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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.

Conservative MEP Accuses Kate And Gerry McCann Of ‘Gross Negligence’

mccanns4.jpgTHE McCanns are campaiging for improved child safety. Their daughter Madeleine McCann is missing.

They have not been charged with committing any crime. Yet an Anorak reader sends us this missive from Struan Stevenson, MEP:

AgendaWide:

Here is my reply to a letter of complaint to Struan STEVENSON MEP
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‘Thanks for your email. I have agreed to join a number of prominent Euro politicians in launching a written declaration which seeks to create an amber-alert system in the EU, similar to that which exists in the US. While such a system will not stop child abduction it may help with the speedy recovery of dozens of children before they are spirited across borders. This has been the experience in the US.

As far as the McCanns are concerned, they are simply a focus for the launch of our initiative. No one, least of all they themselves, denies their gross negligence in leaving their babies unattended, however briefly, while on holiday. However, they have paid a heavy price for their mistake and I can only hope that people will have sympathy with their on-going plight.

Best wishes,

Struan
Struan STEVENSON MEP
Vice President of the EPP-ED Group
Conservative Member for Scotland
European Parliament

Was it gross negligence? A legal definition of it here and here.

Posted: 11th, April 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Politicians | Comments (77)


Madeleine McCann: McCanns’ Police Statements, Child Safety Appeal And Kate McCann Speaks

maddy-mccann.jpgMADDIE WATCHAnorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS (front page): “MADELEINE: WHY DID YOU LEAVE US TO CRY MUMMY?”

That was the “plea” Madeleine McCann made on the morning of her vanishing. The words are taken from a police interview with Kate McCann. It was Kate McCann who gave the police the insight.

Says a “furious friend”: “The minute you talk about Madeleine crying is the minute that the vultures will pile in, that’s why this has been leaked.”

The Daily Express is no scavenger, picking and picking and picking over the bones of a missing child. It leads with the quote – splashed across its entire front page – to show how awful it is and how cruel some people can be to bring it up on the very day Kate and Gerry McCann are talking about child safety.

Said Kate McCann to the police in Portugal:

“While we were having breakfast, Maddie said, ‘Mummy, why didn’t you come when we were crying last night?’ She added: “Gerry and I spoke for a couple of minutes and agreed to keep a closer watch over the children.”

THE SUN (front page): “Mummy, why didn’t you come when we were crying last night?”

This is “WHAT MADDIE ASKED PARENTS HOURS BEFORE SHE VANISHED”.

As ever there is “fury”. This time the fury is over how and why details of the McCanns’ police interviews were revealed by Spanish television station Telecinco TV.

The channel’s crime reporter Nacho Abad told how Kate’s police statement recalled the chilling moment she realised Maddie was missing.

She was said to have run back to the Tapas Bar screaming: “Maddie isn’t there. Someone’s taken her.” Spanish TV said this contradicted statements made by the McCanns’ friends, in which several claimed that GP Kate instead shouted: “Madeleine’s gone, Madeleine’s gone!”

DAILY MAIL (front page): “Mummy, why didn’t you come when we were crying last night?”

Page 7: “McCanns left Maddy sobbing the night before she vanished.”

Or what about the alternative headline: McCanns didn’t hear Madeleine crying and when she told them they promised to listen more carefully.”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “The timing of this is frankly suspicious”.

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Shannon Matthews: Three More Family Arrested

amanda-hyett.jpgSHANNON WATCHAnorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Shannon Matthews

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST: “Shannon Matthews: Three arrested”

THREE members of Shannon Matthews’s extended family were arrested by detectives investigating the nine-year-old’s alleged abduction.

Three more. Is there room in station for them all? Might be cheaper to just turn it into a gated estate?

Amanda Hyett, 25, her sister Caroline Meehan, 29, and their mother Alice Meehan, 49, were all held on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

The three women were questioned at Dewsbury police station.

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Posted: 10th, April 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (5)


Karen Matthews: Mum’s Gone to Matalan, Off With Her Head And Kids Go Free

karen-matthews-face.jpgSHANNON WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Shannon Matthews

THE SUN: “PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER 1”

No, it’s not Osama bin Laden. It’s Karen Matthews.

