their daughter Madeleine's disappearance. News of the World made a confidential payment for publishing Kate's private diaries. Photograph: Pool/Reuters

The News of the World paid £125,000 to the fund supporting the search for Madeleine McCann as part of an apology for publishing Kate McCann's diaries – on condition that the terms of the deal remained secret.

The payment was made after the missing girl's parents expressed their outrage at the story, which Kate McCann said made her feel "mentally raped". All the parties involved in the negotiations over the payment, which was agreed in September 2008, were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement hiding the scale of the newspaper's culpability.

The payment was made despite claims by the defunct newspaper's editor at the Leveson inquiry last week that he believed he had had the full support of the McCanns to publish. Colin Myler, who edited the NoW from 2007 until it closed this year, told the inquiry he had received repeated assurances from his head of news, Ian Edmondson, that the McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, supported publication – a claim which has been strenuously denied.

Myler told the inquiry that he subsequently ran an apology and paid a "substantial sum" because "he felt very bad that she didn't know". However, the Observer has learned that the NoW initially tried to minimise the compensation. A source at News International, the owner of the newspaper, said there were hours of negotiations between the company's lawyers and Carter-Ruck, the solicitors hired by the McCanns, in the days following publication of the story on 14 September 2008.

A deal was finally struck in which a £125,000 payment was agreed, but all parties were obliged to sign agreements that they would not talk about the size of the compensation. Last night Kate and Gerry McCann's spokesman and News International declined to comment.

The Leveson inquiry into the media will hear this week from former NoW sports journalist Matt Driscoll, who was awarded almost £800,000 for unfair dismissal in April 2007 while on long-term sick leave for stress-related depression following a campaign of bullying provoked by the newspaper's then editor, Andy Coulson.

It will also hear via video link from Piers Morgan, former editor of the Daily Mirror and the NoW, who now works for CNN in New York. At 28, Morgan was appointed editor of the NoW, making him the youngest tabloid newspaper editor in history. He was editor of the Daily Mirror for more than 10 years, but was sacked in 2004 after the newspaper conceded that photos it published apparently showing British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake.

Morgan claimed in a GQ magazine interview in 2007 that phone hacking was "widespread" and that "loads of newspaper journalists were doing it" when Clive Goodman and Glenn Mulcaire were jailed in January of that year.

Asked in the interview whether he knew about voicemail interception while he was editor of NoW, Morgan said: "Well, I was there in 1994-95, before mobiles were used very much, and that particular trick wasn't known about. I can't get too excited about it, I must say. It was pretty well known that if you didn't change your pin code when you were a celebrity who bought a new phone, then reporters could ring your mobile, tap in a standard factory setting number and hear your messages. That is not, to me, as serious as planting a bug in someone's house, which is what some people seem to think was going on."

In 2006 Morgan wrote an article for the Daily Mail claiming that he was played a tape of a message Paul McCartney left on the mobile phone of Heather Mills. "The couple had clearly had a tiff, Heather had fled to India, and Paul was pleading with her to come back," he wrote. "He sounded lonely, miserable and desperate, and even sang We Can Work It Out into the answerphone."

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2011/dec/17/news-of-world-mccanns-payment

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What an eerie coincidence.  Kate McCann's scribbles suddenly appear in the News of the World, of all the salacious gutter press possible, it had to be 'dial M for Murdoch's' the News of the World that gets it's grubby mitts on the secret diary - the diary Ms McCann had every intention of publishing in the form of a book for later publication and worldwide sale.

The PJ, contacts in the News of the World?  I don't think so!

So who did leak this secret diary to Murdoch's most mucky tabloid Mr Mitchell?  The leak that led to a substantial out of court settlement?

You scratch my back I'll scratch yours. Nice little earner.

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Post by Verdi on 05.08.19 16:07

McCanns 'didn't say Madeleine probably dead'

By Aislinn Simpson in Praia da Luz and Richard Holt

12:01AM BST 17 Oct 2007

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Spokesman: 'They have not given up hope that she could still be alive

Madeleine McCann's father has contradicted the family's official spokesman and said that he does not accept the fact that his daughter is probably dead.

We know it is a possibility, however the fact there is no evidence Madeleine has been seriously harmed gives us ongoing hope that she will be found alive.
Previously, the couple's spokesman said that the balance of their feelings about what has happened to the four-year-old had tipped towards accepting the worst possible outcome, nearly six months after she vanished.

"Kate and Gerry are realistic enough to know that there is a probability she is dead," Clarence Mitchell said.

"They have not given up hope that she could still be alive and is being looked after somewhere.

"And they cling to that and have not given up, but human nature is that you always fear the worst and they need to know what has happened.

"This open-uncertainty cannot hang over them for the rest of their lives."

The sad milestone came as Kate McCann's mother admitted her daughter and son-in-law made a "terrible mistake" to leave Madeleine and her twin siblings alone, and said the repercussions had ripped their "perfect" family apart.

In a wide-ranging interview with her local paper, Susan Healy and her husband Brian spoke of their hope that Madeleine would one day come home.

But Mrs Healy told the Liverpool Echo that news about renewed police searches in Portugal, and the appearance of police officers at a reservoir to the north of the Algarve resort town of Praia da Luz, left her "scared" that Madeleine's body would be found.

Mrs Healy said her daughter was tormented by the "scurrilous rubbish" about her and Gerry's culpability in Madeleine's disappearance that is reported daily in the Portuguese press and repeated in the UK.

She said the couple continue to have counselling and have relaunched a publicity campaign in the UK and Portugal in a bid to find their daughter.

But she Mrs Healy said the strain of the case was taking its toll.

"They have to keep trying to get their daughter back - that overrides everything else they are feeling," she said.

Madeleine disappeared from the McCann's rented apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1566419/McCanns-didnt-say-Madeleine-probably-dead.html

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Post by momac on 05.08.19 17:02

"There's no evidence that Madeleine is dead"... in the case of a genuine abduction would be a really stupid thing to say! 

Imagine a kidnapper who, after 12 years or whatever time span, would send a postcard to say "sorry, but Madeleine is dead, and here is the proof!"
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Post by worriedmum on 05.08.19 20:04

@momac wrote:"There's no evidence that Madeleine is dead"... in the case of a genuine abduction would be a really stupid thing to say! 

