Anorak News | Madeleine McCann: Glamour Models, Grabbing Little Boys And Genette Tate

Madeleine McCann: Glamour Models, Grabbing Little Boys And Genette Tate

by | 19th, August 2008

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

DAILY MIRROR: “Britons try to snatch Madeleine lookalike”

They tried to snatch her because she looked like our Maddy? The reward is still on offer, right?

Two British tourists tried to take a small fair-haired child from a beach, thinking it was Madeleine McCann, it emerged yesterday.

Protecting the little kiddies from nutters and oddballs…

Convinced it was the girl who disappeared in Portugal last year, they kept a careful eye on the pair and even took some secret photos.

Taking pictures of kids on the beach. Yes, a good idea…

When the woman’s back was turned, they grabbed the child’s arm only to find it was not Madeleine but the son of a Croatian footballer. Leone Drpic is two-and-ahalf and has long blond hair like Madeleine, but there the similarity ends. His dad Dino, 27, plays for Dinamo Zagreb and Croatia and his mum Nives is a glamour model.

Any pictures, for publicity purposes?

Nives said yesterday: “I started getting suspicious when the British woman approached Leone and started chatting with him. Suddenly she grabbed him by the arm, apparently thinking nobody was watching him. However, when I went over she realised her mistake and apologised.”

Grab a kid – any kid – and if caught says “oops! Thought it was our Maddy”.

DAILY MAIL: “British couple tried to ‘rescue’ Maddy lookalike… from a Croatian football star and his model wife”

Dino Drpic, who is a defender for Dinamo Zagreb and has several international caps, and his wife Nives are the Posh and Becks of Croatia. Their son Leone has long blond hair like Madeleine’s, but the similarity ends there – he is even six months younger than the missing three-year-old.

Three. Not four.

DAILY MAIL: “Notorious childkiller won’t be charged as longest-running missing persons case reaches 30th anniversary”

It’s child killer Robert Black:

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said: ‘Following the submission of a file to the Crown Prosecution Service, Devon and Cornwall Police has been informed that there is insufficient evidence to justify the institution of criminal proceedings against the individual arrested by the force in connection with the disappearance of Genette Tate.

‘”The force is aware that the 30th anniversary is approaching and would ask anyone with further information concerning this unsolved crime to contact us.”

And Madeleine McCann is connected how?

Genette’s father, John Tate, has prostate cancer and on Monday said his dying wish would be to find the body of his “little girl”. He told the Western Morning News what happened to his family is similar to the case of missing Madeleine McCann. The 66-year-old said: “I have nothing but total sympathy and empathy for the McCanns. What has happened to Maddie is very similar to what happened to ourselves.

“I hope Maddie is found alive and well and reunited with her family. I would have loved nothing more than that for myself with Genette. But, of course, her mum Sheila and myself have known for many years that Genette was murdered.”

Such are the facts…

Posted: 19th, August 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids Comments (500) | TrackBack | Permalink