Madeleine McCann Category
News digests and reviews of the missing child in the news. Madeleine McCann vanished on Thursday, 3 May 2007 from a rented holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Madeleine, on holiday with her twin siblings and parents Kate and Gerry McCann,became the biggest news story of the past decade. We’ve followed it closely ever since the story broke.
MORE on Madeleine McCann now. And we seem to be brewing up for a summer of Maddie.
Summer is a slow and lazy time for news hacks – it’s why no wars are declared in the summer and our boys in Iraq and Afghanistan spend the balmy season playing cricket and singing Agadoo.
The Irish Independent yells: “Sacked police chief points finger at McCanns”
THE former police officer thrown off the Madeleine McCann case is set to attack her parents again in a TV documentary.
The Archbishop writes his sermons with Google key words in mind:
“Football has come a long way since members of the Aston Villa Church Bible Class formed a football team in 1874 and the members of St Domingo’s Bible Class started playing football at Stanley Park in 1884.
“But when Villa take on Everton this afternoon for the riches of European glory, they would do well to recall the faith of their founders and to abandon the amnesia of their heritage.”
Only a loon would not think it good news that missing persons were found, preferably alive and well. But why these two? Does the Bishop write his sermon on Google News in mind?
Sky: Dr John Sentamu said he could not imagine the pain and suffering endured by the families of the missing. But he said the Easter celebration of the triumph of life over death should inspire people never to give up hoping they will be found.
The Daily Star bring the world the news : “THE TWINS NOW KNOW MADDIE WAS TAKEN.”
THE twin brother and sister of Madeleine McCann now know that she was taken away from them. And they still talk about her every day, says their dad Gerry.
THE news of Madeleine McCann is – as ever – not about the missing child: it’s about her parents. Gerry and Kate McCann are innocent but still we stare.
The latest flurry of news is that posters of the missing child have been ripped down in Praia da Luz.
Irish Herald: Letters.
I find it astonishing that posters of missing child Madeleine McCann have been torn down in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz. All he’s doing is trying to keep the memory of his daughter alive, in the hope that one day she will be found.
ANGRY locals barracked Gerry McCann as he filmed a reconstruction in the resort where daughter Maddeleine vanished. One sacked worker raged at Gerry: “Go home, leave us alone” while others ripped down posters put up for a fresh appeal…
The competition is – as ever – Tabloid Bingo – the writer’s challenge to link Madeleine McCann with any major news event. Your caller toay is MIRIAM O’CALLAGHAN, of the Irish Times.
Irish Times: “An ogre of the Apennines called on L’Aquila”
Midst the ochre, azure, terracotta and mimosa, there are jagged black holes from which men, women and children are being pulled: barely alive, barely dead.
Gerry McCann is in Portugal. Is Madeleine McCann?
Daily Mirror: “KATE: I’LL NEVER GO BACK TO PORTUGAL”
It’s the place where she last saw her daughter alive, but Kate McCann has declared she will never return to Praia da Luz.
So Kate McCann is not in Praia da Luz. The search continues for Madeleine McCann. And the Mirror is talking about… Kate McCann:
Heart surgeon Gerry was heckled by angry villagers who blame the youngster’s disappearance for job losses in the resort after a dip in visitors.
Gerry McCann has returned to Portugal. Now read on…
Sunday Mirror: “Madeleine McCann’s dad to relive kidnap”
For our entertainment?
MADELEINE McCann’s dad Gerry was last night back at the spot where she vanished two years ago – to film a reconstruction of the mystery. He hopes to spur a fresh wave of interest in the hunt for the tot, who would be six next month.
But heartbroken mum Kate will not be in the Channel 4 Cutting Edge documentary.
The family of missing Malton chef Claudia Lawrence will be going through “absolute hell”, the media advisor for Gerry and Kate McCann has said.
The full report on Madeleine McCann.
The problem is that more youngsters Madonna hangs out with, the older she looks. She might prefer to adopt a few pensioners, or Old Mr Anorak.