Imagine a kidnapper who, after 12 years or whatever time span, would send a postcard to say "sorry, but Madeleine is dead, and here is the proof!"
Or even, 'if you are the abductor. please get in touch and tell us ?
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Post by Verdi on 12.08.19 2:22

Another repeat example of the truth according to the British press..

Madeleine McCann's former nanny breaks silence to describe night three-year-old went missing


18 April 2017 • 8:08am

A child minder who had looked after Madeleine McCann has broken her silence about the night the three-year-old went missing 10 years ago.

The former nanny said the image of Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate, desperately trying to find their missing daughter still haunts her.

Speaking for the first time about the child's abduction, she recalled Mrs McCann crying and saying “they’ve taken her”.

The witness also claimed the Praia da Luz resort in which the McCanns were staying was considered so unsafe for nannies at the time that staff were handed rape alarms and warned against going out alone.


Describing the resort as radically different to other resorts owned by the Mark Warner travel firm, she added that a girl had been attacked in the area a year before Madeleine's disappearance.
 
Mark Warner, a global travel firm, quit Praia da Luz in 2015.

The nanny, who did not wish to be named but looked after Madeleine on a number of occasions, also criticised Portuguese police for their handling of the case, suggesting crucial opportunities to collect evidence were missed.

Describing the night the three-year-old was snatched, she told of how she attempted to comfort Mrs McCann, who was in a "catatonic state", while Mr McCann searched under cars in the area. 

“That’s the one thing I really remember from him, looking under the cars. I can’t forget that," she told the Daily Mirror.

“We were told to start looking in bins in case her body was in there. It was at that point we realised this was serious.”

The child minder said she and other staff at the Ocean Club resorted to searching through bins into the early hours of the morning in the hope of finding Madeleine.

She said: “It’s probably very naive, but the best case scenario of a very horrible situation, is that she was procured and taken for a rich person who didn’t have children.

“I can’t go anywhere else in my head.”

The nanny also claimed it took local police 90 minutes to arrive - by which time the crime scene, the apartment from which Madeleine had vanished, had been contaminated and potentially vital evidence lost.

She added she was astonished that Madeleine's parents were ever considered suspects.

“I know I didn’t step into that apartment but pretty much everybody else did. So, evidence gone, nothing. There was nobody there to say, ‘We need to lock this off now’," she added.

The former nanny said that when she was questioned by Metropolitan Police investigating the case, she discovered her five-page statement to Portuguese police had not been passed on to them in full, with key information missed out. 

Madeleine was mostly cared for by Catriona Baker, the nanny allocated to her, but other childminders would occasionally watch the toddler. The woman said she was a favourite among the carers, and remembered her "shy, very sweet" temperament.

The abduction occurred in May 2007 when the three-year-old was sleeping in the family's apartment with her siblings, twins Amelie and Sean.

At the time, her parents were eating dinner with friends at a restaurant around 40 yards away, something the former nanny described as completely normal in the resort. 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/17/madeleine-mccanns-former-nanny-breaks-silence-describe-night/
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Forsooth Mr Telegraph, forsooth bignono .

Mmmmm ....

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Post by Blackpied on 13.08.19 16:47

Probably the Telegraph wrote that twaddle a nanny would have
given her name for extra kudos with the McCanns
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Post by CaKeLoveR on 13.08.19 17:43

Is that a 'photo of the 'nannies'? Is nannying their second job, then?
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Post by sandancer on 13.08.19 17:50

@Verdi wrote:Another repeat example of the truth according to the British press..

Madeleine McCann's former nanny breaks silence to describe night three-year-old went missing


18 April 2017 • 8:08am

A child minder who had looked after Madeleine McCann has broken her silence about the night the three-year-old went missing 10 years ago.

The former nanny said the image of Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate, desperately trying to find their missing daughter still haunts her.

Speaking for the first time about the child's abduction, she recalled Mrs McCann crying and saying “they’ve taken her”.

The witness also claimed the Praia da Luz resort in which the McCanns were staying was considered so unsafe for nannies at the time that staff were handed rape alarms and warned against going out alone.


Describing the resort as radically different to other resorts owned by the Mark Warner travel firm, she added that a girl had been attacked in the area a year before Madeleine's disappearance.
 
Mark Warner, a global travel firm, quit Praia da Luz in 2015.

The nanny, who did not wish to be named but looked after Madeleine on a number of occasions, also criticised Portuguese police for their handling of the case, suggesting crucial opportunities to collect evidence were missed.

Describing the night the three-year-old was snatched, she told of how she attempted to comfort Mrs McCann, who was in a "catatonic state", while Mr McCann searched under cars in the area. 

“That’s the one thing I really remember from him, looking under the cars. I can’t forget that," she told the Daily Mirror.

“We were told to start looking in bins in case her body was in there. It was at that point we realised this was serious.”

The child minder said she and other staff at the Ocean Club resorted to searching through bins into the early hours of the morning in the hope of finding Madeleine.

She said: “It’s probably very naive, but the best case scenario of a very horrible situation, is that she was procured and taken for a rich person who didn’t have children.

“I can’t go anywhere else in my head.”

The nanny also claimed it took local police 90 minutes to arrive - by which time the crime scene, the apartment from which Madeleine had vanished, had been contaminated and potentially vital evidence lost.

She added she was astonished that Madeleine's parents were ever considered suspects.

“I know I didn’t step into that apartment but pretty much everybody else did. So, evidence gone, nothing. There was nobody there to say, ‘We need to lock this off now’," she added.

The former nanny said that when she was questioned by Metropolitan Police investigating the case, she discovered her five-page statement to Portuguese police had not been passed on to them in full, with key information missed out. 

Madeleine was mostly cared for by Catriona Baker, the nanny allocated to her, but other childminders would occasionally watch the toddler. The woman said she was a favourite among the carers, and remembered her "shy, very sweet" temperament.

The abduction occurred in May 2007 when the three-year-old was sleeping in the family's apartment with her siblings, twins Amelie and Sean.

At the time, her parents were eating dinner with friends at a restaurant around 40 yards away, something the former nanny described as completely normal in the resort. 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/17/madeleine-mccanns-former-nanny-breaks-silence-describe-night/
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Forsooth Mr Telegraph, forsooth bignono .

Mmmmm ....

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Where were they hiding the " rape alarms " then ?