Metal plates covered doors and windows at the empty home of Shannon Matthews’s mother last night amid fears of attacks by vigilantes.

Says Richard Verity, 42, a joiner: “If she is found guilty I’d like to rip her head off. We’re all feeling very bitter.”

No, it really isn’t not Osama bin Laden, nor one of his henchman. It’s a joiner from Dewsbury.

And what of Karen Matthews? How did she look?

Matthews, wearing cut-price clothes specially bought for her from a branch of Matalan, was also charged with “wilfully neglecting or abandoning” the child in a manner likely to cause “unnecessary suffering or injury to her health”.

Mum’s Gone To Matalan – (note to copywriters – call me)

“Yes, yes, yes,” comes the cry from the public gallery.

DAILY MIRROR (front page): “STOP THE MOB”

“Police warn against vigilantes as Shannon mum is refused bail”

Fears for Kate Matthews that people who love kids might hurt mum-of-seven.

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Posted: 10th, April 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (17)


McCann, Keeling, Matthews: Keith Waterhouse Plays Tabloid Bingo

bingo1.jpgMcCANN, MATTHEWS. McKEOWN. Keith Waterhouse plays Anorak’s Tabloid Bingo

– the game that’s taking the press by storm.

The aim of the game is to get the names ‘McCann’, ‘Matthews’ and ‘MacKeown’ into your article.

In “As Pa Larkin used to say, it’s all perfick” Keith Waterhouse plays tabloid bingo.

A family of eight, living entirely on benefit allowances, managed to get as far as Goa for an extended holiday, where one of their number was murdered.

Scarlett Keeling. Tick.

But I find I have stubbed my toe against one of those sink estate dynasties for which the term “sub judice” might have been invented.

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Posted: 10th, April 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (9)


Kate And Gerry McCann: Amber Alert, Spotted in Belgium And No More Foreign Holidays

mccanns-brussels.jpgMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS (front page): “MADELEINE – Kate and Gerry McCann set off on new mission”

Having donated considerable monies to the fund to find Madeleine McCann, Express Newspapers will not now abandon the McCanns. The Express is “The world’s greatest newspaper”.

The only tabloid to feature the story on its front page, the Express says: “Kate finds courage”.

“Kate McCann put on her bravest fact yesterday as she travelled to Brussels to highlight the plight of missing children.”

Madeleine McCann was, of course, spotted in Belgium, of which Brussels is the capital city. Katleen Sampermans is the “child therapist” who saw Madeleine McCann dining in a Belgian restaurant with two adults. Ms Sampermans was “100 per cent sure”. She spoke to the Express.

Kate McCann is brave in the Daily Express. The “40-year-old GP smiled as she waited with husband Gerry, 39, for a train”.

Gerry and Kate McCann have travelled to Brussels to make the case for an EU-wide alert system for missing children. A child goes missing and police, media, border controls are alerted. A warning is flashed on motorway gantries.

Could an immediate pan-European response have made a difference in their case?

“Kate finds new courage” appears on page 7, one page on from: “Sterling’s collapse sends your holiday bills soaring”.

The paper’s front page features the McCanns and the headline “SHOCK £700 INCREASE ON FAMILY HOLIDAYS”.

Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugal. The message seems clear.

THE GUARDIAN: “Kate and Gerry McCann”

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Karen Matthews: Red-Brown Hair, The Ducking Stool And Jailed

karen-matthews-handcuffs.jpgSHANNON WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Shannon Matthews

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Shannon Matthews’s mother accused of perverting the course of justice”

The mother of nine year old Shannon Matthews has been remanded in custody for her own safety after appearing in court in connection with her alleged kidnap. Neighbours of Karen Matthews packed into the public gallery to see her in the dock during a 13-minute hearing.

To the ducking stool.

What of the facts?

The charge against her are: On a day between Feb 18 and March 15 she wilfully neglected or abandoned Shannon in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering to her or injury to her health.

