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Gerry McCann DID call the British Media First

Ian Woods: McCanns Did Not Call Sky News First

However the newspaper Telegraph reported that Maddie was missing at 12:01am British Summer Time or BST for short.This article was written less than two hours after the reported time of 10 pm (alleged time of abduction) on the 3rd May. * Portugal and United Kingdom share the same time, see here

LocationLocal timeTime zone
Lisbon (Portugal)Friday, 4 May 2007, 0:00:00UTC+1 hour WEST
London (U.K. - England)Friday, 4 May 2007, 0:00:00UTC+1 hour BST
Corresponding UTC (GMT) Thursday, 3 MaY de 2007, 23:00:00

UTC: Coordinated Universal Time - the international basis for other time zones. Same time as for GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)

Three year-old feared abducted in Portugal

By staff and agencies
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 04/05/2007

A three-year-old British girl has gone missing while on a family holiday in Portugal, the Foreign Office said today.

Portuguese police are investigating the disappearance from a holiday complex in Praia da Luz in the western Algarve.

A Foreign Office spokesman said that he understood the girl's parents had gone to have dinner once their children were asleep last night, but returned to check on them only to find the girl had gone missing.

"They reported it straight away," he said, adding that consular assistance was being offered.

And the updated version at 6:10am BST:

Three year-old feared abducted in Portugal

By staff and agencies
Last Updated: 6:10am BST 05/05/2007

The parents of a British toddler who has gone missing while on holiday in Portugal say they fear she has been abducted.

Three-year-old Madeline McCann disappeared last night from her parent’s rented apartment in the Western Algarve, while they dined nearby.

Madeline McCann is feared abducted in Portugal
Madeline McCann was due to start school in September

Sniffer dogs have been brought in by Portuguese detectives to comb the Mark Warner resort where the girl was staying and the nearby seaside village of Praia da Luz.

A family friend said the child’s parents, Gerald and Kate McCann, were certain she had been kidnapped.

Jill Renwick, told GMTV: “They were just watching the hotel room and going back every half-hour and the shutters had been broken open and they had gone into the room and taken Madeleine. They went out about eight, went back in at nine, they were fine, went back in at 10 and she was gone.”

She described the missing girl as a “very pretty, very blonde three-year-old” and said the couple, from Leicester, also had twins.

Ms Renwick said of the holiday: “This is the first time they have done this. They are very, very anxious parents and very careful and they chose Mark Warner because it is a family-friendly resort.”

The manager of the resort, John Hill said around 60 staff and guests at the complex had searched until 4.30am while local police notified border police, Spanish police and airports.

“It was a very emotional and very frantic night and everyone did a fantastic job of getting involved and trying to search the area,” he said. “As you can imagine, Madeleine’s parents are distraught and not doing very well at all.”

He said there was no physical evidence that the girl had been abducted from the apartment while they ate at the tapas restaurant 200 yards away.

“It’s still questionable as to whether it’s an abduction,” he said. “We are hoping that Madeleine is found as soon as possible and safe and well. Everybody here is just wishing that she is found as soon as possible.”

A Mark Warner spokesman said counsellors are being flown out to the resort, which the firm has run for two years, to support the McCanns.

Members of their family would also be flown out if required.

He said: “Our priority is to find the girl and to make sure that the parents are OK and there are masses of people working on that.

“Our staff are looking after them at the moment in whatever way they can but we can only imagine how awful it is for them.

“We are all hoping that she is asleep under a bush somewhere and we will find her soon.”

He said the apartment the family were staying in was surrounded by other apartments, all of which have “quite sophisticated” locks on the doors.

Guests are being asked if they saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, he said, adding that Mark Warner has never had cases of missing or abducted children before.

“We are hoping it’s not that, though,” he said. “It’s the last thing we want but we have to investigate all avenues.”

He said Mark Warner offers families a baby-sitting service where they can drop off their children for the night.