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Post by Verdi on 17.08.19 2:02

Madeleine's mother turns to the church for comfort and strength

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Kate McCann is blessed by Father Haynes Hubbard during a special service in Praia da Luz yesterday

By Richard Edwards and Fiona Govan in Praia da Luz
12:01AM BST 11 May 2007

[For those who still believe the Telegraph published Madeleine McCann's disappearance at midnight on 3rd/4th May 2007 - please note time]

For seven days she has prayed for the ordeal to end. Yesterday Kate McCann, the mother of missing Madeleine, sought solace in church again.

Her Roman Catholic faith has given her strength, but the pain she is suffering in the face of the unknown is now visible in each step she takes.

In the absence of her husband, Gerry, Mrs McCann held on to an old school friend as she entered the local church she has visited regularly since her daughter went missing. Looking pale and drawn, she slipped into the front row. She was holding Madeleine's favourite toy, from which she has been inseparable since the ordeal began.

Many of the 200-strong congregation wept as they sang hymns. Mrs McCann fought to hold in her emotions as the vicar led prayers.Father Haynes Hubbard said: "We give to you little Madeleine, and ask your protection on her, we ask your grace to be upon her."

A tall Easter candle was placed at the front of the church as a symbol of light. Father Hubbard invited the congregation to come forward and touch it as they prayed for Madeleine's safe return.

Mrs McCann was the first to come forward. She stood silently touching it, her head bowed, and offered a short prayer. She left quietly during the final hymn.

The specially arranged prayer and communion was attended by around 200 people - hotel staff, tourists and parishioners of both Protestant and Roman Catholic churches.

The strong ex-pat community in the Algarve has become protective of Mrs McCann, and praised her bravery. Denise Ryans, who has lived in the Algarve for 12 years, said: "I am so pleased that Madeleine's mother felt strong enough to come to the service. I can't imagine what she is feeling.

"The fact that she was able to be here meant a lot. I was sitting behind her and could feel the emotion from her.

"The service was wonderful. It was a great comfort. We hope for the best. All we can do is pray."

In Britain the mother of a boy who was held captive nearly two months before being found safe and well said yesterday that she was praying for Madeleine.

Sally Jones spent 56 days desperately waiting for news of her four-year-old son, Simon, who had been held in a hostel only two miles from her home in Hemel Hempstead, Herts. Simon's kidnapper, Peter May, was jailed for 10 years last June.

Mrs Jones said: "You just go numb after a while. I had two other boys to look after, so that helped occupy my mind.

"My message to Madeleine's parents is 'You have got to hope until there is no hope.' "


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1551268/Madeleines-mother-turns-to-the-church-for-comfort-and-strength.html

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Madeleine dad saves man's life, then thief strikes

David Brown

June 21 2007 12:00 AM

THE father of Madeleine McCann helped to save the life of a fellow passenger who had collapsed on his flight to London - then had his wallet stolen shortly after landing.

Gerry McCann, a consultant cardiologist, was on an early-morning flight from Faro in Portugal when the crew appealed for anyone with medical training to help a man who had become ill.

Mr McCann (39), of Rothley, Leicestershire, England, helped to stabilise the passenger before he was taken to hospital after landing in England.

Following his arrival in London, he had his wallet stolen after taking money from a cash machine near the Foreign Office in Whitehall.

Irreplaceable

The wallet also contained irreplaceable photographs of Madeleine (4) who was taken from Praia da Luz in the Algarve 48 days ago.

He was beginning a 24-hour trip to Britain.

Although Mr McCann and his wife Kate, a locum GP, have flown many times before, it is the first time that either of them has had to go to someone's aid in the air as a doctor.

Mr McCann recalled the drama in his blog on the 'Find Madeleine' website: "Helped a passenger on the flight who collapsed. He was ill enough to require a full assessment on arrival and went off to hospital in an ambulance."

He added: "Unfortunately, shortly after arriving in London I had my wallet stolen which meant I was running late."

Mr McCann said that he managed to get to all his meetings, which involved interviewing candidates for the role of campaign manager, designed to keep Madeleine's profile high.

But he said it was finally time for the attention to be turned away from him and his wife, in order to allow them to look after their two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie.

Protecting

"The role for Kate and I in the campaign will not be nearly be so public," he said in his blog.

Tomorrow, however, the McCanns will go before the cameras again as they mark 50 days since Madeleine disappeared with the simultaneous release of 50 green and yellow balloons in around 50 countries.

Meanwhile, Portuguese detectives are investigating claims from a holidaymaker that a girl resembling Madeleine was seen three weeks ago in the back of a horse-drawn cart close to where she was abducted.

Andre van Wyk (66), a retired pilot, said a woman in the cart quickly covered the sleeping child's face with a shawl.

He had been so suspicious, he said, that he trailed the cart to a gypsy camp near the town of Portimao, about ten miles from where Madeleine disappeared. (©The Times, London)

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/madeleine-dad-saves-mans-life-then-thief-strikes-26298846.html

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McCanns hope that someone wanted a daughter


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Gerry and Kate McCann with their twins in Praia Da Luz yesterday

By Richard Edwards and Fiona Govan in Praia da Luz and Sally Peck

12:01AM BST 01 Jun 2007

The parents of Madeleine McCann said they were clinging on to the hope that the four-year-old is safe and being looked after by someone who wanted a daughter of their own.

Speaking today from Madrid, where they have flown to highlight the plight of their missing daughter, Kate and Gerry McCann said they believed that she was still alive because they have no evidence to suggest otherwise.

Mr McCann said: "We also pray that the person who has her gives her up voluntarily and drops her at a church or a safe place". It is now 29 days since Madeleine was taken from her bed in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.

As the McCanns prepared to launch their European search, the police investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine looked increasingly desperate last night as detectives revealed they were following tip-offs from clairvoyants.

Intensive searches and a highly scrutinised police inquiry have failed to secure a breakthrough in the search for the girl four weeks after she was abducted.

Police faced further ridicule last night as it was revealed they were trawling through hundreds of reports from British and Portuguese psychics claiming to know the whereabouts of Madeleine. One alleged vision had led them to search in Seville in Spain.

The Judicial Police, who are leading the inquiry, said they had two dossiers, 3ins thick, of apparent visions of the little girl, and are following them up on the basis that one could be from the abductor.