That between Feb 18 and March 15, with intent to pervert the course of public justice, did a series of acts which had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice by repeatedly concealing information in relation to the whereabouts of Shannon in interviews and other contacts with police and claiming to have no knowledge of her whereabouts.

And:

Miss Matthews, who has seven children to five men, was arrested on Sunday evening and underwent two days of questioning by detectives.

How did she look?

Throughout the hearing her face was shielded from the public by her long red-brown hair, but briefly glanced over at that point looking tearful.

DAILY MIRROR: “Shannon Matthews’ mum Karen remanded in custody after court appearance”

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Posted: 9th, April 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (23)


Madeleine McCann: Back To The Fore, Back To Portugal And Back To The Scene

mccanns3.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY STAR (front page): “MADDIE MUM TO RELIVE SNATCH AGONY”

After the generous donation to the McCanns’ fighting fund, the Star now keeps missing Madeleine in the public eye.

DAILY EXPRESS (front page): “MADLEINE…”

She’s back…

“…POLICE WANT PARENTS BACK IN PORTUGAL”

Express gets Madeleine back on front page. Well, it does have a libel bill to pay…

THE HERALD: “Plan to reconstruct Madeleine’s disappearance ‘upsets’ Kate McCann”

Kate McCann is “upset” at a decision by police to invite her and Gerry back to Portugal to take part in a reconstruction, a friend of the couple said yesterday.

Portuguese officers have invited the McCanns to participate in a reconstruction of the night Madeleine vanished from their holiday apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year…

The friend added: “The family will consider it. If it’s felt there’s a chance of it helping to find Madeleine then, of course, they will do it. But given it is a year on, you have to wonder about the value of it.”

But everything must be done to find Madeleine. And what of the facts?

Kate, 40, a GP, has not returned to work and has remained at home in Rothley, Leicestershire, since her daughter disappeared. Gerry, 39, has returned to work as a heart surgeon.

Such are the facts. And the reconstruction?

Says Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman: “However, Kate and Gerry would very much welcome a Crimewatch-style reconstruction which is broadcast for millions of people to see and could generate important new leads and fresh information.”

THE TIMES: “New anguish for Gerry and Kate McCann over police tactic”

Says Clarence Mitchell: “It’s untrue to say that Kate and Gerry have been called back or summoned back.”

Robert Murat, the other official suspect in the case, will take part in the reconstruction if he is asked to.

THE INDEPENDENT: “Portuguese police want McCanns to return”

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Shannon Matthews: Karen Matthews Arrested, Sentenced To Life In Jail And Counting The Kids

karen-matthews-jail.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Shannon Matthews

DAILY EXPRESS: “SHANNON: NOW HER MOTHER IS CHARGED WITH CHILD NEGLECT”

The mother of kidnapped schoolgirl Shannon Matthews was charged last night with perverting the course of justice and child neglect. Karen Matthews, 32, was dramatically charged after two days of questioning by detectives.

She will appear before Dewsbury Magistrates’ Court this morning. If found guilty, the mother-of-seven could face a maximum penalty of life behind bars.

Life?

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Shannon Matthews’s mother charged by police”

The most serious charge of perverting the course of justice carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, although 10 years is the largest sentence passed in the last 100 years.

100 years?

THE TIMES: “Mother of Shannon Matthews charged with neglect”

Ms Matthews was criticised yesterday by her sister, Julie Poskitt, for apparently not knowing how many children she had. “When Shannon first went missing, Karen told everyone that she had six children,” Mrs Poskitt said. “It took her days to remember she had seven. I remember screaming at the telly, because even though I’m not their mother, I knew she had seven.”

THE SUN: “Estate is like a nastier Beirut”

One resident on Moorside Road, where Karen Matthews lived, told how cops who raided his home uncovered a stash of adult porn.

He said: “There’s nowt wrong with that. We’ve all got porn. Tell me a man who hasn’t porn in his house.”

Shannon’s far better in care

Anila Baig, the Sun’s sometimes-woman –in-a-hajib, is looking at the matter:

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Posted: 9th, April 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (18)


Shannon Matthews: The McCanns, A Shameless Scam And Paul Donovan

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THE STAR: “SHANNON SNATCH ‘SCAM’”

A scam? Who would have thought it?