“Those facilities were available but for whatever reason they were not being used,” he said.

Madeleine lives with her parents, Gerald, a doctor, and Kate McCann, and younger sibling twins in Rothley, Leicestershire.

Neighbour Penny Noble said: “We are absolutely devastated. They are a really nice family and good neighbours.

“They are delightful. We see them take their bikes up and down and going for walks.

“Madeleine is a very happy-go-lucky little girl”.

It is understood Madeleine is due to start at school in September.

In Correio da Manhã (2007-09-14 ):


The first call of Gerry in the night of the crime was for Alistair Clark, a great friend of the times of the university and diplomat next to Gordon Brown. Clark made various contacts to the highest level and - before the Judiciary Policy - already the Sky News and the British ambassador were informed of the abduction.

The ambassador John Buck was in the Algarve and Brown also gave its personal contact to the Maddie's father in the various exchanged phone calls. However, from what the CM has found, the current head of the English government now “will is sufficiently disturbed” with the route of the inquiry and, in the last weekend, he removed his direct link to the couple.

Advertising and speedy inquests were the priorities established in the first hours. And, as the CM already previously advanced, John Buck, the British ambassador in Lisbon, called in the night of 3rd of May directly to Alípio Ribeiro, the national director of the PJ - after all an English girl of three years was abducted in the Praia da Luz.

All the things were set in motion in the following morning, friday, and in that weekend an associate national director of the PJ, Guilhermino Encarnação, announced the journalists to be before a crime of abduction - without any traces or ransom notes.

At the level of the advertising everything ran inside as foreseen and after the Sky News in the Algarve launched the abduction of Madeleine for the World, the case spread to all the international media. It was missing an act at a politic level and Alistair Clark, Gerry's friend from the University of Glasgow - the first one in International Relations and the second in the University of Medicine - was the perfect contact.

Alistair, from whom the CM couldn't contact until the close of this edition, is today a professor in an university in Belfast, Ireland, and also an assessor of the English working government. Gordon Brown was then minister of the Finances and candidate to the place of Tony Blair.

The support of Brown started with the press assessorship, sending to the couple his "right-arm" in Downing Street, Clarence Mitchell.

The ambassador John Buck, meanwhile, was director of the Central Office of Information(COI) of the British Government, to which belongs the Media Monitoring Unit(MMU), then directed by Clarence Mitchell and under direct account to the Minister for the Cabinet Office and the PM.

The route that the inquiry took (of the PJ leads in the last month) left the cabinet of Gordon Brown apprehensive and the first-minister determined to cut to the direct linking to Gerry McCann.


A primeira chamada de Gerry na noite do crime foi para Alistair Clark, grande amigo dos tempos da universidade e diplomata próximo de Gordon Brown. Clark ter-se-á desdobrado em contactos ao mais alto nível e – antes da Polícia Judiciária – já a Sky News e o embaixador britânico eram informados do rapto.

O embaixador John Buck esteve no Algarve e Brow também deu o seu contacto pessoal ao pai de Maddie nos vários telefonemas que trocaram. Mas, ao que o CM apurou, o actual chefe do governo inglês estará agora “bastante incomodado” com o rumo do inquérito e, no último fim-de-semana, retirou a ligação directa ao casal.

Publicidade e investigação rápidas foram as prioridades estabelecidas nas primeiras horas. E, conforme o CM já avançou, John Buck, o embaixador britânico em Lisboa, terá ligado ainda na noite de 3 de Maio directamente a Alípio Ribeiro, director nacional da PJ – afinal uma menina inglesa de três anos acabava de ser raptada na Praia da Luz.

Todos os meios foram accionados na manhã seguinte, sexta-feira, e nesse fim-de-semana já um director nacional adjunto da PJ, Guilhermino Encarnação, anunciava aos jornalistas estar-se perante um crime de rapto – sem indícios ou pedidos de resgate.