Police spokesman Olegario Sousa said: "We can't put these messages in the bin. We must check them all in case it might be from the kidnapper."

Mr Sousa said some descriptions were as vague as dreams about a man in a house with trees and a road. But he said that others include precise locations or co-ordinates, which they will follow up.

"Just a few days ago we got one address near Lagos but it didn't amount to anything," he said. He added that it was only one line of investigation.

In another surprising move, Portuguese police last week instructed their counterparts in Britain to raid an address in south London in the belief that Madeleine may have been inside.

Debbie Seepersad's property in south Norwood was searched but nothing was found.

She said she had never been to Portugal and had no connections to Madeleine. She said: "I really thought it was a wind-up."

Criticism has mounted against the police investigation, which local media say has "stalled".

Mark Williams-Thomas, a former detective who worked on the Sarah Payne murder inquiry and other paedophile investigations, said: "You have to say that they made serious errors. They did not do the basics. A major window of opportunity was lost."

After accusations of initial tardiness, Portuguese police have thrown all their resources into finding Madeleine. Up to 1,100 officers were working on the case at one stage.

Robert Murat remains a formal suspect and others are still being investigated. His friend Sergey Malinka has been assisting police but is not a suspect.

Mr Sousa said: "We are not sitting here with our arms crossed doing nothing."

Mr and Mrs McCann are expected to meet police chiefs again in the next few days for an update on the case.

Asked whether he was privy to any information from police which gave him extra hope, Mr McCann said: "We may have little bits of extra information. There are points we have. The investigation is as good as it is ever going to get. It has been four weeks now and it has evolved. We are hopeful.

"When Madeleine went missing it started off with us thinking in terms of minutes until we found her. Then minutes became hours, days and now weeks."

Mr McCann said although Madeleine's abduction was a parent's worst nightmare, they had found comfort from their two other children, two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, who are being looked after by relatives in Portugal while the McCanns make their trips around Europe.

Early next week the pair will continue their mission to find Madeleine with a trip to Berlin and Amsterdam.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1553321/McCanns-hope-that-someone-wanted-a-daughter.html

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When the spotlight fades ....

By Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt - 31st May 2007

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Can't help thinking how the McCanns are turning - being turned? - into celebrities.

Meeting the Pope, offers of help from billionaires and pop stars, and ordinary people scrambling to kiss and touch them.

It's all getting the publicity they want and need to keep Madeleine's image in newspapers and on TV, but where will it end and how will they cope with the let-down after being swamped with so much attention?

They hope it will end in the return of Madeleine. But what if it doesn't? How long can they maintain their efforts to keep the media spotlight on the search for their daughter?

Our own crew are leaving Praia da Luz, along with other TV teams, though newspaper reporters will stay a bit longer. Soon the McCanns will walk out of their apartment and no-one will be there to take their photograph or film their stroll through the resort. And they will feel so deflated.

The publicity is being generated in the hope that all who are aware of the family's plight will look for Madeleine and report any potential sighting. But it's not easy.

On my last night in Praia da Luz I sat in a restaurant and saw two English girls who looked like Madeleine. Because they were playing happily as part of a family group I thought little of it and certainly didn't inquire more or report it. Nor did anyone else in the restaurant. What if I had? How quickly would the police have responded?

I remember, a few years ago, leaving a press conference in Sussex after police had appealed for help in finding missing Sarah Payne's blue dress.

A mile down the road I spotted some blue material caught in a hedgerow. I called the police, stationed my camera crew close by and waited for what could have been a great scoop. After several hours we gave up and I still don't know if the police ever responded to my call.

The publicity and £2.5 million reward must be prompting thousand of calls like that to the Portuguese police. They've told us about only one of them - and that was after pressure from the McCann family.

Remember to call police on 0800 0961233 if you have any information about Madeleine.

If you have holiday snaps taken at the Ocean Club resort in the two weeks up to May 3rd, the day she disappeared, you should upload them to

[Acknowledgement pamalam, gerrymccannsblogs]





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Post by Blackpied on 31.08.19 18:39

I can't understand how the McCanns could have meetings with the
Police to see how the"case"was progressing when the police knew
100% what happened,unless they are as thick as a whale sandwich.
But of course they have been warned to stick to the "abduction"fable
or face the consequences or they might be missing a spine.
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CCTV of Madeleine McCann 'snatcher' was deleted before officers could get to it

By the time Portuguese detectives spoke to the owners of the CCTV at the hotel Estrela da Luz, the film had been wiped
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Tom Pettifor

  • 00:00, 19 OCT 2013
  • Updated13:04, 19 OCT 2013


The new prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was probably caught on CCTV - but the film was wiped.
A man seen carrying a child around the time Madeleine vanished would have walked directly through a section of road that was covered by a camera.

But by the time Portuguese detectives spoke to the owners of the CCTV at the hotel Estrela da Luz, the film had been wiped.

The spot is a few hundred yards from the apartment where Madeleine vanished in Praia da Luz, Portugal, and is on the route that the suspect would have taken before being spotted by Irishman Martin Smith.

Goncalo Amaral, the controversial Portuguese detective who led the original investigation, said he is convinced the suspect was captured on the camera.

Mr Amaral said: “I believe that the person carrying a child in his arms was captured on film from that very camera.

“I asked my officers to gather all the CCTV footage in Luz but, by the time they got to this hotel, the film from this camera had been wiped over.

"It was a mistake and I will always regret it. I do feel Madeleine was let down.”

Recorded CCTV footage is only retained for a limited time period normally ranging between 48 hours and 30 days.

It is unclear how long it took Amaral’s team to get to the hotel after Madeleine went missing.

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Madeleine McCann:  Chief reporter Andy Lines retraces the route of the prime suspect



The route of the potential abductor begins at apartment 5A of the Ocean Club, from where the three-year-old disappeared on May 3, 2007.

The man would have crossed a road leading to a poorly lit route alongside waste ground.

After a few steps he would have passed the CCTV camera belonging to the hotel.

Walking alongside the waste ground, the suspect would have entered a narrow street called Rua da Escola Primaria where he was spotted by Mr Smith, a retired business executive.

The man with the child continued down the hill and would have come to a crossroads. Opposite the junction was an empty villa with a large garden with a door giving access from the street.

Mr Amaral said his team spent a lot of time examining the villa for traces of Madeleine or her abductor but none was found.

