Thursday, June 30, 2011

The bead and the hair from the last photo forgotten...

THURSDAY, MAY 3: Milk and biscuits for the kids. I left them with this and books and games and went to have a quick shower/wash my hair. M (Madeleine) tired—sitting on my lap—I read the story of Mog (favourite children's book).

Brush teeth. To the bedroom with the kids. M pulls away and puts her head on pillow. Kisses goodnight for M. Pulled the door to as far as possible without shutting it. Silence.

Dry hair. Put make-up on. Glass of wine. Restaurant.

FRIDAY, MAY 4: No sleep, Gerry and I started looking through the streets around 06.00 as it was starting to get light. Nobody around. Why not? Desperate.

Minutes seem like hours. Outside of the apartments masses of people asking questions about that night and for descriptions of Madeleine. Long day.

Nobody from the police introduced themselves. Nobody offered us a drink or food. All the police dressed informally and smoking. No sympathy was shown and far from inspiring.

I believe my statement would have been around 15.00 and such. They allowed G (Gerry) to come in with me but seated behind me. Translator present.

The police officer who took us by car to the station was the one asking the questions and afterwards typed the answers on a typewriter. Morose.

We left the police station around 7.30pm to 8pm. After 15 minutes we received a call from the PJ saying we had to go back but they didn't tell us why. We turned around and flew back at around 200 kilometres an hour. Once again frightening. Did they find her? Please God. Is she dead? Prayers. We arrived—they showed us a photo of a girl they'd forgotten to show us from the close circuit TV footage. Not M. Devastating.

SATURDAY, MAY 12: Madeleine is four years old. Day at resort with holiday group. Special Mass for Madeleine at 18.00 in Praia da Luz.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

John McCann : Downing Street and a circus born over a late night chat !

It is late Sunday night, and in the kitchen of a large house in the Jordanhill area of Glasgow John McCann, uncle of the abducted four-year-old Madeleine McCann, is brainstorming with Andrew and Jill Renwick and Paul Macintyre, medical friends of Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate.

They talk of getting bookmarks with Madeleine’s picture inserted into every copy of the final Harry Potter book this summer. They are enlisting the help of the actors Ewan McGregor and Daniel Craig and the director Stephen Frears at the Cannes Film Festival. They want to highlight Madeleine’s plight at the Tour de France, at the summer’s international golf tournaments, and at next weekend’s grand prix in Monaco where the Spyker team has agreed to put posters on its cars.

They want appeals for information screened in cinemas across Europe, and Mrs Renwick suggests asking the cartoon channel Nickelodeon to broadcast Madeleine’s picture.

It all sounds hugely ambitious, but in the 18 days since Madeleine’s abduction the McCann family and their friends have shown that little is beyond them.
Resourceful, tireless and determined, they have mounted a DIY campaign to find Madeleine unprecedented in its scale and scope. They have made Madeleine’s face ubiquitous. They have turned her into one of the few people known internationally by a single name.

The website went live last Tuesday. A chain e-mail begun by Philomena McCann, an Ullapool teacher who is Madeleine’s aunt, has carried her picture into tens of millions of homes worldwide. The campaign has attracted offers of more than £2.5 million in rewards from the likes of J. K. Rowling, Sir Richard Branson, Sir Philip Green and the Scottish tycoon Stephen Winyard. More than 50,000 people have sent messages of support, and John McCann expects the campaign to have raised more than £1 million by the week’s end.

The campaign had an appeal broadcast on Wembley’s giant screens at last Saturday’s FA Cup final – reaching a potential audience of 500 million in 160 countries, and at the Uefa Cup final in Glasgow between the Spanish teams Espanyol and Sevilla. It has enlisted the help of Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and John Terry, and of Liverpool’s players before tomorrow’s European Champions League final.

England’s cricketers wore yellow ribbons at Lord’s. The racing drivers Jenson Button and David Coulthard have put Madeleine’s pictures on their websites. BP, Exxon, McDonald’s and other retail chains such as Carrefour have agreed to display posters at thousands of outlets across Europe.

Gordon Brown has pledged his support. Last Friday John McCann was dining with friends when Downing Street called to say that the Chancellor was on the line. Minutes later Mr McCann’s mobile – on which he takes hundreds of calls daily – ran out of power, cutting off Britain’s next Prime Minister in mid-sentence. Yesterday morning, as Mr McCann was talking to The Times, his mobile rang again. It was Revenue & Customs, calling at Mr Brown’s request to discuss how the fund could gain charitable status.

As John McCann points out, it is not bad for a “bunch of amateurs”. The campaign has now employed professional media and legal advisers, and will shortly take on a manager and financial administrator, but it has for the most part been inspired and run by Madeleine’s parents and a small circle of relatives and friends – several of them medical colleagues of the McCanns – using every contact they can muster.

Their link to the football world was Stuart Hillis, a Glasgow cardiologist who worked with Scotland’s football team and knew Sir Alex Ferguson. A Leicester cardiologist and rugby fan roped in Martin Johnson. A former pupil of Philomena McCann’s set up the website. An Aberdeen GP enlisted the oil companies through executives he knows.

