Seven years since Madeleine McCann disappeared May 4, 2014 13:52:23 GMT
Post by Admin on May 4, 2014 13:52:23 GMT
It is seven years today since Madeleine McCann went missing while on holiday with her family in Portugal. On Thursday, Kate McCann, Madeleine's mother backed a revamped alert system that is triggered when missing children are kidnapped or their lives are at risk.
The Metropolitan Police also revealed recently that they are looking at five cases in which young British girls were sexually assaulted during holiday home break-ins by a lone intruder in the Algarve. One of these was in 2005 on a 10-year-old girl in Praia da Luz, where Madeleine, then three, vanished two years later.
The parents of missing Madeleine McCann thanked the public for their unwavering support today as they marked the seventh anniversary of their daughter's disappearance. Kate and Gerry McCann were joined by around 100 well-wishers, friends and relatives at a prayer service in the centre of Rothley, Leicestershire. The open-air service, conducted beside Rothley's War Memorial, saw candles lit for all the children around the world who have been taken away from their parents against their will.
During the ceremony, Mrs McCann gave a reading adapted from the words of a song. 'Here we are again, and more significantly, here you are again,' she said. 'Having your support has made a huge difference'
Speaking after his wife, Mr McCann added: 'I would just like to echo what Kate said and thank you all for coming to support us over the past seven years.' Mr McCann also expressed his family's gratitude that the Metropolitan Police team investigating Madeleine's disappearance has now moved on to a 'very active' phase in its inquiry. 'They are chipping away and obviously there is new evidence so we are going to continue to hope that we will get a happy outcome,' he said.