Anorak News | Madeleine McCann In A Taxi ‘With Murat’, Denied And Shannon Matthews

Madeleine McCann In A Taxi ‘With Murat’, Denied And Shannon Matthews

by | 28th, February 2008

madeleine-mccann-beach.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann.

THE SUN: “Maddie & Murat ‘in a cab’”

Portuguese taxi driver claims Madeleine McCann was in his cab the night she vanished — with Robert Murat. “Antonio Cardoso, 67, insisted he took the little girl and four adults on a short journey to a hotel where they all switched to a Jeep with foreign plates.”

Says he:

“I later recognised him on television. I am sure it was him…She was awake but silent. She was just staring ahead with big owlish eyes. I noticed her eye because my son was born with a defect much the same. I saw her kind of twist her chin a few times in my rear-view mirror. I remember she was in pink pyjamas and wondered why they hadn’t dressed her.”

Says McCann spokesman Clarence Mitchell: “We are dismissing this primarily because the timings are entirely wrong.”

IRISH EXAMINER: “Taxi driver claims he picked up Madeleine”

Antonio Castela, 67, said he dropped off the missing girl and her English-speaking mystery companions at an Algarve hotel and watched them drive off in a blue jeep. He insisted he was “100% sure” his passengers included Madeleine.

The McCanns and Robert Murat — the third official suspect in the Madeleine McCann case — all deny wrongdoing”

Kate Mccann is a “GP” Kate and husband Gerry a “heart specialist”

TIMES: “Forget Happy Meals, let’s focus on happy families”

Sandra Parsons looks at “The greatest gift of all”:

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, and those of us lucky enough to have children can expect to be given cards and flowers. But with Madeleine McCann and the schoolgirl Shannon Matthews still missing, Milly Dowler’s stricken parents making a heartrending appeal for information about their daughter’s murder, and the reminders again of the brutal killing of young women by Steve Wright and Levi Bellfield, I rather think it should be the other way round.

DAILY MIRROR: “Mother vows never to give up in the search for missing Shannon Matthews”

Shannon Matthews’s mum yesterday said she would never stop searching for her daughter. Karen, 32, fighting back tears, said: “We will never give up on her. It is more than a week and we are desperate to have Shannon back. Our message to people is never give up because we won’t”


“We’ve shed a lot of tears. “It was really emotional seeing people walking through the streets with us to support our family. I was overwhelmed by the turnout. Now we just want Shannon found. We just pray she will be found safe.

YORKSHIRE POST: “Police quiz 1,500 drivers in hunt for missing Shannon”

A reward. Like Madeleine:

As the investigation enters its second week, Joseph Furniture, based in Bradley, Huddersfield, has put up a £5,000 reward for any information that leads to Shannon’s safe return.

In a statement the firm said: “As a company that was founded in Dewsbury and a former employer of Shannon’s uncle, Neil Hyett, we feel a social and moral responsibility to aid with reuniting Shannon Matthews with her beloved family.”


The house where missing schoolgirl Shannon Matthews’ mum is staying was searched by police yesterday. Officers with sniffer dogs trained to find human remains were sent in to track down clues to the nine-year-old’s disappearance.

The house in Dewsbury, West Yorks, belongs to family friend Peter “Scouser” Brown, 34, who lives just a few doors from Shannon’s mum Karen and her boyfriend Craig Meehan, 22.

Shannons’ parents are not doctors. There is no media feeeding frenzy.

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