When Gerry McCann promised to leave “no stone unturned” in his hunt for his daughter, he meant it. His doctor friends have mobilised medical associations throughout Europe, and are doing the same with other professional organisations representing lawyers, dentists, accountants, ophthalmologists and the like. Appeals for Madeleine are now available on the internet in 16 languages. The campaign is about to distribute 1.2 million leaflets at London’s three main airports.

Everyone wants to help. Lorry drivers supplying Glasgow’s fruit market are dropping off posters at all the cafés and petrol stations on their routes across Europe. Travel agents send out pictures with customers’ tickets.

The campaign has two nerve centres. One is in Praia da Luz. The other is the Glasgow sitting room of John McCann, 48, who is on indefinite leave from his job as a medical rep for the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. There he fields endless e-mails and telephone calls.

Arguably the campaign has been almost too successful. The Portuguese police may be so overwhelmed with tips that the critical one will be overlooked. “I’m a bit scared that something will get swamped,” John McCann says.

The other danger is that after so much exposure, Madeleine’s kidnappers will never dare to take her anywhere public.

The campaigners are exhausted, but remain resolutely optimistic. They talk of things they will do “when Madeleine is back”, of using unspent money to help to find other abducted children.

“The thing that’s kept us going is hope, hope and prayer,” said John McCann. “Someone out there must know something about it. The world is too small nowadays for this sort of thing to happen and just be buried.”

But they admit to black moments. “I’m worst in the mornings,” said Andrew Renwick. John McCann admits bursting into tears on the treadmill one day, but says: “It’s usually late at night it hits me.”

The worst scenario of all would be for the weeks to turn into months, and the months into years, with the family never hearing of her again. John McCann finds that too awful to contemplate. “I don’t know how we’d cope with that,” he says.

Brian Kennedy : Weatherseal:He's 238th richest in Britain but weatherseal won't fix a flood of complaints.

Brian Kennedy: Weatherseal and Everest:

QUOTE: Have been told that lots of people in Shetland had loads of problems with them as well and they were eventualy chased off the island. Lots of complaints were listed in The Shetland Times i am led to believe.

Quote:  Please remember too that Weatherseal & Everest are the SAME company.
The sales people are all trained to behave the same way, so don't let them near the poor man's house either.
Being commission based, any of these sales people would sell him a conservatory on stilts on an upstairs bedroom, or even a patio door on the roof, cause that's how they make their money, a sale at any cost, from anybody, at any time...!!!

QUOTE :My advice would be to not use these companies at all. See if someone you trust can recommend a local contractor and get a quote from them, I'd stay away from the likes of weatherseal, everest etc. Their selling tactics are nothing short of harrassment.

Old habits die hard : Looks like Kennedy has been using some of his harrassment' sales tactics' on a few witnesssess even if he no longer owned the company...Paul Anthony Gordon for starters !!!!!!!!&s=de0c16474e5e9492a538dbfede452e3a

Brian Kennedy : Everest could sell for £200m

By Ben Marlow
Last updated at 10:23 AM on 8th April 2007

Double-glazing firm Everest is looking into a sale that could value it at up to £200m - Pricewaterhouse-Coopers has been appointed to find potential buyers for the firm, one of the biggest in the sector.

A sale would mean multi-million pound windfalls for Everest's senior management and Halifax Bank of Scotland, which bought the company for £63m in 2003 from the 3i private equity firm.

It would also mean yet another bumper pay day for Cheshire-based Brian Kennedy, who sold the firm to the 3i-backed management buyout team but retained a substantial stake.

Kennedy, whose personal fortune is thought to be about £250m, was recently revealed as the man partnering former Newcastle United manager Graeme Souness in his attempt to buy Wolverhampton Wanderers football club for £20m.

Kennedy, an Edinburgh-born former window cleaner, has built a home improvements business empire that, along with Everest, includes about 20 companies with a combined annual turnover of more than £500m. In recent years, he has bought and sold Stockport football club and has also taken over the champion Sale Sharks rugby union team.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

