Anorak News | Madeleine McCann: Clarence Mitchell’s Gloves, Portuguese Police Deny And Kate McCann’s Tears

Madeleine McCann: Clarence Mitchell’s Gloves, Portuguese Police Deny And Kate McCann’s Tears

by | 15th, April 2008

clarence-mitchell-mccann.pngMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE SUN: “McCann cops deny ‘smears’”

Those stories on Spanish television about what Kate and Gerry McCann are supposed to have said to the Portuguese police?

But last night, in only their fifth declaration since the case began, cops said it was “entirely false” to suggest they had been responsible.

But Clarence Mitchell, who has made a few more statements than five, senses a smear camping. Says he: “I am not retracting a word. The criticism of me doesn’t explain how confidential material came to be made public with curious timing.”


“Never has such a terrible personal ordeal been played on so public a stage. Yet, every night, after the backbiters have done their worst, Kate must stand in Maddie’s silent bedroom and shed her tears in private.”


“The Policia Judiciaria would like to make it clear that it is entirely false to suggest the content of the news item in question reproduces material from the inquiry, which is the subject of judicial secrecy.”



“Now Portuguese police lash out at McCann aide over leak claim.”

A lash? Surely it’s more of a carefully constructed statement.

“The PJ regrets the baseless intervention of the spokesman, above all at a moment when significant moves were being made in the investigation.”

Forget Missing Madeleine. Stop watching the parents. This story is now about Clarence Mitchell.

DAILY EXPRESS: “Madeleine: Police hit back over leak claims”

Less of a war than a fight.

“Yesterday the officers were due to meet a prosecutor to discuss any new leads thrown up by the investigation. Instead, they spent their afternoon drafting the statement.”

Portuguese police are slow but thorough writers.
Says Clarence Mitchell: “I don’t want to get into a row with them.”

This is the same Clarence Mitchell who told us: “It’s the same old game. We know what they’re up to. We are not happy and the gloves are off.”

DIGITAL SPY: “Mad May returns to ‘EastEnders’”

EastEnders actress Amanda Drew is to reprise her controversial Walford role as warped Dr ‘Mad’ May Wright.

The 38-year-old actress will resurrect her sinister screen counterpart after almost a year’s break. Viewers last saw May tangled in the midst of Albert Square’s baby abduction storyline which led to her character’s exit from the soap.

Last year, BBC bosses made the decision to substantially re-write and re-film the ending to the storyline due to events surrounding Madeleine McCann in Portugal. The climax episode still attracted almost 200 complaints.

The plot saw May and husband Rob Minter (Stuart Laing) attempting to steal Dawn Swann’s (Kara Tointon) baby via a forced caesarian and came to a head with Drew’s character being arrested and subsequently sectioned.

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