He said three years ago that any new investigation should fully consider the statement of Mr Smith. Speaking in November 2010 Mr Amaral said: “I hope this is seriously examined because it is an important aspect of the case.”

Scotland Yard detectives released an image of the suspect this week as part of their new probe into the case.

A team of British officers are expected to return to Portugal next week to continue the hunt.

They are working with six Portuguese detectives as they use the data to work out who was in the village at the time Madeleine vanished.

The new Portuguese team have been working in Praia da Luz since August as they build up the most detailed picture ever created of the movements of individuals in the town around the time she vanished.

Though great emphasis has been placed on the new suspect and the 10pm sighting detectives continue to analyse phone records.

Scotland Yard officers are analysing data from phones belonging to people in the village at the time - 41 people of interest have been identified.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cctv-madeleine-mccann-snatcher-deleted-2467839
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Oh look, October 2013 - it coincides with the launch of the Operation Grange illicit 're-investigation'

The intelligent #makesyerfinkdunnit tabloid strikes again.

Well here's something to think about - maybe, just maybe, there wasn't any CCTV footage to wipe.  Maybe, just maybe, there wasn't any stranger walking the streets of Luz, carrying an inert child, around 22:00h on the night of Thursday 3rd May 2007.  A simpler, more logical explanation I feel.  This stranger sighting is all too convenient for my liking, if indeed there is any substance to the alleged sighting then I feel confident in saying it wasn't Gerry McCann or any one connected thereto, carrying the body of Madeleine McCann or a substitute child, around the streets of Luz.  It's too ridiculous and convenient to contemplate - why not use a hold-all, or even a blanket?  Far less conspicuous!

Chasing shadows I think is the expression.

But then, we've been this way before.

My advice to the intelligent tabloid - forget amateur detectiving, sorry investigative journalising, and stick to what your good at .... salacious gossip mongering.

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If I go out now, this minute, and pass a stranger walking in a north westerly direction - can I figure out where the stranger is going, what route the stranger will take after passing by?

The answer is short and to the point - no!  If you will indulge me by permitting a little poetic licence - that's an emphatic no!


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Master of media circus for Madeleine McCann

Clarence Mitchell is not backward about coming forward for Gerry and Kate McCann.


7:22PM BST 24 Apr 2008

The first anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann will be marked next week with a two-hour television documentary which is the highlight of a carefully stage-managed publicity offensive.

The fly-on-the wall documentary on ITV1 of Gerry and Kate McCann has been organised by Clarence Mitchell, their official spokesman. The Portuguese press first referred to him as the "man in the shadows" when he took the job full-time in Praia da Luz in September.

The newspapers were reporting the (as usual) private views of the Portuguese police that Mitchell, 47, had been sent in by Gordon Brown, no less – when he was Chancellor – to spy on the investigation, which had been portrayed in Britain as amateur and cack-handed.

But the Portuguese media were wrong on both counts. Mitchell would have had at best only a nodding acquaintance with junior ministers, let alone Mr Brown. As director of media monitoring at the Central Office of Information, he was a back room boy but has never been in the shadows of the police operation.

The former BBC television reporter has loved being centre stage before the cameras in an investigation that has transfixed the world's media. "He is on the TV much more than he ever was when he worked for the BBC," said one former colleague.

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So much so that photographers regularly have to shout at Mitchell to get out of the way when they are taking pictures of the McCanns. He remains at his fixed point by their shoulder even during photo-shoots, bucking the trend of media minders who avoid being photographed at all costs.

Mitchell has become such a familiar figure in his open-necked pink shirts that he is recognised in the street and is stopped so often on the forecourts of petrol stations that he now jokes it is because he has forgotten to pay his bill.

After almost 30 years as a journalist, he knows what makes a story and has been extraordinarily successful in maintaining a strong interest in Madeleine.

When interest has faltered he has invariably constructed a story or recruited a big name – even the American First Lady, Laura Bush, is on-side – to a campaign driven by parents who accepted early on that the media was a necessary partner.

Nevertheless, the documentary next Wednesday has provoked controversy because ITV1 has scheduled it against the BBC's The Apprentice as part of its ratings war.

The move has led to the accusation that Mitchell has allowed the parents to be exploited by a commercial broadcaster. The fact that Mentorn, the production company making the programme, has given £10,000 to the Find Madeleine fund has not diminished the fuss: the money will be more than recouped from syndication.

ITV1, with the help of Mitchell, has kept other media organisations from the McCanns during the five weeks of the access deal with Mentorn. The company has secured unseen footage of Mrs McCann, 40, her husband, 39, and their three-year-old twins behind the door of their home in Rothley, Leics.

It includes Mrs McCann breaking down in tears as she recalls the night Madeleine went missing. But Mitchell will be undeterred by the barbs, believing the two-hour documentary the best way to ensure that the search for Madeleine goes global again. This is what he is paid to do.

He always wanted to be a journalist and after O-levels at Friern Barnet School, Finchley, where he was head boy, he joined the Barnet & Potters Bar Times and then a BBC training scheme.

In a varied career he covered the Soham murders and, for two years from 2003, the Iraq war.

He was also on the royal beat when he was known – not very imaginatively – as "Clarence House". But it was as a presenter on various BBC news programmes that he hoped to make his career after years on the road. His spell doing hourly bulletins on News 24 is best remembered for him sleeping through a 3am slot, which had to be filled by a somewhat dishevelled producer. He became close to the McCanns after being sent twice by the Foreign Office to look after them when there were 40 camera crews outside their Portuguese apartment.

As a father of three children, aged two to 11, he has gone through the same agonies as many other parents who feared it could have happened to them. His £70,000 salary, equivalent to what he earned in the Civil Service, is being paid by the double-glazing magnate Brian Kennedy, who has bankrolled much of the McCann campaign.

Surrendering his Civil Service pension will be compensated by the future benefits of his role in helping to make Madeleine's the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history. Offers are coming in for book, broadcast, and lecture circuit opportunities when he returns to "ordinary life" – and even Mohamed Fayed is rumoured to be interested in hiring him.

Mitchell divides his time between his home in Bath, London, and Rothley and speaks to the McCanns every day. They are grateful to him for raising the profile of the search across Europe and North Africa, through visits to Morocco, Italy, Spain and Germany. But the revelation that they were flying in a private jet was a bear trap that Mitchell should have spotted, and the couple flew home from a trip to Portugal on easyJet.