HITWISE measures popular search words on the web using science so amazing it will boil your brain.
According to this marketing site:
The top searches in the UK News category included ‘crufts’, ‘transport for london’, ‘bnp’, ‘crufts 2009’ and ‘madeleine mccann’.
Daily Express: “THE parents of Madeleine McCann are planning to give a rare television interview to make a fresh appeal for information which they hope could lead to her being found.”
Planning? Who’s interviewing them?
Kate and Gerry McCann are also considering flying out to Portugal in the coming weeks to boost their renewed efforts there for a breakthrough in the run-up to the second anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance on May 3.
Meanwhile, back in Portugal…
The Guardian tells us:
A Times article about decapitating cyclists was the most complained about last year to industry watchdog, the Press Complaints Commission, receiving a record number of complaints about British newspapers and magazines.
Hats off to that story, and take care to untie the chinstrap first, readers.
The PCC, publishing its annual report today, said it received 4,698 complaints overall last year, a rise of 8% on 2007.
Daily Record: “Quirke Start To A Mid-Life Crisis”
THE BBC’s new entertainment show Missing is on daytime telly. Quirk plays “DS Mary Jane Croft, a charismatic detective who runs an under-resourced department. The drama, set in a busy Missing Persons Unit, sees staff race against time to save people who are at risk.”
“But I’m pleased I’ve filmed the series. It’s entertainment – I wouldn’t claim it to be anything else – but you never know, do you? Somebody who has had a fall-out with their family and has gone missing may see the show, feel a pang of conscience and get in touch with relatives who are worried sick about what has happened to them.”
Pauline is relieved to report nobody has ever gone missing from her own family – husband Steve Sheen and children Emily, 24, and Charlie, 14.
She says: “I can, truly, think of nothing worse than missing a child and for that uncertainty to continue – as it has for the parents of Madeleine McCann – must be unbearable.
Fact and fiction – can you spot the difference?
The Herald: “Body discovered in loch believed to be missing Uist cadet”
The mysterious disappearance had haunted the island community since Christmas, but it now looks as if the long search for a 21-year-old merchant navy cadet who went missing almost three months ago is at an end.
The people of South Uist have been looking for Simon MacMillan since he vanished in the early hours of Boxing Day in the township of Linique in the Iochdar area of the island…
A group of locals discovered a body at around 10.30am yesterday in Loch Bee, just south of the road between Linique and Mr MacMillan’s home in Ardmore.
Northern Constabulary brought in Mark Harrison, the national search adviser to the National Policing Improvement Agency, who was also involved in the search for Madeleine McCann.
Is Our Maddy on your CV?
However, after police drew a blank, an expert who had reviewed the hunt for Madeleine McCann was called in to help develop new leads.
Local police also recruited Mark Harrison, the national search adviser to the National Policing Improvement Agency, who had previously worked with West Midlands police following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The Guardian: “PCC targets Sunday Express over Dunblane allegations”
The Press Complaints Commission has launched an investigation after the Scottish edition of the Sunday Express ran a front page story alleging survivors of the Dunblane massacre “shamed” the memory of their dead friends by boasting about drunken nights out on social networking websites.
The article, titled “Anniversary shame of Dunblane: internet boasts of sex, drink and violence as youngsters hit 18” appeared on March 8. It claimed that a number of the those who witnessed the massacre first-hand had “posted shocking blogs and photographs of themselves on the internet, 13 years after being sheltered from public view in the aftermath of the atrocity”.
Sixteen children and their teacher were murdered when gunman Thomas Hamilton burst into the gym at Dunblane Primary School and opened fire on March 13 1996. Hamilton then turned the gun on himself.
Children of Dunblane Horror Grow Up Normally – read all about it!
