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News digests and reviews of the missing child in the news. Madeleine McCann vanished on Thursday, 3 May 2007 from a rented holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Madeleine, on holiday with her twin siblings and parents Kate and Gerry McCann,became the biggest news story of the past decade. We’ve followed it closely ever since the story broke.

Madeleine McCann: tabloids monster James Lawlor

maddie lanzaroteTHE Daily Star’s allegedNEW MADDIE CHILD SNATCHER” is said by the Sun to be one James Lawlor, a 62-year-old father of two. He was arrested at his London home after a British man claimed he had stopped a man taking his three-year-old daughter from a shopping mall in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote.

The Sun has more:

Landscape gardener Lawlor lives in Harrow with cleaner wife Ann, 56, and has two daughters — solicitor Rowena, 27, and council worker Denise, 22.

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Posted: 12th, April 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (3)

Madeleine McCann: appeal leads to arrest of man suspected of attempting kidnap in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

mccann lanzarote“HUNT FOR NEW MADDIE FIEND,” declares the Daily Star’s front-page headline.

Keyan Milanian reports:

A BRIT has spoken of the “shocking” moment his daughter was caught up in a suspected kidnap bid that mirrored the Madeleine McCann case.

A child was asleep in her rented apartment? Her parents were out? Then she vanished? And what of Ben Needham?

The dad of three, from Milton Keynes, Bucks, had been shopping on holiday in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, when his girl vanished.

He spotted her flashing trainers disappearing round a corner.

She was wearing them:

He told the Daily Star: “There was a man leading her off by the wrist. I shouted, ‘Oi! What the f*** are you doing?’ I grabbed her but he wouldn’t make eye contact and walked off. I think she was in shock and knew something was very wrong.”

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Posted: 11th, April 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (3)

Madeleine McCann: Kate McCann’s London Marathon ‘death threat’ sickens Frankie Boyle’s Sun

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MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at the missing child in the news. As another anniversary of her vanishing approaches, the mainstream media one again picks up the story:

The Sun: “Marathon gun nut’s threat to kill Kate”

Cops probe vile web death threat to mum of missing Madeleine

Who has threatened to murder Kate McCann? And why?

A SICK internet troll has threatened to gun down Kate McCann as she runs the London Marathon, it emerged yesterday.

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Posted: 17th, March 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment (1)

Madeleine McCann: six or eight British cleaners in a ‘mysterious’ white van

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MADELEINE McCCAN: Police are ‘hunting’ for 6 British cleaners. The Sun leads with :

“Maddie: hunt for 6 Brit cleaners”

These cleaners were working in Portugal around the time the child vanished. And, erm, that’s pretty much it.

Although, these six cleaners could be as many as eight.

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Posted: 15th, March 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (4)

Madeleine McCann: Interpol seek Russell Hobbs and Morphy Richards

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DO you know Russell Hobbs? What about Morphy Richards? Following news of a family of kettle thieve in Cyprus, who was accompanied by a child the victim claims looked like Madeleine McCann, the Express announces:

Calls to DNA test ‘Madeleine McCann’ in Cyprus

A BRITISH girl who sparked an inquiry in Cyprus because she looks like Madeleine McCann should be DNA tested, police say.

Only, she “fled” with the alleged crooks.

Cypriot police chief Paris Paraskeva said it is unlikely the girl is Madeleine but the simple check should be done just in case.

What is this simple check?

Today the Sunday Express can disclose the mysterious circumstances which triggered the ­inquiry, now involving Scotland Yard detectives reviewing the Maddie files.

Just as we disclosed them last week:

In October last year a British couple and three children, the Madeleine lookalike and two boys aged two and seven, rented an apartment in Ayia Napa, a place popular with British tourists on the south-eastern tip of Cyprus.

Then they left.

After they left the supervisor of the property noticed some items were missing, including a kettle, and told the owner, who made a complaint to local police.

The police didn’t take it all that seriously. Then the alleged victim recalled that the child in this runners looked like Lord Lucan, Shergar Madeleine McCann. So:

They issued an arrest warrant for the couple and alerted airports and ports. The day before the arrest warrant was issued, February 7, it appears the family flew to Britain.

Got that? The family with the most wanted child on the planet “fled” to…Britain.

Then another man claimed he spotted Our Maddie with the kettle bandits:

The Greek Cypriot man thought a picture with the article showing how Madeleine would look now looked remarkably like the girl who had been his neighbour. He begged police to investigate, telling officers: “I think the girl living next door to me was Madeleine McCann.”

So. The man who owns the house who allegedly got ripped off by the rent-dodgers says the child was Madeleine McCann. And the next-door neighbour – who might know that hard-done-by owner – says he knew it was her, too.

Call the cops!