Mitchell was, as usual, only a few feet away from the couple when they met the Pope in St Peter's Square. He was so overcome he reached out to grasp the papal hand and was rewarded with a blessing and a set of rosary beads from one of the priests in the Pontiff's retinue.

While calm in public, he has often blown up behind the scenes at reporters and is occasionally guilty of overdoing briefings.
In the last few weeks his public approach has changed, bluntly blaming the Portugese police for leaking statements from Mr and Mrs McCann that revealed Madeleine was left crying the night before she vanished.

Mitchell moved from the shadows to being branded a "manipulative liar" by the police and the row ensured once more that the McCanns returned to front pages across Europe. It was a job well done by the man at the centre of the story in his own right.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1902515/Master-of-media-circus-for-Madeleine-McCann.html
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What happened to Madeleine McCann? A timeline of the events

Aug 23, 2019


Government pledges funding to keep the investigation open to 2020

Madeleine McCann: new funding keeps search alive

27 March 2018

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have been granted new funding nearly 11 years after she vanished, the Home Office has confirmed.

The search, codenamed Operation Grange, began in 2007 after the disappearance of McCann from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal. She was three years old at the time.

Funding for the search has been agreed every six months since McCann’s disappearance, with £154,000 granted from October last year until the end of March, bringing the total so far to £11m, Sky News reports.

An application for further funding issued by the Metropolitan Police to keep the investigation open has now been approved by the Government.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The Government remains committed to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

“We have briefed the MPS [Metropolitan Police Service] that its application for Special Grant funding for Operation Grange will be granted.”

Investigators said in April last year that a “critical line of inquiry” was still being pursued, the BBC reports, although the number of UK officers investigating the case was cut from 29 to four in 2015.

Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, have also hired a series of private detectives to take on the search after Portuguese police closed their investigation 15 months after she went missing.

22 August 2017

Scotland Yard to request money for Madeleine McCann case

Scotland Yard will be asking for more money to continue its £11m government-funded investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal a decade ago, Sky News reports.

The funding for "Operation Grange", which re-opened in 2011 at the request of then-prime minister David Cameron, expires at the end of September.

According to Sky News, detectives want to resolve one final investigative lead. A source told the news site: "We will be asking for more money because we need to complete the work we are doing. It is complicated and not as straightforward as we had hoped, but it is worth doing."

The Home Office, which hasn't yet received a request for further funding, has spent £11m financing the investigation.
This has led some to question whether to grant more money, reports The Mirror.

However, given the "media interest and political drive" to resolve the case, the government may be reluctant to refuse a funding request, former detective Peter Kirkham told Sky News.

Madeleine McCann: The most common theories ten years on


3 May
 
Ten years after Madeleine McCann vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, and police appear no closer to solving the mystery of her whereabouts.

An £11m investigation by British forces, together with a Portuguese police operation and several private investigators, has so far failed to offer any definitive evidence about what happened to the three-year-old.

However, a multitude of theories have been circulated by private detectives, former police officers and thousands of amateur online sleuths.

Here are a few of the most popular theories about what happened.

Burglary gone wrong

One leading idea is that Madeleine woke to find an intruder in the property, where she was sleeping with her younger siblings. Proponents of the theory say the would-be burglar panicked and took the toddler with him rather than risk detection or identification.

However, says Sky News, the annals of crime overwhelmingly suggest "such a spontaneous act is likely to lead to mistakes, a trail of evidence and detection" and this clearly was not the case.

Nevertheless, Scotland Yard is reportedly still pursuing a botched burglary as a line of inquiry, although Portuguese police have dismissed it.

Human trafficking
Private detectives in 2007 claimed they had uncovered evidence that human trafficking "spotters" could have been operating in Praia da Luz at the time of the abduction.

Their theory is that Madeleine may have been "hidden and handed over to a child trafficker two days after she went missing and taken to Morocco", the Daily Mirror reports. From there, she could have been smuggled to Mauritania, a hub for the trade in trafficked children.

Many people believe abduction by a skilled human trafficking gang is the "most logical explanation" for how Madeleine was able to vanish without a trace, says Sky News.

Abduction by a paedophile

It has been suggested that Madeleine was targeted by a paedophile, a theory bolstered by the news that a ten-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Praia da Luz two years before the toddler vanished, as well as reports of other children being assaulted by intruders in holiday homes elsewhere in the Algarve.

However, exhaustive investigation of known paedophiles and sex offenders in the area - including a convicted British child molester living on a nearby campsite - uncovered no evidence connecting anyone to Madeleine's disappearance.

Madeleine McCann: 'Critical lead could provide an answer'


26 April

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann say they have a critical lead left to pursue which "could provide an answer", a senior Scotland Yard official has said.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: "I know we have a significant line of inquiry which is worth pursuing and because it's worth pursuing it could provide an answer," he said. "But until we've gone through it, I won't know whether we are going to get there or not."

While Rowley said going into detail on specific theories or suspects could "spoil" the operation, the BBC reports, []http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39706194] he made it clear there was no "definitive evidence" indicating what happened on the night of 3 May 2007 or whether Madeleine was still alive.

"However she left that apartment, she's been abducted," he said. "We've got some thoughts on what we think the most likely explanations might be and we are pursuing those."

He also defended the Home Office's decision to award more funding to extend the investigation for another six months.
The British police investigation has so far cost more than £11m, although the operation has been scaled down from its peak of 30 full-time detectives to just four.

Madeleine vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal as her parents Kate and Gerry McCann ate with friends in a nearby restaurant.

Next month marks the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, something the McCanns said was "a horrible marker of time, stolen time", Sky News reports.

Writing on the Official Find Madeleine Campaign page on Facebook, Kate McCann said: "When Madeleine first disappeared I couldn't even begin to consider anything in terms of years. And now here we are, Madeleine, our Madeleine - ten years.

"It's likely to be stressful and painful and more so given the rehashing of old 'stories', misinformation, half-truths and downright lies which will be doing the rounds in the newspapers, social media and 'special edition' TV programmes."

Madeleine McCann 'sold to rich family', says former policeman


24 April


Madeleine McCann may have been kidnapped by slave traders and sold to a rich family in North Africa or the Middle East, a former Scotland Yard detective has suggested.