The editor of the Daily Express, Peter Hill, left the board of the PCC last year following front page and high court apologies from Express Newspapers titles the Daily Express, Daily Star, Sunday Express and Daily Star Sunday over a string of false stories about the disappearance of four-year-old Madeline McCann, which resulted in payments of £550,000 in damages to the McCann family.
Never let her lie…
Daily Mail -Jan Moir: “Gerry’s complaints leave a bitter taste”
How strange it was to see pale, pugnacious Gerry McCann back in the news this week. It serves as a reminder that while the world has moved on for the rest of us, time stands still for him.
BBC: “Madeleine ‘treated as commodity’”
“COPS: MADDIE IS STILL ALIVE,” says the front page of the People. But they don’t know. Not for sure. To put this headline on the front page is bad reporting, offering false hope. It smacks of opportunism, using Madeleine to sell newspapers –Anorak, May 13, 2007
Madeleine McCann was treated as a “commodity” by the UK press, her father Gerry has told MPs.
MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann, featuring special guest star Robert Murat, Lembit Opik, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Jade Goody and a heated debate
AFTER a winter-long hibernation, Madeleine McCann returns to the newspapers and front-line debate.
The debate, which brought together some famous names from the media, was notable for emotional highs and lows, as well as some colourful tabloid-style language and plenty of laughter.
Speaking for the motion were Michael White, Associate Editor of the Guardian, Robert Murat and his lawyer Louis Charalambous, and the Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, whose personal life has regularly been splashed across the front pages of the tabloids.
Daily Mirror: “Christen Me Now Begs Jade”
Max Clifford added Jade’s sons were coping “very well”.
“They are aware their mum is very ill, but they are very young. Hopefully their lives will be as unaffected as possible, bearing in mind they are going to lose the centrepiece of their lives…
…me, Max Clifford?
Madeleine McCann is missing, still missing. She is now missing from the papers. The story is not of a missing child. The story is of the media, how the single thread story became a maelstrom of speculation and clai, and now introspection.
Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ PR , is talking with the Indepedent. Now the McCanns are free – no longer suspects in their daughter’s disappearance – why is Clarnce Mitchell needed?
The Independent: “Clarence Mitchell: ‘I am a decent human being. If I can help them, I will’ – The ex-BBC journalist built a career on professional detachment. Then, he went to work for the McCanns.”
“There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever, nothing, to suggest that Madeleine has been harmed, let alone killed,” insists Clarence Mitchell, the former television reporter who speaks for the family of the most famous missing girl in the world. Her face is instantly recognisable. There is no longer any need to use her surname, McCann. And yet, nearly two years since she vanished from the Algarve, there is still no trace.
Yesterday the Mail manged to feature Madeleine McCann in its sotry on Stuart Lubbock, the man found dead at Michael Barrymore’s home. Readers were told:
Comparisons are now being made between Essex Police’s handling of the Lubbock case with the Portuguese police’s handling of the Madeleine McCann investigation.
Can the Mail now work Madeleine McCann into another seemingly unconnected story?
Daily Mail: “Pushed to the brink: How a family nearly lost their teenage daughter thanks to the dangerous power of the internet”
Stuart Lubbock died at TV entertainer Michael Barrymore’s house. He was found dead in a swimming pool. Drowned, apparently. An inquest featured the opinions of four pathologists that he was found with serious internal anal injuries.
Daily Mail: “Police apologise for flawed investigation into death at Michael Barrymore’s house”
Essex police apologised last night to the father of Stuart Lubbock who died at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore in 2001 in mysterious circumstances.
Which magazine: “European helpline numbers to be launched Easy child helpline and emotional support access”
Home phone and mobile phone regulator Ofcom has confirmed plans to introduce Europe-wide 116 emotional and child helpline phone numbers in the UK.
Caller: Hello, 116 116?
Yes. I’m here to help.
Caller: have you got the number for Jeremy Kyle?
At the moment, many telephone helpline and hotline phone numbers vary across different countries in Europe. This makes it difficult for visitors from other countries to find the right number when they need help or advice.