Inspector Paraskeva told the Sunday Express: “We took the ­report very seriously and then realised the address was the same as for the couple we were looking for. It was quite a ­coincidence.”

No ****, Sherlock.

“I asked my officers to do checks with schools to see if the girl was registered anywhere and we were lucky because she had been at a school in Ayia Napa. We got a photograph of the girl and her birth certificate which showed she was 12, several years older than Madeleine would be now.”


“We knew the family had left the island, so we informed Interpol and I sent them the picture of the girl and her birth certificate.”

You called Interpol about a family that hadn’t paid a bill? A family who nicked a kettle?

Interpol! Under ‘Crime Areas” in the Interpol website, we could find no section for Kettle Bandits. We did find a spot about “FUGITIVES“:

One of our most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives is the Red Notice. This seeks the provisional arrest of a wanted person with a view to extradition and is circulated to police in all our member countries. Red notices contain identification details and judicial information about the wanted person.

What about “TRAFFICKING IN ILLICIT goods”?

Trafficking in illicit goods, is a generic term used by INTERPOL to describe all types of illicit trade. It includes such practices as counterfeiting (trademark infringements), piracy (copyright infringements), smuggling of legitimate products and tax evasion. Selling fake or counterfeit products as the real thing is one aspect of this crime; so is selling genuine goods on the black market to avoid paying taxes.

No kettles mentioned. Indeed, a Red Notice was not issued for the Kettle Bandits.

Inspector Paraskeva adds:

“I had the name of the girl and an address where the family were staying in England and that has all been given to Interpol, so I ­assume that the police in England will have checked it out. They have not contacted me back, so I do not know what is happening.”

Chances are it’s gone to the very top.

“We also showed the picture of the girl to the Greek Cypriot man and he confirmed it was the child who had been living next door. When he compared the picture with the one in the magazine he was not so sure it was definitely Madeleine but we all felt it was still worth investigating.”

Good for him.

“If the couple had been on the island and we had arrested them and then received this report, we would have asked the girl to provide a DNA sample for testing. We have the DNA profile of Madeleine so we could have done it quite quickly. I would think that Interpol or British police would do this when they speak to the family just to rule it out.”

Hold on a moment. The adults are accused of doing a runner and nicking kettle who you will swab an innocent child? Run! And God Speed…


Posted: 10th, March 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (3)

Madeleine McCann and the Cyprus toaster thieves

TO Cyprus, where Madeleine McCann has been spotted. Maybe. The Financial Mirror reports:

Cyprus police have confirmed local media reports of a sighting of a child that looked like missing girl Madeleine McCann, informing Interpol that the child may have been part of a British family that has already fled the island.

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Posted: 7th, March 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (3)

Madeleine McCann: What really happend with the troll Tony Bennett and Peter Tobin

ON Thursday last, Tony Bennett, 65, was given a three months prison sentence suspended for one year for publishing claims that Kate and Gerry McCann caused their daughter Madeleine’s death. There is, of course, no proof that the child has died. There is no evidence whatsoever that the McCanns had any part in any death. All we know is that the innocent child is missing.

Mr Justice Tugendhat found Bennett guilty of contempt of court.

“I am sure that he intended to allege that the claimants are to be suspected of causing the death of their daughter, and did in fact dispose of her body, lie about what happened and covered up what they had done. It is essential for the rule of law that injunctions and court orders be obeyed. It can’t be an answer that the person who is giving an undertaking or subject to an injunction can ignore it with impunity while it is in force.”

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Posted: 23rd, February 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Gerry McCann says ‘Madeleine and her safety is often treated with complete contempt’

MADELEINE McCANN: Kate and Gerry McCann want Lord Leveson proposals on media regulation be implemented in full.

They should not get their way. Press Freedom means what it says. No buts. Why should journalists be held to ethical and moral standards imposed by others? You only need a access to the internet and an opinion to be a journalist. You might not be a good one, but the public will be the judges.

Why should a human being not need a license to express a view? True, writers must be held to account for what they /we say. But freedom of expression cannot be ring-fenced. You cannot cause offence to no-one.

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Posted: 17th, February 2013 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Is Madeleine McCann in Ukraine? No – but her posters are

MADELEINE McCann was not in New Zealand. The DNA taken from an innocent child in New Zealand proved that she was not stolen by her parents. Kiwi police then told media:

“Given that there is conclusive evidence that their daughter is not Madeleine McCann and has no connection to Madeleine McCann, it is only right that she and her family are entitled to a level of privacy that most of us enjoy.”

Blimey! They needed to prove their child was theirs. Nice.

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Posted: 15th, February 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (3)

Madeleine McCann: A jailed troll and police swab kids in New Zealand

MADELEINE McCann is back in the news. Why? Well, the Daily Star has news:


It’s Tony Bennettt. Regular Anorak readers will know why comments on this story are not enabled.