Almost ten years ago this week, Madeleine McCann, from Leicestershire, went missing from a holiday apartment complex in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, while her parents Kate and Gerry dined in a nearby restaurant.


Though few leads have ever come to fruition, it has now been hypothesised that the three-year-old could have been smuggled by ferry to North Africa for sale to a wealthy family.


Mauritania in north-west Africa is home to numerous gangs that have been known to sell youngsters as slaves to rich families in the Middle East, reports the Daily Record.

Former Metropolitan Police detective Colin Sutton told the Daily Mirror: "The Mauritania line is certainly a possibility and needs to be looked at.

"If someone wanted to get a three-year-old child into Africa it’s the obvious route. The infrastructure and contacts for people smuggling are clearly there."


Sutton's theory comes after it was revealed a girl described as "identical" to McCann was spotted "on a key trafficking route in Morocco shortly after she vanished", writes The London Evening Standard.

According to reports, the girl "looked sad" and asked the man she was with: "Can we see mummy soon?"


It is not known if police investigating McCann's disappearance are looking into the possibility of her being trafficked to Mauritania.


However, private detectives hired by Kate and Gerry McCann say there are "strong reasons" to believe she was originally taken to Morocco, which is in close proximity to Mauritania.


https://www.theweek.co.uk/madeleine-mccann/53972/what-happened-to-madeleine-mccann-timeline-of-events/page/0/2

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Post by Blackpied on 07.09.19 13:12

Sutton's initial theory suggested something happened in the apartment.He then decided on a question and answer shows around 
the country with the armchair detective,when that failed his theory
changed to abduction to North Africa.Was he warned off I wonder.
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Post by Verdi on 07.09.19 15:30

@Blackpied wrote:Sutton's initial theory suggested something happened in the apartment.He then decided on a question and answer shows around 
the country with the armchair detective,when that failed his theory
changed to abduction to North Africa.Was he warned off I wonder.
Nah, a sofa queen I reckon.

He doesn't have to publicly speak about the case, he was never officially involved, yet he never misses an opportunity for an interview.

The Alan 'armchair detective' Vinnicombe Roadshow is a disgrace.  How dare they, or anyone else for that matter, capitalize on the name of a missing three year old child.

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Post by Verdi on 09.09.19 12:43

'Proof' McCanns did not sedate Madeleine

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Kate McCann is kept awake by thoughts of Madeleine returning home, according to her mother 

By Caroline Gammell
2:48PM BST 19 Oct 2007

Lawyers for Kate and Gerry McCann have gathered scientific evidence proving that the couple did not sedate their children as they fight to clear their names over the disappearance of their eldest daughter.



It has been repeatedly alleged in Portugal that the couple, who are formal suspects or arguidos in the case, gave the four-year-old an accidental overdose of drugs and then panicked and hid her body.
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The couple, both 39, has always dismissed these claims as “utterly ludicrous” and insisted they never gave any of their three children - including two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie - any such medication.

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Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry have never used sedatives on their children and any suggestion to the contrary is both offensive and defamatory.

“The lawyers working on their behalf are constantly assessing all the aspects of the case and will take action as they deem appropriate.”

It is understood the couple’s legal team hired forensic specialists to examine hair samples from the twins, who were in the same room as Madeleine in the Ocean Club apartment in Praia da Luz when she disappeared an May 3, and no trace of sedative was found.

A source close to the legal team said: “It would be logical for tests to be carried out on the twins to show that they have never been given sedatives.

“It would be right to say those tests show no evidence of sedatives in their systems. It backs up Kate and Gerry’s claims that they have never sedated the children and explains why they are so certain they can prove that the allegation is just another smear.”

Life is slowly returning to normal for the McCanns, with the twins back at nursery and the media attention dying down.
Mrs McCann does not intend to return to work but Mr McCann is expected to go back to his cardiology position at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester before Christmas.

A friend of the couple said Mr McCann would have probably already returned to work had the couple not been made arguidos on September 7.

They will remain suspects for eight months, unless Portuguese police request a three month extension and if no charges have been brought, they can apply for the status to be dropped.

As the couple fight to clear their name, prime minister Gordon Brown spoke to his Portuguese counterpart Jose Socrates about Madeleine during an EU summit in Lisbon.

Mr Brown has followed the case closely and was in direct contact with Mr McCann via mobile phone when he was still Chancellor.

Mr Brown’s official spokesman said: “They both agreed what matters was there should be the closest possible co-operation between the Portuguese and British police.”

The Portuguese authorities came under fire last night in a documentary in which a team of UK criminal investigators claimed local police missed opportunities to find forensic evidence in the hours after Madeleine disappeared.

Professor Dave Barclay, a forensic analyst, told a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary the evidence might have cleared her parents of involvement on day one.

He said police should have been “more aggressive” in protecting the family’s holiday apartment from being contaminated. “It’s clear that the forensic examination on the first day wasn’t what we would have expected,” he said.

“There were opportunities missed. And one of those opportunities did a great disservice to the McCanns.”

Chris Stevens, a former detective superintendent, said after an examination of the scene that a potential abductor could have been in and out of the apartment in “less than a minute”.

The team also identified another potential hole in the investigation.

The large industrial bins around the Ocean Club complex provided a possible hiding place for a body.

They were emptied as normal between midnight and 4am on the night Madeleine disappeared despite the search still going on, the programme said.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1566664/Proof-McCanns-did-not-sedate-Madeleine.html

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Post by Verdi on 11.09.19 0:40

British grandmother buys apartment Madeleine McCann vanished from in Praia da Luz for half the asking price

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An external view of The Ocean Club' appartments in Praia da Luz in Portugal where Madeleine McCann went missing Credit: Jane Mingay

   Rozina Sabur

24 February 2017 • 2:01am

A British grandmother has bought the apartment in Portugal where Madeleine McCann vanished for half the asking price.

Kathleen Macguire-Cotton, who is in her sixties, is believed to have bought the apartment in Praia da Luz on Portugal’s Algarve for just £113,000.

Identical properties in the Ocean Complex have been on sale for £255,000. [how much affraid   ?]

Mrs Macguire-Cotton revealed she is often offered money by passersby to see inside the flat, but has always declined requests out of respect.

