Anorak News | Madeleine McCann: Scottish Government’s Pink Teddy, Shannon Matthews And Liverpool’s Capital Year

Madeleine McCann: Scottish Government’s Pink Teddy, Shannon Matthews And Liverpool’s Capital Year

by | 31st, December 2008

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

BELFAST TELEGRAPH: “Gran’s Christmas present for Madeleine McCann unopened for second year”

The Irish grandmother of missing girl Madeleine McCann had a Christmas present ready for the five-year-old this year.

Don’t spoil the surprise…

For the second Christmas in a row, Eileen McCann left a large pink teddy bear on Madeleine’s bed, as she clings to hope that she will return home.

Oh, no! Not another pink teddy. Who buys two pink teddies for a little girl? They want nail polish and a Bratz styling head and Aquabeads…

Last year, she decided that a huge pink teddy with a white heart on it, a gift to her from the Scottish government, would be her present for Madeleine.

THE STAR: “Family torn between hope and despair for missing son”

Andrew Gosden was aged 14 when in September 2007 he left his family home in Doncaster and headed to London with just a couple of hundred pounds in his pocket.

A runaway?

Of course the anguish for Andrew’s parents has been played out against the backdrop of two much more high-profile cases of missing children – Madeleine McCann and Shannon Matthews.

The family feel some affiliation with Madeleine’s parents, who like them still await answers, but are troubled by the effect the Shannon case might have had on the British public.

“Charlotte was quite angry and upset, feeling that when so many people work hard to raise awareness of genuine needs, it is undone so readily by an unusual but highly publicised case such as this,” Kevin said.

“I wonder myself if it causes the public to make assumptions that there are dysfunctional families behind all missing cases. All I can assure you is that that is not the case.”

Although not everyone can be a doctor…

LIVERPOOL DAILY POST: “What a Capital year for the city”

Highlights of the Liverpool year:

MAY – Local politics became nailbiting with the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool holding onto control by a whisker when the independent councillor Nadia Stewart agreed to join their ranks. The party’s leader, Warren Bradley, saw off a challenge to his leadership later in the month.

It was the first anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Gerry and Liverpudlian Kate McCann, attended Our Lady of the Annunciation, Childwall, Kate’s parents’ parish.

Early signs of the credit crunch came with news that repossessions were up by almost a third in Liverpool.

A missing child found amid the credit crunch and local politics. A capital year…

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