The mum of Shannon Matthews has allegedy confessed that her daughter’s abduction was just a Shameless scam.

Sobbing Karen Matthews, 32, was arrested on suspicion of perverting justice after reportedly telling a woman detective she had known where Shannon was all along.

Shameless? Ashamed?

In an episode of the Channel 4 comedy drama Shameless, screened just four weeks before Shannon vanished, family head Frank Gallagher’s teenage daughter Debbie staged the fake kidnap of her younger brother Liam in a bid to pocket a £500,000 ransom.

“Missing” Liam – played by Johnny Bennett, nine, – was hidden by Debbie (Rebecca Ryan, 16) at a pal’s home just down the road.

Missing children are a form of entertainment.

DAILY EXPRESS: “MUM: ‘I ALWAYS KNEW WHERE SHANNON WAS’”

The mother of kidnap girl Shannon Matthews has allegedly told police: “I knew where she was, right from day one.”

And the McCanns..?

A spokesman for the McCanns confirmed they had received approaches from “people purporting to be members of Shannon’s family” for donations from the Find Madeleine Fund, but said it had been decided not to get involved.

But the McCanns did get involved.

Gerry and Kate were “deeply concerned” at the plight of Shannon’s family. Kate, 39, said: “My heart goes out to them. We always hoped and prayed that no other family would have to suffer like we have.”

And singer Leona Lewis seized the moment to make an appeal.

THE SUN: “’Family’ beg from McCanns”

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Posted: 8th, April 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (202)


Madeleine McCann: Tapas Nine, Tapas Seven, Three Arguidos And One Child

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DAILY EXPRESS (front page): “MADELEINE: McCANN FRIENDS QUIZZED TODAY”

Madeleine McCann is returned to the Express’s front page for the first time in weeks – the first time since the paper and its siter title the Daily Star donated money to the McCanns’ fighting fund.

THE SUN: “Kate shrink facing quiz”

A top psychologist who has been treating Kate McCann is to face questioning by the Portuguese police.
Alex Pike flew to Portugal to help distraught Kate, 39, hours after daughter Maddie vanished last May and she is still his patient.

Kate and husband Gerry, 40, asked cops to interview Manchester-based Mr Pike to counteract officers’ belief she behaved “suspiciously” following the disappearance.

Can the word of a therapist clear Kate McCann?

THE TIMES: “Lawyer of the Week: Adam Tudor a partner at Carter-Ruck, represents the parents of Madeleine McCann”

Carter-Ruck?

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Madeleine McCann: Paulo Rebelo Arrives And McCanns To Brussels

mccann1.pngMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Madeleine McCann police due to arrive in UK”

The Portuguese police are coming.

Portuguese police are due to arrive in Britain today to observe as the friends of Kate and Gerry McCann are interviewed about the night Madeleine went missing.

And Kate and Gerry McCann?

The McCanns will not be in Leicestershire for the duration of the visit by Mr Rebelo and his team. On Wednesday, they travel to Brussels to lobby MEPs for better co-ordination between European countries when a child goes missing.

They will return to Leicestershire on Thursday evening before the Portuguese officers fly home.

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Shannon Matthews: Karen Matthews ‘Arrested’, Michael Donovan’s Suicide And A Scam

karen-matthews.jpgSHANNON Watch: Anorak’s look at the case of Shannon Matthews in the media

THE SUN (front page): “SHANNON SUSPECT SLASHES WRISTS”

Page 5: “There was blood everywhere.. his life was hanging by a thread”

Unconscious Mike Donovan, 39 – who also took a drugs overdose – was saved by quick- thinking prison officers who raced to give first aid as he lay in a pool of blood.

A jail source said grimly: “His life was hanging by a thread. There was blood everywhere. He would have died but for the prompt action of staff.

“It was a deadly serious suicide bid.”

KIDNAP QUIZ GRAN’S GRIN” – Alice Meehan is the “grinning mum” of Craig Meehan. The policeman behind her is also smiling. But he is not mentioned.

