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Madeleine McCann: Finger Printing Kids And Gary Glitter

by | 23rd, August 2008

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

FORT MORGAN TIMES: “FM State Bank offers info service for parents in case child missing”

Fort Morgan State Bank wants local parents to be ready with the information they need in the event of their worst nightmare: a missing child.

Every parents worst nightmare

The bank has purchased equipment to photograph and fingerprint children and provide a printout that also includes physical descriptions and other vital information on the kids.

Why not chip ‘n’ pin them? Or get them tagged? Or give them a name peopel can shout, something catchy and individual, like Scotty or Ting-Ting?

Parents can keep the information sheets at home, take them on trips or carry them at all times so they can quickly provide information to police if a child goes missing, said Carrie Mobley, director of marketing and client relations at Fort Morgan State Bank.

Don’t leave home without it.

“Over 70,000 children are reported missing each year, and in the first 60 minutes, a child can be 60 miles away or further,” Mobley said.

Spot test: If a child can be 60 miles away in 60 minutes, how many miles away can a ginger-haired child be if he leaves his home at 7am and cycles at 5mph for three days?

“We can do children as young as 3 months or as old as 18 years,” Mobley said.

18? Anything that can help:

Mobley said an example of the value of the program comes from the widely publicized case of Madeleine McCann, the little British girl who went missing from a hotel in Portugal during a family vacation last year and has never been found.

How so?

“She was supposedly spotted in another country a couple of days later,” Mobley said. “If the parents had a sheet like this to give to the police, they may have been able to ID her.”

Instead all they had was the world’s media…

RED ORBIT (Texas): “Book Festival: Reviews: Today’s Satire Will Be Tomorrow’s Documentary”

Surely the other way around?

“YOU try to write satire and the next week you find out you’re writing documentary,” says Glyn Maxwell, incredulous at the speed at which each development in reality TV outdoes the last. He and Gordon Burn joined together to express their astonishment that Jade Goody’s cancer diagnosis, delivered live on TV in India, was also an item on the Six O’Clock News.

It’s tabloid TV. Why astonished?

Maxwell’s latest book, The Girl Who Was Going To Die, tells the story of Suzy, who becomes a reluctant celebrity simply because she is a pretty girl in the right place at the right time. Burn’s book Born Yesterday weaves together the real-life events of last summer – the floods, the terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport, Madeleine McCann, John Smeaton, Gordon Brown – with a novelist’s eye.

It’s Tabloid Bingo!

On a day when a vilified Gary Glitter was again hitting the headlines, Irvine Welsh read from his new novel, Crime, which deals with the aftermath of a paedophilia case. It was a young crowd who gathered to hear him read, some bringing pints of lager and needing frequent comfort breaks. If they were expecting an extract about cocaine-filled debauchery, the author did not disappoint. But he also gave us an insight into the moral universe of his writing and the importance of standing up against injustice.

McCann. Glitter.


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