Doctors Kate and Gerry McCann, both 44, claim Tony Bennett, 65, is in contempt of court for breaching promises that he would not repeat the allegations.

Bennett has accused Gerry and Kate McCann of covering up their daughter’s death.

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Posted: 6th, February 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann: On the road to Brazil with dead Raymond Hewlett

THE Sunday Express has shocking news. The front-page headline screams: “MADDIE KIDNAP PHOTO SHOCK.

Can it be true? Is it possible that missing Madeleine McCann still sells newspapers? (Surely, ‘been found alive and well’ – ed.) The sub-headline is no less informative:

“Scotland Yard has new pictures that seem to show Madeleine in Brazil.”

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Posted: 20th, January 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (4)

Madeleine McCann spotted in New Zealand for fifth time

IS Madeleine McCann in New Zealand? The New Zealand Herald reports:

Senior Sergeant John Fookes told local media police were informed of the sighting on New Year’s Eve and about 70 police officers were instructed to look out for the girl.

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Posted: 3rd, January 2013 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (2)

Madeleine McCann: Robert Murat’s mum is writing a book

MADELEINE McCann: Gerry McCann has called for all the recommendations raised in Lord Leveson’s Report on media standards to be made State sanctioned. He and his wife Kate McCann undoubtedly suffered at the hands of a voracious media. Others also suffered.


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Posted: 2nd, December 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment

Madeleine McCann: Did Raymond Hewlett ‘take Maddy’?

THE Daily Mirror asks on its front page: “DID He Take Maddy?” It’s Raymond Hewlett, the convicted and dead paedophile. The Mirror says “Cold case cops to quiz Bris about child rapist.

Hewlett is the man who died. He’s the man who never did make a death bed confession (the Sun said he did – he didn’t) but maintained he’d never met the missing child. Despite no evidence linking the child rapist to Madeleine McCann’s vanishing, Hewlett was labelled the “Maddie paedo”, a “person of interest“, the “Maddie paedophile” and “Maddie Pervert”.

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Posted: 23rd, November 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment (1)

Madeleine McCann: McCanns no longer hire private detectives

THE Express, as ever, has no news of Madeleine McCann. But it does have news of the hunt for her:


James Murray and Tracey Kandohia have no news:

KATE and Gerry McCann are no longer employing private detectives to search for their missing daughter Madeleine

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Posted: 28th, October 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (19)

April Jones: Kay Burley makes them weep as troll-faced Amanda Platell spots paedos everywhere

APRIL Jones: The five-year-old went missing from the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, Wales. The news round-up:

Daily Mail (front page): “April’s family release poignant new photos as hope for her fades”

Daily Mirror (front page): I saw April driven off”

“Witness says he was the last to see her alive”

Armchair detectives know that the last person to see anyone live is a suspect in that person’s unexplained demise. But April Jones might be alive. We don’t know.

AN OAP saw a car speed away from the spot where April Jones vanished. The distraught 70-year-old said moments earlier he had seen her playing with pals but she suddenly disappeared. As the hunt for April, five, became a murder inquiry yesterday, he added: “I’m kicking myself that I did not raise the alarm.”

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Posted: 6th, October 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (10)

Frankie Boyle says Jimmy Savile is shagging Madeleine McCann in heaven

YOU never saw Kate Middleton’s breasts on the news. You never saw the Innocence of Muslims film on the news. And on This is Leicester, you can’t see the tweet that triggered the headline:

Outrage at Frankie Boyle’s offensive Madeleine McCann comment on Twitter

Know that:

Comedian Frankie Boyle has been under attack for making a “deeply offensive” comment about Madeleine McCann on Twitter

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Posted: 2nd, October 2012 | In: Celebrities, Madeleine McCann | Comments (21)

Madeleine McCann and the hunt for a Portuguese smoker

THE Daily Express has news of Madeleine McCann. Yes, We know.


James Murray has more:

A KEY witness with potentially vital ­evidence about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has just been interviewed by a Scotland Yard detective on the cold case review team.

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Posted: 25th, September 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (3)

Stephen Street, Colette McPartland and Madeleine McCann is Scarlett

TOM Rawstorne has a question for Daily Mail readers – and it involves Madeleine McCcann:

Is Maddie the reason this girl was taken into care? Portuguese police say her British parents were too drunk to look after her… but the explanation could be more sinister

We meet Stephen Street, 42, and Colette McPartland, 37. They live in Portugal. They used to live with their daughter Scarlett, 2. She’s been taken into care. Rawstorne sums up the story:

…local police claim, the two English teachers — who have lived in Portugal for the past five years — had been drinking so heavily that Ms McPartland could not stand. Their child, meanwhile, had been left to run wild. At one stage, it is alleged, it was only the intervention of a passer-by that prevented Scarlett from running on to a busy road nearby. As a result, Scarlett was taken from the couple, bundled into a police car and driven to the local police station, where she was found to be wet, hungry and thirsty.