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Gerry McCann who has returned to Praia da Luz in 2009, to advise private detectives filming a reconstruction of her disappearance Credit: PA

The apartment's former British owner, Ruth McCann [no relation - apparently], had spent years trying to sell the two-bedroom flat unsuccessfully.

Some tour guides are known to run trips related to the toddler's disappearance around Praia da Luz, taking in the flat and the restaurant her parents were eating at on the fateful night when the three-year=old went missing.

She told The Sun: “I’ve been offered money by the whole world but I’m not interested.

“I don’t think that’s very fair to the McCann family or the people of Praia da Luz, upsetting everybody – it’s terrible.

“It happened a long time ago and I don’t have any opinions on it.”

Three-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing from the Portuguese resort in May 2007 while her parents Jerry and Kate went for a meal nearby with friends.

Police believe the toddler - who would now be 13 - was kidnapped after a bungled break-in.

The widow, from Southport, Merseyside said she stays in the property herself after buying it a number of years ago.

The grandmother told friends she plans to spend most of the year in the resort as part of her retirement plans.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/24/british-grandmother-buys-apartment-madeleine-mccann-vanished/

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Again these people need a gentle reminder - the official police force in charge of the investigation, the PJ (not the UK) concluded very early on, there was no evidence of a break-in and/or stranger abduction.

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Madeleine McCann complained to mother Kate about being left crying alone

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Watch: Kate and Gerry's anger at leaked interview 


By Caroline Gammell in Brussels
7:40PM BST 10 Apr 2008

Madeleine McCann complained to her mother after she was left crying and alone on the night before she disappeared, leaked police documents have disclosed.




The little girl, then aged three, spoke to Kate McCann at breakfast the following morning and said: "Mummy, why didn’t you come when we were crying last night?"
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The question prompted Mrs McCann and her husband Gerry to discuss keeping a closer on eye on their children. However, just a few hours after that conversation, Madeleine vanished from their holiday apartment in the Algarve.

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Friends said they now believe Madeleine’s comment could even be a clue that an intruder was in the flat on the night before her disappearance and that they briefly disturbed her before fleeing.

The detailed revelations about Kate and her husband Gerry McCann’s last day with Madeleine emerged during the couple’s trip to Brussels on Thursday where they called for the establishment of a missing child alert system.

However, Mr and Mrs McCann were furious that their witness statements – the subject of Portuguese secrecy laws – were released on the same day that they tried to promote child welfare and safety.

Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said they were angry and disappointed at the leaks, saying: "The only reason this has come out is because of Kate and Gerry’s utter honesty in their original statements.

"It is very curious that this is being released now, having been sitting in the police files for 11 months. The timing of this is frankly suspicious."

Mr Mitchell demanded an internal police inquiry in Portugal into how the leak occurred: "We would be very interested to know what the Portuguese justice minister would say about how this has emerged from the police files on the day that it has, in the way that it has.

"Kate and Gerry have been nothing but honest and open and they have been the victims of leaks and smears."

A friend of the couple went further, describing the leak as a "blatantly cynical attempt to smear them".

"The minute that you talk about Madeleine crying is the minutes that the vultures will move in and this is why this has been leaked."

He said the McCanns were conducting half hourly checks on Madeleine, so they were surprised to learn that she had been crying.

"It wasn’t really a complaint or a scolding from Madeleine, it was a comment in the morning."

Mr and Mrs McCann, who are suspects in their daughter’s disappearance but have not been accused of any wrong-doing, have never discussed the events of the day of her disappearance - May 3 last year - because of secrecy laws.

But in extracts read out on Spanish broadcaster Telecinco’s late morning programme El Programa de Ana Rosa, it emerged that Mrs McCann had told police about a conversation she had with Madeleine on the morning she disappeared.

The little girl, then aged three, spoke to her mother because she had left her and twins Sean and Amelie alone in the night.

Mrs McCann’s statement said: "While we were having breakfast, Madeleine said: 'Mummy, why didn’t you come when we were crying last night?’.

"Gerry and I spoke for a couple of minutes and agreed to keep a closer watch over the children."

After Madeleine’s disappearance, Mr and Mrs McCann were criticised for leaving their children while their dined at a tapas restaurant nearby and have spoken of their guilt for leaving them alone.

In his witness statement, Mr McCann told police that workmen had gone into their holiday apartment two days before Madeleine vanished to fix a broken window shutter in the main bedroom.




He told police he had checked on Madeleine and the twins at around 9pm on May 3. "She was breathing softly and I thought how beautiful she looked. I thought it was quite hot and I didn’t need to cover her up."

He went on: "Kate came running to the bar and said Madeleine’s not there, someone has taken her."

"I thought it couldn’t be and ran towards the apartment along the same route as always. I looked everywhere.

"I returned to the children room I tried to think what could have happened. To my surprise I realised I could lift up the window shutters without effort and almost without making noise."

The disclosures came as the McCanns announced they would not go back to Portugal to mark the anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance.

Because they do not believe they will be cleared of their arguido status before May 3, they said they will not return to Praia da Luz for the anniversary.

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Portuguese detectives want the McCanns to go to the Algarve for a reconstruction but the couple’s lawyers are concerned about being summoned back to Portugal.

The McCanns are reluctant to go until the "cloud of suspicion" surrounding them is lifted.

Mr McCann, 39, said: "We do not know how long we are going to be arguidos.

"The reconstruction is still under discussion. We are not quite sure what form it is going to take, whether it will be a Crimewatch style programme with actors.

"We support anything that would jog people’s memories, but we will certainly not go back on May 3."

Mr and Mrs McCann went to Belgium to garner support for the missing child alert system.

Addressing MEPs at the European Parliament, Mrs McCann, 40, said she believed such a system might have helped find their daughter.

"I believe the chances of recovering Madeleine would have been higher, it would have improved our chances.

"I am unable to convey to you just how totally devastating Madeleine’s abduction was, it has been totally awful."

Mrs McCann held a photograph of Madeleine as she made her address to the European parliament and kept her daughter’s favourite toy Cuddle Cat in her handbag

"If anyone wanted to inflict the maximum pain on us, they certainly achieved that," she said. "But that pales into insignificance when you think of what Madeleine has been through – the fear, absolute fear that she has had to endure.

"We implore you to support our declaration. Please do not wait for another child and family to suffer as we have."

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/1584584/Madeleine-McCann-complained-to-mother-Kate-about-being-left-crying-alone.html

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