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NEW LIFELINE IN MADELEINE MCCANN HUNT

Post  Annabel on Thu 24 May - 5:45

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/322101/New-lifeline-in-Madeleine-McCann-hunt

NEW LIFELINE IN MADELEINE MCCANN HUNT



Thursday May 24,2012
By John Chapman

MADELEINE McCann’s mother Kate last night hailed the launch of two new initiatives to help find missing children.

She was among guests at a Downing Street reception to mark the introduction of a new Europe-wide phone hotline and the relaunch of an official website with information about Britain’s missing and abducted children.

Mrs McCann, 44, whose daughter disappeared in Portugal in 2007 aged three, said the missing children hotline phone number – 116000 – was a “lifeline” for families like hers.

She said it was a “really positive day” and spoke of a shift in attitudes among politicians towards the problem. “In the last few years there’s been greater awareness and certainly there’s been a greater political will,” she said.

“We just need to keep spreading the message. It is a big problem and we do need the Government’s backing.”

The 116000 missing children hotline, which is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, is operated by specialist support groups in 16 European countries, including Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Holland and Poland.

"It is a big problem and we do need the Government’s backing"
Kate McCann

Meanwhile, the UK’s official website to help find missing and abducted children – missingkids.co.uk – has also been redesigned ahead of International Missing Children’s Day on Friday.

Home Secretary Theresa May hosted the reception in Number 10 for campaign groups, celebrity supporters and families of missing children.

Also there was Nicki Durbin, whose 19-year-old son Luke went missing after a night out with friends in Ipswich, Suffolk, in May 2006.

She said: “There’s been a huge change in the last year, and more people are aware about all of our missing ones.”

Two London cabs sporting advertisements for the newly-relaunched website were parked outside the front door of Number 10.

Another 300 black cabs will carry appeals for missing children inside for passengers to read, thanks to an idea by former taxi driver Colin Outhwaite, father of ex-EastEnders star Tamzin.

Heavily pregnant Tamzin said: “It’s an amazing idea. I couldn’t believe no-one had ever thought of it before.”

The charity Missing People will operate the 116000 phone line in Britain, and specialist UK police agency the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre will run the website.

Martin Houghton-Brown, chief executive of Missing People, said: “Disappearances such as Madeleine McCann’s tragically demonstrated the need for co-ordination across the world when a child goes missing.”


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Post  kitti on Thu 24 May - 7:25

Nothing on tv about this..no pictures today ....why is that.

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Post  AnnaEsse on Thu 24 May - 8:07

What our dailies are not saying is that the 116 system was adopted after an agreement of the European parliament in 2006 and that by 2010 most European member states had adopted it. The UK is one of the last to roll out this system, basically because they couldn't find any organisation to run it.

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