GIRL’S SNUB STUNS MUM” – Shannon would rather play with her kitten than go home. Karen Matthews is on “suicide watch”

Karen Matthews is in a secret location. Although, the police know where she is:

Shannon’s mum Karen is nicked” – Karen Matthews, 32, was being held on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

PA NEWS: A West Yorkshire Police spokesman says: “Police investigating the alleged abduction of a nine-year-old girl have arrested a 32-year-old woman in Dewsbury on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.”

DAILY MIRROR (front page): “SHANNON ACCUSED SLITS HIS WRISTS – Warders foil suicide bid”

Shannon Matthews’ accused kidnapper Michael Donovan has slit his wrists.
What of Shannon’s family?

Fishmonger Craig is accused of possessing 130 indecent images of children on his computer. His mother Alice Meehan and sister Amanda Hyett were both arrested and freed on bail in connection with Shannon’s kidnap.

Alice, 49, Donovan’s sister, was quizzed on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. Amanda, 25, who lives next door to the house Craig shared with Shannon’s mum Karen was questioned on suspicion of assisting an offender. Karen, 32, is mother of six other children.

DAILY EXPRESS (front page): “SHANNON SUSPECT SLASHES WRISTS”

Page 9: “MAN ACCUSED OF SHANNON’S KIDNAP TRIES TO KILL HIMSELF”

Michael Donovan:

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said it was a “serious case of self harm” and that the warders who found him had acted “with great professionalism”.

A jail source said: “His condition is being assessed by a psychiatrist who will try to determine how serious a bid it was to end his life.

“He has apparently tried to claim it was more of a ‘cry for help’. But he will now be viewed as a genuine suicide risk and watched extremely closely.”

And Shannon?

During a three-hour visit on Wednesday – only the second time Karen had seen Shannon since she was found – the mother-of-seven broke down and begged her daughter to come home.

Shannon is said to have replied: “No. I don’t want to come home. I want to go back to my kitten.”

Karen’s mother, June Matthews, who is planning to launch a custody bid for Shannon, said: “During the meeting both Karen and Shannon seemed quite happy but Karen broke down when it was time for Shannon to leave and begged her to come home.

“That must have been devastating for Karen. But it is good news that Shannon is so happy.”

DAILY STAR (front page): “SHANNON SNATCH SUSPECT SLASHES WRISTS”

THE man accused of snatching little Shannon Matthews was rushed to hospital yesterday after trying to kill himself in jail.

Not big Shannon, then?

Detectives are probing claims the youngster’s “abduction” was a family scam to rake in cash after they had seen public donations pour into a fund set up to help find missing Madeleine McCann.

A scam?

Posted: 7th, April 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (112)


Shannon Matthews: Craig Meehan, Vigilantes And Blaming New Labour

craigmeehan-court.jpgSHANNON Watch: Anorak’s look at the case of Shannon Matthews in the media

DAILY STAR (front page): “SHANNON MUM DUMPS LOVER”

THE mum of Shannon Matthews ditched her lover yesterday as he appeared in court accused of possessing porn pictures of children as young as four. But she has now broken off her four-year relationship with the 22-year-old supermarket fishmonger, saying she “didn’t want to be part of his life”.

Karen acted after he appeared in court on 11 charges of possessing 130 indecent images of youngsters. Fourteen of the pictures were said to show adults having sex with children as young as 11. Others showed children aged just four performing sex acts.

Is Craig Meehan innocent?

Says one local: “He wouldn’t last a minute. People on this estate act first and ask questions later. He may be innocent, but these folk won’t wait for a judge and jury. They feel betrayed and are very angry.”

TIMES: “Shannon Matthews: Craig Meehan remanded in custody”

The partner of Shannon Matthews’s mother was remanded in custody charged with possessing 140 pornographic images of children on two computers.

Or 130 images? Meehan is a “supermarket fishmonger”. Such are the facts.

THE SUN: “I want nothing to do with him”

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Madeleine McCann: The McCanns’ Return To Portugal, A Year Of Looking And Ben Affleck

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THE SUN: “McCanns risk arrest over visit”

KATE and Gerry McCann may risk arrest by returning to Portugal for the one-year anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance.