David Bret’s opinion (and he is opinionated) of the #McCanns

David Bret posts a warning on his Blog – that he opinionated. He certainly is!
I do not like this couple, quite simply for the way they have conducted themselves during this enquiry. I find them arrogant, rude, and totally unsympathetic to what has happened to their daughter. Any other couple persistently leaving their children unattended while off wining and dining with friends would have found themselves pilloried to the highest degree. This couple have not, so far as I am aware, expressed the slightest regret–or apology–for doing so. In filmed interviews, their body language (and studying body-language was an integral component of my previous profession) tells me something that I will not and dare not write here. What other couple would hire a public relations man and spokesman for an alleged £75,000 per year? And why would they wish to do this? Ben Needham’s mother didn’t–neither have the grieving parents of Claudia Lawrence. Do they have something to hide, that they may not speak directly to we mere mortals?
This arrogance, in my opinion, peaked when the McCanns asked Prime Minister Cameron to review the case–they did so by way of a non-impartial tabloid newspaper, and, rather than having the good manners to thank him personally for his action, chose to do so via their spokesman. Yes, even the country’s leader is from the way I see things beneath these two.
I would also like to see published accounts of where the vast amounts of money raised for The Madeleine McCann fund have actually gone. I do know, if press reports are correct, that some of this has been used to pay the McCanns’ mortgage. I would also like to know exactly why they felt it necessary to have their own spokesman–well, I think I know why, but again I will not say here.
The $64,000 question will always be this, until this mystery is solved: did Kate Healy and Gerry McCann kill their little daughter?
I cannot and will not answer this, because I was not there. What I can do is draw attention to the two tracker dogs, alleged to be 100 % effective in previous police investigations. These dogs, the Portugues police say, sniffed out evidence that a corpse had been hidden in the McCanns’ apartment and car. The Portugues police also believed, back in 2007, that Maddie had died accidentally, and that while Kate Healy may have wanted to go to the police, her husband forced her to help him hide Maddie’s body. The Portuguese police also believe that the story of an abduction was made up, so that Maddie’s parents could cover their tracks. I’m not saying this is what happened–just what one source revealed to The Daily Telegraph. So if Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman, wants to sue me for this, he will have to also sue the newspaper from which I copied it.
The McCanns have also allegedly hampered the police investigations here and in Portugal by steadfastly refusing to answer certain and many questions–questions which on the surface seem very pertinent. Why? And why have their statements and those of their witnesses–particularly Jane Tanner–been so very inconsistent. One could imagine this happening to questions asked four years after the event, but these “blips” occurred within days and sometimes even hours after the little girl disappeared. Nothing will alter the fact that three children–just two, if Maddie was already dead–were neglected by their parents–an act for which no action has been taken. Were this a couple from a council estate in Barnsley or Hackney, would not Social Services have been involved?
This is a sad, sad affair. I for one believe that Madeleine McCann is dead. I believe this solely on the evidence of those tracker dogs. How and when she died, I cannot say but only summise. Whatever happened, the culpability rests solely with their parents for leaving them unattended.
I have an uneasy gut feeling on how this will all end. It is a feeling shared by many many people throughout the world, who like myself believe that there is allegedly much more to this case than a missing child. Again I dare not repeat this here–but I do wish with all my heart that I will be proved wrong.
Also, in Discussion on the Amazon board, David Bret posted this:
“Several of my books have been serialised in the Express, along with articles I’ve written for them on commisson, therefore last week I submitted a piece regarding my letter to Cameron–nothing nasty or even controversial. I just wanted to know if it was morally and legally acceptable for the McCanns to be using money from the Maddie fund to pay for libel action they are allegedly taking. Number 10 responded favourably, but the sub-editor of the Express explained over the phone yesterday that no papers will print anything regarded as unfavourable regarding the McCanns, and that the couple’s “office” had complained that a picture of them laughing was unfavourable at it is a “misrepresentation” of how they feel, which was why they insisted it should be removed. As happened with Canada, the press have now been instructed NOT to publish any more pictures of them which do not portray them as looking sad, or on the verge of tears.
All of this will of course only go towards making matters much much worse for them if this case turns out as many of us suspect it will–we will see some of the most poisonous headlines in publishing history.”

Madeleines Body was Dumped at Sea...

Madeleine McCann's body was dumped at sea, a former Portuguese police chief claims in a novel about the case.

In Paulo Cristovao's fictional account the little girl's disappearance is never solved.

But Kate and Gerry McCann's spokesman accused the ex-inspector - who never worked on the case - of trying to profit from the couple's misfortune, saying his claims were "hurtful and distressing".

Cristovao's novel, The Star Of Madeleine, follows two fictional police officers as they attempt to unravel the mystery.

They end their investigation staring out at the Atlantic Ocean and the case remains unsolved - an outcome the McCanns have described as their worst nightmare.

Cristovao has been a constant critic of the McCanns, and previously called for them to be arrested for leaving their children alone in their Algarve holiday apartment on the night Madeleine vanished in May last year.

At the novel's launch in Portugal, he made no apology for the anguish the story might cause, saying: "I am sure Madeleine's parents will not like the book."
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Madeleine and pony
Madeleine riding a pony helped by her mother, Kate. The four-year-old has been missing since a family holiday to the Algarve last May

Cristovao stopped short of accusing the couple, of Rothley, Leicestershire, saying: "In their shoes, I'd behave in exactly the same way as they did during the investigation.

"I would defend myself with all the weapons that I could use. The difference in this world is that some have more weapons than others."

But their spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said: "It is a great pity that people still feel the need to profit out of Madeleine's disappearance.

"That is very distressing for Kate and Gerry.
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Kate Gerry McCann
The former police chief has already claimed that Kate and Gerry McCann are probably responsible for their daughter's disappearance. The couple deny any involvement

"The efforts that people are putting into this kind of profiteering would be better spent helping the investigation to find Madeleine.

"If Mr Cristovao feels he has any information relevant to that search then we would ask him to help with that investigation.

"Beyond that we won't dignify these so-called books with a comment."
Cristovao said his book was "pro-Portugal" and it contains thinly veiled criticism of Britain's political involvement in the case.

In the novel the police officers face pressure from British diplomats as they try to unravel the mystery.

