Pre-recorded interview broadcast by GMTV on 28.04.2010
POLICE HAVE 'GIVEN UP' ON MADELEINE MCCANN HUNT SAY PARENTS
By Jaya Sidodia
THE parents of Madeleine McCann have accused the British police of giving up on the hunt for their missing daughter.
Gerry and Kate McCann have called for British detectives to review the case from start to finish.
They made their plea days before the third anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance from a holiday apartment
The McCanns, both 41, believe that the investigation has stalled.
They say the British and Portuguese police have failed to follow up leads generated by the couple’s own private investigators.
In an interview due to be broadcast on GMTV this morning, Mr McCann, a consultant cardiologist, said: “It’s not right that an innocent, vulnerable British citizen is essentially given up on.
“And I don’t think it’s right that as parents, that we have to drive the search. Of course we will, but not everyone has had the same resources and support that we have had to be able to do that. And I think it’s pretty cruel.”
He added: “We need to have a proper review of all the information.”
Mrs McCann gave up her work as a GP to focus on the search for Madeleine, who disappeared aged three on May 3 2007 while the family was on holiday in the Algarve.
She said: “We do this in medicine. You know, if there’s a case where you don’t seem to be getting a diagnosis, somebody will come in and review it.
“They’ll go back to square one – and that’s where you find out what else needs to be done and it will help point you in the right direction.”
She added that she finds her daughter’s birthday, May 12, harder to cope with than the anniversary of her disappearance. “Her birthday is actually a much more difficult day for us than May 3,” she said.
“May 3 really is just another day without Madeleine, but the 12th is obviously a day when we should be celebrating Madeleine, celebrating with Madeleine.”
In a separate interview yesterday Kate recalled how one of her son Sean’s friends had asked her: “Are you a doctor?” She said: “Sean just came in and said, ‘Mummy was a doctor but her job now is to find Madeleine’.”
Kate also told of the heartbreaking moment she told Sean and his twin sister Amelie that Madeleine had been taken.
“I think it was last year Amelie said to me, ‘Has Madeleine run away?’” she said. That really upset me because I thought I really don’t want her to think Madeleine is at fault.”
The couple, from Rothley, Leicestershire, left Madeleine and Sean and Amelie, then aged two, alone in their holiday apartment while they went for dinner with friends.
Mr McCann said that if they could go back in time, they would not have left Madeleine alone.
He said: “If we could turn back the clock and change what happened, obviously we wouldn’t have done it.”
in Express 28.04.2010