Ao nível da publicidade tudo corria dentro do previsto e depois de a Sky News no Algarve ter lançado o rapto de Madeleine para o Mundo o caso alastrou a todos os meios internacionais. Faltava actuar a nível político e Alistair Clark, amigo de Gerry dos tempos da Universidade de Glasgow – o primeiro em Relações Internacionais e o segundo na Faculdade de Medicina – era o contacto perfeito.

Alistair, que o CM não conseguiu contactar até ao fecho desta edição, é hoje professor numa universidade em Belfast, Irlanda, e também assessor do governo trabalhista inglês. Gordon Brown era então ministro das Finanças e candidato ao lugar de Tony Blair.

O apoio de Brown começou pela assessoria de imprensa, enviando para junto do casal aquele que é hoje o seu braço-direito em Downing Street, Clarence Mitchel.

O embaixador John Buck, entretanto, foi director do Centro de Comunicação e Informação do Governo britânico, a que pertence a unidade de monitorização dos media, então dirigida por Clarence Mitchel e na dependência directa do gabinete do primeiro-ministro.

O rumo que a investigação da PJ leva no último mês terá deixado o gabinete de Gordon Brown apreensivo e o primeiro-ministro terá decidido cortar a ligação directa a Gerry McCann. "


  1. Gordon, it is not just a rumor, but a report that goes back to the first week Maddie went missing. And I'm actually glad you asked me this, because I didn't want to answer your question without some research, and I saved every link to what I found so that no one will ever think it is "just a rumor" again.

    First of all, it is true that many months after the disappearance, Sky News reporter Ian Woods denied that the McCanns called them directly on the night of the disappearance.

    But what Ian Woods does say is that a "friend" of the McCanns called GMTV to set up an interview for the next morning by 8 a.m. That "friend" was Jill Renwick, and what she said to GMTV is in this article:

    Jill Renwick, a family friend, told GMTV at 7:45am, on the morning of 04 May, that the distraught parents were certain that Madeline had been abducted. "They were just watching the hotel room and going back every half-hour."

    She said the parents went out about 8pm, checked on the children at 9pm and then when they "went back in at 10pm she was gone".

    Ms Renwick said: "Poor Kate and Gerry don't know where to turn. She's obviously been taken as she couldn't have gone out on her own and the shutters had been forced open."

    "The shutters had been broken open and they've gone into the room and taken her."

    Speaking to the BBC later, Ms Renwick said the McCanns, who had been holidaying with three other British families, had felt let down by police in Portugal. "I spoke to them this morning and they said the police had done nothing overnight and they felt as if they'd been left on their own. They just don't know where to turn."

    However, the manager at the Mark Warner resort, John Hill said the police had been doing all they could. He said around 60 staff and guests at the complex had searched until 4.30am while police notified border police, Spanish police and airports.

    Notice that even though the search for Maddie had barely begun, the McCanns were already feeling "let down" by the police, as if it was the fault of the police that their daughter was missing. So they had Jill Renwick ranting to both GMTV and the BBC by 7:45 the next morning that the police weren't doing enough. I find that odd in the extreme.

    So supposedly, according to Ian Woods, those interviews by Renwick were the "first time" that Sky News heard about Maddie. However they apparently didn't check Google News . . .

    A blogger named "Joana Morais" noticed that a newspaper article appeared overnight in the British Press - the Telegraph - talking about Madeleine. Who called them with specific information? No one knows for sure, but the Telegraph story was supposedly in the paper by 12 a.m., just two hours after Maddie disappeared.

    Blog (http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2007/12/gerry-mccann-did-call-british-media.html)

    Check the time and date:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/global/main.jhtml;jsessionid=4GNG2FXFS1YSDQFIQMFCFFWAVCBQ YIV0?xml=/global/2007/05/04/nportugal104.xml

    Three year-old feared abducted in Portugal
    By staff and agencies
    Last Updated: 12:01am BST 04/05/2007 :waitasec:

    A three-year-old British girl has gone missing while on a family holiday in Portugal, the Foreign Office said today.