In reality, Portuguese police have criticised Gordon Brown's decision to raise the investigation in meetings with his Portuguese counterpart, and have hit out at political interference.

Cristovao worked for the Policia Judiciaria for several years, on cases including the hunt for missing nineyearold Joana Cipriano, who disappeared in 2004, from Figueira, just seven miles from Praia da Luz.

Her body has never been found. Her mother Leonor was later accused and convicted of her murder, but has since claimed that police beat her into making a confession.

Cristovao and three others have been accused of torturing her.

The disgraced former head of the Madeleine inquiry, Goncalo Amaral, has denied claims that he covered up the torture.

Cristovao, who left the force following the case, has also written about a book about it, called The Star Of Joana.

Mrs Cipriano, 36, and her brother Joao were jailed for 16 years for the murder but her lawyer hopes to overturn the conviction at the European Court of Human Rights.

There have been several books published in Portugal about Madeleine, who vanished days before her fourth birthday.

The majority have been critical of the McCanns' decision to leave their children alone in their holiday apartment while they dined with friends.
Some have suggested they could have been involved in Madeleine's disappearance.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Madeleine suspect's lawyer attacks 'these bloody McCanns'

Last updated at 15:34 09 August 2007

The McCann family today came under an astonishing attack from the lawyer for the only suspect in the hunt for their missing daughter.

Robert Murat's lawyer accused Madeleine's parents of "strange" behaviour, referring to the fact that they had left the three-year-old alone in their holiday apartment.

He then went on to claim that inhabitants of Praia da Luz in the Algarve, where Madeleine went missing, now just wanted "these bloody McCanns" to leave Portugal and return to Britain.
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McCanns Gerry and Kate McCann have been subjected to an astonishing new attack by Murat's lawyer
The decision of Mr Murat's lawyer to go on the offensive today follows increasing signs that the case against his client may soon be dropped.

The rebuke will heap pressure on Gerry and Kate McCann who have been subjected to vitriolic smears in the Portuguese media in the past few days.

Yesterday the Portuguese daily newspaper Diario de Noticias continued its campaign against the McCanns by suggesting that police had intercepted incriminating emails between the McCanns and their friends

These attacks followed the discovery of traces of blood in the apartment, although tests are not yet back on whether the blood is Madeleine's.

In an interview with the Evening Standard, Francisco Pagarete, a lawyer who has known Mr Murat since childhood, declared: "As a Portuguese person I think it is strange that somebody would leave their kids.

"Then, after the first thing happened, they left their twins and went to see the Pope. It was like the McCanns on tour.

"When I was a small child my parents had me on a leash so I would not run away. Kids are like that. Incidents can happen. Maybe the poor child could open the door and got away.

"You would never leave them alone like that in a foreign country and go and have a drink. It is not a normal thing."

Mr Pagarete added: "People in Praia da Luz say, 'These bloody McCanns should just go away and leave this town. They are giving it a bad name'."

The series of attacks on the couple is understood to have prompted them to abandon a high-profile campaign to publicise their daughter's disappearance in Portugal.

The statements have been described as "hurtful" by a spokeswoman for the couple.

The McCanns, both doctors from Leicestershire, were considering a tour of the country to mark, on Saturday, 100 days since Madeleine vanished.

The tour has been abandoned and Gerry McCann has made it clear that the couple want to "stay low-key" until the current storm blows over.

It is understood that yesterday evening they visited police headquarters in Portimao to discuss progress in the hunt for Madeleine.

Police sources say that the McCanns were told again they were not suspects in the case after a series of allegations in local newspapers.

Mr Pagarete's intervention will not have helped the McCanns who are facing a backlash in Portugal, where they have taken up residence since Madeleine went missing on 3 May.

Mr Murat, 33, has been named an official suspect by police, although little if any evidence appears to link him to Madeleine's disappearance.

Mr Pagarete, 32, who has invited Britishborn Mr Murat to his wedding next week, said his friend and client just wanted to clear his name and get on with his life.

Mr Murat, a father of one, has also been subjected to smears in the media.
Mr Pagarete added: "If the police never clear this matter up, Robert Murat will always be pointed at in the street as the number one suspect. It has been a nightmare for him and a long one. Let's hope it finishes soon."

Madeleine McCann Madeleine McCann has been missing for three months

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A child therapist said she was "100 per cent sure" she saw the young girl at a restaurant in the Flemish town of Tongeren

Volvo in Belgian Madeleine 'sighting' had fake plates, say police

Last updated at 10:59 09 August 2007

The Belgian couple spotted with a girl thought to be Madeleine may have been driving a car with false number plates, it was reported last night.

Despite finding no DNA connection to Madeleine, police are still trying to trace the car, a modern black Volvo registered in Belgium, used by the couple and the young girl when they left the cafe.

Officers have been unable to find the couple after checks on black Volvos with the letters VUV on the registration as this car was reported to have.

Yesterday, Belgian prosecutors confirmed a DNA sample taken from a restaurant where a woman reported seeing Madeleine McCann was not linked to the missing four-year-old.

