Madeleine McCann: Michael Dixon and Missing Person’s Factsheets
Families of missing people are offered more support
Leaflets containing information for UK families of those who go missing are being published following criticism by the mother of Madeleine McCann.
Some good has come of the her daughter’s vanishing.
In the summer the first Parliamentary inquiry into the issue was told by Kate McCann there was a “complete gap” in help for those affected. The National Policing Improvement Agency has responded by publishing factsheets giving practical advice.
Well, she was not alone. Michael Dixon’s family got little to no help when he went missing. Ben Needham’s mum got practically no help. They have all told their stories. Neither get a mention in the BBC article. The story is, as ever it was, about Madeleine McCann:
Joe Apps, manager of the NPIA’s Missing Persons Bureau, said: “Family members suffer great distress when someone goes missing and often they don’t know where to turn or what to do. These factsheets aim to help them in the same way that victims of crime get practical advice and information.”
Good. It can only help.
In June, Kate McCann, whose daughter vanished in Portugal in 2007, told MPs it should not be down to “grieving parents” to search for their children.