    Portuguese police are investigating the disappearance from a holiday complex in Praia da Luz in the western Algarve.

    A Foreign Office spokesman said that he understood the girl's parents had gone to have dinner once their children were asleep last night, but returned to check on them only to find the girl had gone missing.

    So that report comes from the Foreign Office just two hours after Maddie went missing - that's not alot of time for a report to get out.

    The blogger made the point of noticing that Portugal and Britain are in the same time zone, and I think that's significant.

    Okay - another point:

    We have three different articles from that first week that mention John Corner, the godfather of the Twins. Kate called him immediately on the night Maddie went missing, and he has been highly involved in everything. He owns a Media company. He is quoted in three early articles saying that he talked to Kate immediately after Madeleine disappeared:

    Jon Corner, founder of Liverpool-based River Media, is godfather to the McCann’s twins and his wife has known Mrs McCann since they were both three. The co-founder of city centre-based River Media, and a father-of-three himself, said: “Kate phoned me in the early hours totally devastated."

    River Media Company (http://www.applegate.co.uk/company/12/11/465.htm)

    Products and Services
    TV and Film - Production and Post Production

    Now - he may not be a famous newsman, and he may not be a journalist, but he is a Media Specialist who deals with "TV and Film," and he is probably the person who alerted some of the media. So we don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to think that Kate might have known good and well that this man might give their story to the media right away.

    John Corner also shot a video diary of the McCanns for a Panorama Special about the "predator" who stole Maddie:

    He is not an objective journalist at all, but someone involved with the spin due to his connection with the family from the very first night.

    The McCanns seemed to be on the phone all night long to many, many people. None of us here can know for sure that they didn't call some media. We know they called a Corner. We know that Jill Renwick had an interview by the next morning. So what is the difference? The story was out really fast, and Kate was already spinning it her own way, with broken shutters and abductors and police who weren't doing anything. And that's why I don't trust what she said that night.

  2. Joana- Go and teach driving and leave the stuff that requires a high level of intelligence and education to those who understand it. You are SO OUT OF YOUR DEPTH in this stuff- To those who really understand how these things actually work, you just come across as a pure idiot. Your followers are equally ignorant, and so what? You speak and write fluently in two languages, but not at an academic level. Your translations are incredibly biased, and you would never hold down a job as an actual translator, which is why you do it for FREE - for no real reason, other than spreading hatred. Why don't you just STOP and go back to teaching people how to turn a wheel- an 'occupation' that doesn't require an education. Unfortunately, you are trying to do something here that you don't really understand, which is why you never actually GET anywhere- along with HiDeHo and TheKathie- and Mr.Notbornyesterday- and all the other MORONS with ZERO education. What is the POINT of just going round in circles, patting each other on the back, when NO ONE ELSE IS LISTENING?

    1. we all know that any half-wit can become a doctor these days. there are about 10 people left on the planet that support the criminally negligent and lying mccann's you are obviously one of them. time is ticking.

  3. Last anon commenter being rude to Joana: your agenda is clear, and your behaviour just adds more guilt onto the Mccanns version of events.
    Was Joana a bit close for comfort with this article?!

  4. Gasper Statements - My sentiments entirely. Those who believe The McCanns version of events never have anything constructive to say but rather go on a rant insulting anyone who dares to question what IMO is glaringly obvious. What's the saying..........if you have to resort to insults, you've lost the argument. I rest my case

  5. cached page of article via way back machine http://web.archive.org/web/20080620034055/http://www.telegraph.co.uk/global/main.jhtml;jsessionid=4GNG2FXFS1YSDQFIQMFCFFWAVCBQYIV0?xml=/global/2007/05/04/nportugal104.xml

  6. Did Gerry Mccann have a blog before Madeleine went missing?


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