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Guilty feeling: the woman who says he saw Madeleine in the cafe
A police spokeswoman said the sample was from a man but said officers have not ruled out that Madeleine was present as he might have finished the bottle of drink.

A child therapist said she was "100 per cent sure" she saw the young girl at a restaurant in the Flemish town of Tongeren, not far from the Dutch border, on July 28.

The witness said the girl was with a couple, a Dutch man and an English-speaking woman, who were acting strangely and not like "normal parents".
Sightings of four-year-old Madeleine have been reported all over Europe and further afield since she was snatched from her family's holiday apartment in Portugal on May 3.

Although so far none has proved positive, the young girl's mother said they helped her by demonstrating that people were still looking for her daughter.

Madeleine: the test proves she was not in Belgium
Kate McCann told BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour in an interview to be broadcast today: "We haven't had any news to the contrary that Madeleine isn't alive, and that's very important.

"And there have been many cases of children that have been found much later than this so again that's reassuring - so the hope's still there."

She and her husband Gerry faced the cameras again yesterday to affirm their belief that their daughter was still alive amid new speculation she was killed on the night she vanished.

Portuguese newspapers reported that detectives now suspected the young girl was not abducted, but died in her family's holiday flat in the Algarve village of Praia da Luz.

Blood specks found in the apartment are now being tested to see if they came from the missing four-year-old, reports claimed.

Sitting side by side, Kate and Gerry McCann spoke in subdued tones as they gave an interview to rebut suggestions that police now think Madeleine is dead.

The couple said they continued to "hope and pray" every day for the key breakthrough in the police investigation that would bring their daughter back to them.

Mr McCann, a cardiologist, said he and his wife "strongly believed" Madeleine was alive when she was taken from the apartment.
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A waitress at the cafe where a witness claims she saw Madeleine drinking a milkshake
"We're not naive, but on numerous occasions the Portuguese police have assured us that they were looking for Madeleine alive."

Portuguese newspapers have suggested the police investigation is moving away from Robert Murat, at present the only official suspect or "arguido" in the case.

Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa, of the investigative Policia Judiciara (PJ), said it was the "official position" that the McCann family were not suspects.

Portuguese papers said yesterday that the McCanns would be re-interviewed by police shortly, but a family source said the couple had not been told about this.

The McCanns, who have remained in Portugal with their two-year-old twins, are gearing up for a bleak landmark this weekend - on Saturday it will be 100 days since Madeleine went missing on May 3.

So far there has been no major breakthrough in the case, and a second search of Mr Murat's home at the weekend apparently uncovered no new evidence.

Anglo-Portuguese Mr Murat, 33, has always strenuously maintained his innocence, and hopes the results of the search will prove he had no involvement in her disappearance.

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Mrs Oldfield said: "There would only be a small window for somebody to do it (abduct Madeleine), but presumably if somebody had been watching our movements then it would have been possible."

Mystery of Madeleine parents' secret emails 'intercepted by police'

Last updated at 11:12 09 August 2007

The friends who were with Madeleine McCann's parents on the night she disappeared have tried to shake off a growing whispering campaign against them.

They have spoken out after a Portuguese newspaper claimed police had 'intercepted' emails and phone calls between Kate and Gerry McCann and their friends.

These, the newspaper reported, provided 'decisive proof' that Madeleine was not kidnapped, but died in the family's holiday apartment in Portugal.
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McCanns Anger over rumours: Kate McCann and Gerry McCann pictured with their twins, hidden by the pushchair canopy
Diario de Noticias, a respected national daily, said 'police sources' insisted the intercepted 'messages' were key evidence.

Other newspapers have already made a series of lurid and unsubstantiated claims about the McCanns.

Yesterday, stung by such claims, their friend Rachael Oldfield, a 36-year- old London recruitment consultant, suggested the police could be 'leaking' confidential information to the Press.

"I think there are some leaks coming from the police, but a lot of what I have read recently has been completely untrue," she said.

"Whether a journalist has had a bit of information and made the rest up, or the police are feeding some truth or untruths I just don't know."
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Rachael Oldfield and Fiona Payne who were with the McCanns in Portugal
Another of the party, Dr Fiona Payne, said: "You cannot attach any significance to what is being reported (in the Portuguese press)."

Mrs Oldfield, who is married to doctor Matthew Oldfield and has a one-year-old daughter, said: "It is very hurtful and it is all rather ludicrous. But it is difficult to defend because the investigationand everything in it is confidential. We don't want to jeopardise the investigation in any way or Madeleine's life. We are a bit stuck, really."

The Oldfields were at dinner with the McCanns and the rest of their party, Jane Tanner and Russell O'Brien from Exeter, Fiona and David Payne from Leicester and an unnamed woman, when Madeleine vanished from her bed in the holiday apartments in Praia da Luz on May 3.

The adults told police they had taken it in turns to check on their sleeping children, including Madeleine and her two yearold twin brother and sister, in nearby apartments.

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McCanns The McCanns during their interview on Sky News said that they would not comment on any speculation regarding Madeleine's disappearance
madeleine Madeleine has been missing for three months

In statements to the Policia Judiciaria investigators, which were leaked to Sol magazine, Mr McCann said he first checked his three children at 9.05pm and thought it 'strange' that the bedroom door was ajar. He checked the window and shutters, which were both closed, and left.

