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Madeleine McCann: Shooting A Plea

by | 30th, August 2007

Maddywatch – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS, front page: ‘SYRINGE FOUND IN MADELEINE’S APARTMENT’: Parents’ anger at new claims they drugged her. (Plus pages 4 and 5, with logo: THE HUNT FOR MADELEINE: Day 119”).

THE WORLD’S GREATEST NEWSPAPER brings new Maddy gossip – the “dramatic” claim in the Portuguese press that the McCanns might have been sedating their children to help them sleep, and accidentally given Madeleine an overdose.

DAILY TELEGRAPH, page 14: School peg waiting but Maddy misses her very first day

The paper publishes its version of a story run in other papers yesterday, when the headteacher said that a place had been kept for Madeleine.

THE TIMES, page 23: Father’s plea to Madeleine abductor

The paper records that Gerry McCann issued an appeal to Madeleine’s abductor, saying: “It is not too late to do the right thing.”

DAILY MAIL, page 41: Save your soul and give us back our Madeleine, pleads father

The paper says the appeal “was being seen as a last-ditch attempt by Mr McCann and his wife Kate to get their daughter back before making the painful decision to return home to Rothley, Leicestershire, after almost four months in the Algarve.”


“Sometimes people do things for reasons even they cannot understand, “ says Mr McCann “An act of madness, an accident or sudden impulse can lead to consequences that people may never have imagined or intended. Faced with such a situation we believe any human soul will ultimately suffer torment and feelings of guilt and fear. If you have done something you regret, if you are in a situation you never intended, it is not too late to do the right thing.”

THE STAR, page 17: SYRINGE THAT ‘KNOCKED OUT MADDIE’ FOUND: Family fury at new claims

The paper quotes McCann spokeswoman Justine McGuinness saying that the parents hae already denied using sedatives on their children.

THE SUN, page 33: IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO DO THE RIGHT THING: Gerry’s plea to Maddy kidnapperThe paper reports Mr McCann’s “heart-rending plea”. And provides a lin to the Sun’s Maddie poster (“in five languages”).

THE INDEPENDENT, page 8: McCann’s plea to abductor

The paper reports briefly on Mr McCann’s “extraordinary plea”.

THE GUARDIAN: No Madeleine news today.

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