Bundled. The language has shifted. When the Mail first reported the story, it said:

Police claim the British couple were drinking white wine at a bar in Portugal while their daughter Scarlett played 100 yards away. Eyewitnesses claim they were staggering around.

We were told:

But there was no sign of them yesterday at their cramped ground-floor flat near to the square where they went drinking.

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Posted: 16th, September 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment (1)

Annecy Lake Murders: Madeleine McCann, Laurent Fillion-Robin and ideas

THE ANNECY Lake murders: the murders of four people in the French Alps have been knocked off the front pages by the London 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony. Feel good beats a murder mystery. But there are reports:

The Telegraph tweets: “Alps shootings: police widen cordon around al-Hilli family home in Claygate, ask neighbours to leave houses.”

The Times has a Q&A, which is more Q than A:

Q. “Were the Hillis victims of a carjacking that went wrong?”
A: “…Investigators say it is possible…”

Q. “Was Saad al-Hilli a target for professional hitmen?”
A. “…investigators say it is also possible.”

Q. “Could a family feud have led to the massacre?”
A. the murders have “left investigators questioning whether it could really have been carried out by, or on the instructions of, a relative”

Q. “Are there other theories?”
A. Yes.

See this straw plucking from the Guardian:

The theory of a lone killer driven by psychopathic, religious or racial hatred is, perhaps, one of France’s worst fears in the aftermath of the Annecy shootings. It would take the country back to the dark days earlier this year when Mohamed Merah, who claimed links to Islamic extremism, went on three separate killing sprees in and around the south-western city of Toulouse.

Q. “What evidence points to a professional hitman?”
A. Some.

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Posted: 10th, September 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment

Madeleine McCann is spotted more often because she’s missing, says detective

WHEN we read that a German tourist has spotted Madeleine McCann on a flight from Ibiza, we wondered why he din’t shout out her name or take a really clear photograph? Still, he did his best. And the Olive Press, which broke the story that was picked up by the Daily Mirror and the Sun, says he did ok. In “Detective praises reporting of ‘Maddie’ sighting in Ibiza”, we read of former Met officer Ian Horrocks. We’ve heard from this expert before. He’s “praised the quick thinking of reader Frank Bode.

German businessman Bode was so convinced he had spotted the youngster with a German family on the flight from Ibiza to Munich a fortnight ago that he contacted police, the family and the Olive Press, after taking a photo.

Sure. But it wasn’t her. And then we get this belch of logic:

Horrocks believes that the longer Madeleine has been missing, the more likely it is that people will spot her.

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Posted: 4th, September 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (6)

Madeleine McCann was on holiday in Ibiza says German tourist who took a photo

FRANK Bode, 42, a German tourists, says he saw Madeleine McCann on a Lufthansa flight from Ibiza to Munich.

Says Bode to the Olive Press:

“My intuition told me that the girl, who was around seven to 10 years old, could be Madeleine. She didn’t seem to fit with her family at all. Her father was clearly German, as were her two brothers, both around 10 to 12 years old, but her mother appeared to be British.”

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Posted: 28th, August 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (4)

Scotland Yard to ask Cameron if he wants to keep looking for Madeleine McCann

AS we told you, when the Olympics have gone, and no sharks have been spotted in the Thames, Madeleine McCann will return to the news cycle.

Justin Davenport, tells Evening Standard readers that “Scotland Yard is to ask Prime Minister David Cameron if he wants to continue funding an inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann”.

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Posted: 24th, August 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment

Madeleine McCann invoked in failed Canary Islands attack

NOT much news of Madeleine McCann so far this summer, but one news site does manage to muster:

Boy fights off kidnapper with karate chop in chilling echo of Madeleine McCann holiday abduction

So. This is how it went down. Finally.

In a chilling echo of the Madeleine McCann abduction, Jack Butler had left his family in a restaurant in Lanzarote to pop back to their bungalow when a suspected paedophile grabbed him and tried to drag him into an underground car park.

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Posted: 20th, August 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment (1)

Madeleine McCann: The cigarette butt theory

EVERY summer since she vanished in 2007, tales of Madeleine McCann have appeared in the papers as fast the hacks could press f9 on their keyboards. When the Olympics London 2012 ends, look out for an Our Maddie story in the national tabloid prress.

Anyone sane wants the child to be found alive and well. Everyone wants closure. The latest news reaches us via The Olive Press, “The best English newspaper in southern Spain.”

The headline announces:

Missing link overlooked in the Madeleine McCann case

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Posted: 9th, August 2012 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (4)