Jane Tanner said she took her turn ten minutes later and saw a darkhaired man carrying a child in his arms as she came back.

Minutes after her return, according to police statements, Matthew Oldfield checked the children and noticed nothing unusual.

Mrs McCann went at 10pm and said she found the apartment window open, heavy metal shutters raised and her daughter missing.

Police say there are discrepancies between the timings given by the McCann party and staff and other diners in the restaurant that night.

One Portuguese newspaper yesterday, which quoted 'police sources', said: "If everything happened as the English holidaymakers say, in terms of their checking the children, it would be almost impossible for a kidnap to have taken place."

Mrs Oldfield said: "There would only be a small window for somebody to do it (abduct Madeleine), but presumably if somebody had been watching our movements then it would have been possible."

The McCanns, who on Tuesday denied stories in the Portuguese press that implied they had 'accidentally' killed their daughter, spent an hour with detectives yesterday afternoon.

They learned that a possible sighting of Madeleine in a Belgian cafe had been largely discounted after tests on a drinking straw used by the little girl spotted showed the DNA of an adult male.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Madeleine : FACEBOOK comments

Father Pacheco

A day in the life of the McCanns

24 May 2007
Today Kate and I went to the Shrine at
Fatima to pray for Madeleine´s safe return. It was another early start
leaving at 6.30am. Mark Warner, who have looked after us so well,
laid on a car and driver. We managed to continue the campaign with
telephone conversations and e-mails. The actual visit was
veryencouraging with the rector and thousands of pilgrims praying for
Madeleine as well Kate and I. We lit candles for Madeleine and also 3
for Madeleine’s grandparents. The trip received a lot of publicity which
should help maintain the profile of her abduction. We are planning a
relatively quiet day tomoorow although the British Ambaasador is coming
to visit and we need to start finalising our plans for interviews in
areas of Europe where the coverage of Madeleine’s disappaerance has
been limited.

No Update for 25 May 2007.

Day to day life for the McCann's

Usually there’s some free time then for a few stories or games with the twins before heading out.
9.00-9.15 We take Sean and Amelie to
Kids’ Club. They really enjoy it and run in. They know the staff well
and the staff are all excellent. Both love the domestic corner and
Amelie particularly likes to look after ‘babies’. We use the kids club a
bit like nursery at home but we think Sean and Amelie still think they
are on holiday!

9.30~12.15. We return to the apartments,
usually for a series of meetings with our press officer, Mark Warner
Reps, occasionally Consulate staff, lawyers and British Liaison
officers. During this time we catch up with family and close friends,
usually by telephone and discuss ideas how to keep Madeleine’s profile
high especially throughout continental Europe.

12.30 Time to pick up Sean and Amelie
from Kids’ club then head back to apartment for lunch, which has usually
been prepared by one of our family/friends group who have been
tremendously supportive.

13.30 –14.30 This is time to spend time playing with the twins either in the apartment or in the play area next to kids club.

14.30-15.00 Usually we take the twins
back to Kids’ Club although Sean has had the odd afternoon in the
apartment as it’s a bit cooler and he’s not much of a sun worshipper!
They have been taking part in many different activities including
painting, singing, stories, swimming, trips to the beach and they have
lots of toys to play with.

15.00~17.00 We try to get some time
together alone, going for a walk to talk things over or getting some
exercise. This is often the time for quiet trips to the church for

17.00-17.30 Meet kids for high tea with
other mums and dads. They love pasta and have been doing really well
with their vegetables although a few chips have been squeezed in.

17.30-18.30. Games with kids at play area. Amelie loves trying to get in the baby pool!

18.30-19.30 Bath and story time with the twins.

20.00 We put the kids to bed.

20.30-23.00 We try to sit down for a
family meal, again usually cooked by one of the small family group out
here with us. Chat about the day’s events and plan the next day

23.30 bed and prayer for Madeleine that she will be returned to us safely ASAP.
In addition to above we try to attend
various church services during the week, and make multiple phone calls
to family and friends. We try to watch the main news early morning and
late evening but have had almost no time to read the newspapers or even
look at the pictures!

Kate is a keen runner and in the last few
days has tried to include a run in the daily routine. Yesterday (Sat)
at 7am we ran to the monument at the top of the steep cliff overlooking
Praia de Luz. We reached it in 19 minutes.

Madeleine McCann a perfect ...