The couple are prepared to take the chance in a last ditch attempt to revive interest in four-year-old Maddie, missing since May 3.

Any facts?

The doctors, both 39, left the Praia da Luz resort last September – 48 hours after being made official suspects over the mystery.

Gerry and Kate McCann are Doctors. Such are the facts.

Says the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “They want to be there for the first anniversary. Going out there would send the strongest possible message that Madeleine could still be alive and the search for her should continue.”

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD: “Turning the tabloids”

Ben Affleck is Gone Baby Gone:

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Stolen ID And Wrongly Branded A Paedophile

CAN there be much worse than being wrongly branded paedophile?

With ID fraud on the rise, the assumption is you’ll lose money which can be claimed back. But Simon Bunce lost his job, and his father cut off contact, when he was arrested after an ID fraudster used his credit card details on a child porn website.

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Shannon Matthews: Craig Meehan And Paul Donovan News Round Up

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ANKIT Saha: “From my humble legal viewpoint, I find it quite startling that the Police took the action they did against Meechan. Normally the authorities operate against the issue of child porn on the level of website owners and online distributors.”

DAILY EXPRESS: “SHANNON’S STEPFATHER REMANDED”

THE stepfather of kidnapped schoolgirl Shannon Matthews was remanded in custody today after being charged with possessing child pornography.

Craig Meehan, 22, appeared at Dewsbury Magistrates Court this morning facing 11 charges of possessing 140 indecent images of children.

He will remain in police custody until April 11 when he will reappear at the court.

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Madeleine McCann: Robert Murat Sees His Daughter

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DAILY MAIL: “Madeleine suspect Robert Murat back in Britain to see his five-year-old daughter”

It is understood Mr Murat had not seen five-year-old Sofia since being named an official suspect in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann almost a year ago.

Hunting Madeleine McCann And Robert Murat

Two weeks ago he informed police he wanted to visit the UK and see Sofia – and was allowed to do so. The fact that Portuguese authorities did not stand in his way suggests there is no evidence against Mr Murat.

Was it ever suggested by police that there was evidence against the “creepy” “oddball”? The man whose “alibi was blown“. Or was it the tabloid press making the suggestions and the police taking note?

Says Mrs Murat: “All he wanted to do was help the McCanns.”

Madeleine McCann: Robert Murat’s trial buy media

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Shannon Matthews: Stepdad Craig Meehan Arrested

shannon-matthews-new1.jpgSHANNON Watch: Anorak’s look at the case of Shannon Matthews in the media

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST: “Today’s development came on the day that Karen Matthews, 32, was due to have a second meeting with her daughter Shannon – who is still being looked after by a foster family.

“The YEP has been informed that Social Services bosses have spent the last few days arranging for the visit to take place – at an undisclosed location.

“However, that reunion has now been put on hold in light of the arrest of Karen’s partner. The YEP has also learned that detectives probing Shannon’s 24 day disappearance are still interviewing the youngster. They are anxious to establish exactly what happened to her during the time she was missing. However, detectives are able to interview her for only short periods at a time because of her tender age, and the delicate nature of the questioning.”

DAILY MAIL: “Police arrest Shannon Matthews’ stepfather on child porn charges”

Police investigating the disappearance of Shannon Matthews have arrested her stepfather Craig Meehan on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.

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Madeleine McCann: McCanns’ Police Files, Evidence And Organised Crime

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THE SCOTSMAN: “McCanns set to see police ‘evidence’ against them”

Says the paper: “Madeleine McCann’s parents could see the Portuguese authorities’ case against them within a fortnight.”

Could…

Rogerio Alves said police files may be made public on 14 April, when the official secrecy period covering the investigation into the young girl’s disappearance is due to end. The Portuguese lawyer said this period could only be extended in major inquiries, such as those involving terrorism and organised crime.

But if Madeleine was taken by an organised group of human traffickers, as has been suggested many times, what is that if not organised crime? The “could” would becomes a “could not”.