Madeleine McCann *A Perfect…*

Madeleine was born in May 2003 a long-awaited and very much longed for small girl. She lives in the village of Rothley in Leicester, with her mummy and daddy and small brother and sister, Sean and Amelie.
Madeleine is a very pleased small girl with an outgoing personality. She has always been a very well loved small person, appealing to both children and adults alike with her amusing and engaging chatter. She has many friends who obviously miss her dearly. Despite her young age, it often felt like Madeleine had been on this earth before!
Like most girls her age, she likes dolls and dresses (and anything pink and sparkly) but with a certain taste for action-adventure too! She has an incredible amount of energy and even as a small baby, didnt seem to need much rest. She enjoys running and swimming and is an Everton fan like her mum and granddad.
Madeleine has always been a wonderfully loving and caring huge sister to Sean and Amelie. It was certainly not the quietest house on the planet with lots of giggling, singing and the inevitable odd bit of mischief! For Sean and Amelie, there is without doubt, a very vital person missing in their life.
Madeleine is a warm, life-enriching small person and will never fail were sure, to bring joy into the life of anyone she may encounter.
Gerry and Kate want to thank all those who have taken the distress to call or email with support and information. We have been taken aback by the level of your response. Thank you, it means so much to us. If you havent had a response yet, please dont worry someone from the team will be in touch shortly.
If you gave a statement to anyone during the course of the investigation into Madeleines abduction, wed be really grateful if you could contact us so that we can follow up every last piece of information.
Our daughter Madeleine was abducted on 3rd May 2007 in Praia da Luz, Portugal, 9 days before her 4th birthday. She was taken from our holiday apartment where she was sleeping with her younger brother and sister whilst we were dining 50 yards away. Despite a massive investigation led by the Portuguese police and supported by the British police, we still do not know who has taken her, why she was taken or where she is. In addition, private investigators based in Spain are now following up any leads regarding Madeleines disappearance. (Investigation page)
Since Madeleines abduction, we have learned a lot about missing children and child exploitation. The scale of the problem is massive and worldwide. Although finding Madeleine will always remain our priority, we feel it is our duty to highlight these problems as well as areas where legislation can be improved, in order to make the world a small safer for all children. To achieve these aims we are working closely with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Centre for Child Exploitation and Online Protection and other non-governmental agencies throughout Europe (Investigation page). The Find Madeleine Campaign launched a new YouTube channel for missing children in August 2007 called Dont You Forget About Me in conjunction with ICMEC and Google.
The support we have had from around the world has been incredible. We have no doubt that without all the excellent wishes, prayers and efforts of so many people, our ordeal would have been so much harder. It has helped maintain our strength and hope, and this together with support for the campaign, has helped the search for our precious Madeleine. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their unconditional support and solidarity.
Madeleine is a gorgeous small person. She was a very pleased and much loved small girl. We believe there is a very excellent chance that Madeleine is still alive. She deserves the like and security of her family. She needs to be back home with her mummy and daddy, brother and sister.
Please keep Madeleine in your thoughts and prayers. And please remain vigilant.
We will NEVER give up looking for Madeleine.
Thank you again for your ongoing support and kindness

Wayback Archive

Archive Blog

Madeleine McCann was born 4 years ago.
She has one brother Sean and a sister Amelie. She lives with her family
in Rothley, Leicestershire.

Her father comes from Glasgow and has 3
sisters, Patricia, Jacqueline and Phil, and a brother John. Madeleine's
Grandmother, Eileen lives in Glasgow. Her other grandparents, Sue and
Brian live in Liverpool.

Both sides of the family are very close and all are working in different ways to try and help in the search for Madeleine.

Phil, who resides in Ullapool and is a
teacher, has asked that the heartfelt thanks of the whole family be
passed to everyone who has helped in the search so far. She said "There
have been so many messages of support and prayers from people all over
the world. We (the family) are overwhelmed with your assistance. The
media people have been wonderful and so helpful in making everyone aware
of our plight. Madeleine’s family are so grateful to you all. Please
keep Madeleine in your thoughts and prayers. We pray that she will be
returned to us safe and well."

The full objects of the Fund are:

To secure the safe return to her family of Madeleine McCann who was abducted in Praia da Luz, Portugal on Thursday 3rd May 2007;
To procure that Madeleine’s abduction is thoroughly investigated and that her abductors, as well as those who played or play any part in assisting them, are identified and brought to justice; and
To provide support, including financial assistance, to Madeleine’s family.
If the above objects are fulfilled then the objects of the Foundation shall be to pursue such purposes in similar cases arising in the United Kingdom, Portugal or elsewhere.

Donations can be made to the fund through the following channels:


Via Paypal

These can be made with cheques payable to

'Madeleine's Fund : Leaving No Stone Unturned'.

Cheques should be posted to the following address:
Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited
PO Box 53133
E18 2YR


These can made to the following account:
'Madeleine's Fund : Leaving No Stone Unturned'

PO BOX 113
Cavell House
2A Charing Cross Road
Sort Code: 60 40 05
Account Number: 32130058

IBAN : GB63 NWBK 6040 0532 1300 58

Sort Code : 60–40–05

Account number : 32130058


All donations will be processed free of charge.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Silvia Batista

Batista, Silvia Maria Correia Ramos (1 of 3)
Processos Volume II Pages 355 - 356
Witness Statement Date: 2007/05/07
Occupation: Maintenance Services Director. Worked at Ocean Club since 03/03/1996. Approx. one and a half years as receptionist, Reception Manager for approx. 3 years and Director of Maintenance Services since this year to present date. Responsibilities include hiring of people, admission of maintenance employees and maintaining all Ocean Club machinery -principally in the apartments, pools, gardens etc.
Nationality: Portuguese

Batista, Silvia María Correio Ramos (2 of 3)
Processos Vol V Pages 1289 – 1290
Witness Statement Date: 2007/05/15
Occupation: Responsible for maintenance of the OC resort in P da L

Batista, Silvia (3 of 3)
Vol VIII Pages 1975 - 1977
Witness Statement Date: 07/26/2007
Witness Statement Translated by Astro

Discussion : The correct day when Madeleine died

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kate and Gerry 'plan £2m film deal' as Madeleine Fund dwindles

Last updated at 09:06 09 January 2008

Kate and Gerry McCann could make £2million from a film deal over the story of their daughter's disappearance, it has been claimed.
Representatives of the couple have begun negotiations with the world's largest entertainment agency, IMG, over selling the rights to their story.
They hope a lucrative deal would fund the continuing search for Madeleine amid fears that the £1.2million raised from public donations will run out within months.
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Madeleine McCann Missing: Madeleine may become the subject of a film that would raise funds for the McCanns' search
But Gerry McCann was quick to deny the story.
In his latest blog entry on the official Find Madeleine website, he wrote: "We can categorically deny that we are considering a movie about Madeleine's disappearance.
"This is simply untrue. We are approached by a huge number of media outlets regarding a myriad of projects, only a tiny proportion of which we agree to.
"Each proposal is considered on whether it is likely to have a positive effect, either directly or indirectly, on the search for Madeleine.
"There was a preliminary discussion between a production agency and a representative of Kate and I to discuss the possibility of a documentary about the issues we have faced since Madeleine was abducted.
"Clearly Europe is a long way behind the USA in terms of its response when a child goes missing."
Gerry's statement follows warnings that the McCanns would risk a public backlash if they were perceived to be cashing in on the eight-month tragedy.
So far the McCanns, both 39, have turned down offers from big-name chat shows and television dramas as they were anxious to avoid being seen as celebrities.
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However the flood of donations after Madeleine went missing on May 3 slowed to a trickle when they were named as police suspects in September.
The couple's spokesman Clarence Mitchell confirmed that their representatives began talks with IMG last month, and said they would consider only "something done sensitively and considerately".
At the same time, however, Portuguese police are preparing to fly to Britain to oversee fresh interviews with the couple and the group of seven friends who were on holiday with them in Praia da Luz when Madeleine vanished.
Even now, leaks from inside the inquiry have suggested that police believe they have enough evidence to charge the couple, possibly with 'accidental homicide', hiding a body or faking a crime.
A publicist, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the high-profile case, said: "It seems extraordinary to be negotiating film rights while they are still suspects in the investigation. It's a huge risk."
The McCanns set up the Find Madeleine fund in May to finance the search for their four-year-old daughter. It has been used to fund a private detective agency, Metodo 3, and to pay their living costs while they both took extended unpaid leave from their jobs as doctors.
But it hit controversy last year when it was revealed that they had used the public donations to pay two £2,000 instalments of the mortgage on their £500,000 house in Rothley, Leicestershire.
The directors of the fund - mostly friends and colleagues of the McCanns - control how the money is used. They are due to meet today and are expected to discuss the film deal proposal.
If the deal goes ahead with IMG, it would involve the same team which made Touching The Void, the award-winning drama-documentary about two British mountaineers' fight for survival in the Peruvian Andes. It interspersed interviews with the mountaineers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, with a dramatic reconstruction of events, using actors.
A film about the McCanns' search for their daughter could use a similar format, but only if Mr and Mrs McCann were formally cleared as arguidos, official suspects, in the inquiry. While they remain arguidos they are banned from speaking publicly about the events of May 3 and the police investigation.
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The company which made Touching the Void, Darlow Smithson Productions, has sent Mr and Mrs McCann a tape to show them how it would treat their story. A spokesman said the firm "had a preliminary meeting with representatives of the McCanns about the possibility of an observational documentary following the ongoing search for Madeleine.
"Discussions are still at a very early stage and the issue of money has never been raised."
Jonathan Dean, of the magazine Total Film, said he believed the movie rights could go for up to £2million. Disgraced banker Nick Leeson earned a reported £450,000 when he sold the rights to his autobiography, Rogue Trader.
Offers to Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch were said to have topped £1million.
Clarence Mitchell said: "We've not agreed anything, we're not about to sign anything. We like the proposal, we thought it was fair, but there are others."
He added: "It would be commercially naive if we did not ask for a donation to the Madeleine fund. We would be giving up the rights to a lot of money which could help to find her.
"Any money raised that way would go to the fund, which Kate and Gerry do not control. This is not about personal gain for them.
"Madeleine's Fund is spent on investigators and advertising. It's dwindling. The money is going. I would imagine we've got a few months left. It's not going to last the year unless we get more money in."
Mr Mitchell said a book deal was also being considered "at some point down the line". He confirmed reports that one of the directors of the fund, former GMTV presenter Esther McVey, had resigned from the board, but denied it was because of any rift with the McCanns.
He said she wanted to concentrate on her role as a Conservative parliamentary candidate and was also about to start studying for a demanding MBA qualification.

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