THE TIMES: “McCanns may see file”

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Madeleine McCann: The Sangria 7 And Introducing The McCanns’ Lawyers

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GLASGOW DAILY RECORD: “POLICE FLYING IN TO QUIZ TAPAS 7”
The Sangria 7. It’s the Tapas 9.

Detective Superintendent Stuart Prior, who heads the British arm of the probe, is likely to lead the interviews. Police chief Paulo Rebelo, the man in charge of the investigation, is also likely to make the high-profile trip to Britain.

Detectives want to clear up any “inconsistencies” in the group’s stories about what happened the night Madeleine went missing.

Says McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell:

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Madeleine McCann: Fiona MacKeown Compares And More Questions

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DAILY MAIL: “The very sinister cover-up behind Scarlett’s murder in Goa”

The paper looks to Fiona MacKeown, mother to murdered teenager Scarlett Keeling.

“I have nine children which makes you strong and there has been a lot to do. When I have nothing to do but think – it’s very hard. She really fought for her life and I think about that all the time.”

How does she feel about all the criticism of her for leaving Scarlett?

“I’m not surprised, really. Look at what’s been said about Madeleine McCann’s mother, and she is the picture of elegance.”

Says Fiona Mackeown, the media’s Charlotte Rampling.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Madeleine McCann police in last ditch visit”

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Posted: 31st, March 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (932)


Madeleine McCann: A Tapas Quiz, Doctors And McCanns

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SUNDAY PEOPLE: “COPS’ 3-DAY TAPAS QUIZ”

Big news for those who thought the cops’ specialist food knowledge was donuts and kebabs. Cops making a last-ditch bid to solve the Maddie McCann mystery will spend only THREE DAYS quizzing the Tapas Seven.

Not the Tapas Nine. Not the Sangria Seven.

The detectives are particularly keen to see Dr David Payne, Jane Tanner and her partner Dr Russell O’Brien. Doctors Gerry and Kate, both 39, are not expected to face more questioning.

Doctors. Such are the facts.

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Posted: 30th, March 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (572)


Madeleine McCann: 100 More Questions, McCanns And Shannon

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DAILY MIRROR: “100 QUESTIONS FOR TAPAS SEVEN”

The same 100 questions Portuguese police compiled last November, or new ones?

Kate and Gerry McCann’s holiday friends will be quizzed again to check alleged discrepancies in their stories. The Tapas Seven, who had dinner with the McCanns on the night their daughter Madeleine, four, vanished, will have more than 100 questions put to them by Portuguese police.

Tapas Seven. Tapas Nine. What will the tabloids settle on?

The Mirror quotes a source who tells a source, Portuguese paper 24 Horas: “We are at a crucial phase. There are clear contradictions in the statements that the McCanns and their friends gave. Many things have to be clarified. The need to question Madeleine’s parents again will be determined by the results of the interrogations of their holiday friends.”

In which instance the Tapas Nine will be questioned.

SPENBOROUGH GUARDIAN: “The Shannon Matthews documentary was about more than a missing girl”

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Posted: 29th, March 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (783)


Madeleine McCann: Heather Mills, Bad Jokes And A Lynch Mob

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THE SCOTSMAN: “Child molester escapes mob”

A convicted child molester, Santiago del Valle Garcia, arrested in connection with the violent death of a five-year-old Spanish girl, narrowly escaped a mob who tried to grab him from a police van.

The man has yet to be charged with kidnapping and killing Mari Luz Cortes.

The girl disappeared less than two hours’ drive from where Madeleine McCann vanished in May 2007.

Is a two hour drive so very near? It takes around one and a half hours to drive from London to Birmingham, or across London.

CBS NEWS: “Loathing Heather Mills – Why Britain Hates The Former Mrs. McCartney”

You either love her or you hate her but the chances are that if you are British and you have ever heard her or seen her – you probably hate her. Heather Mills – the ex-Mrs Paul McCartney – is our latest willing export across the Atlantic. We loathe her – I mean really, really loathe her.

Well, most of us admire Lady Heather, but as for love, that would be stretching things. Can we settle on lusting after her? But what has this do with a missing child?

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Posted: 28th, March 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (815)