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Madeleine McCann's abductors should beware, the police will not give up - Jim Gamble in The Guardian

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Madeleine McCann's abductors should beware, the police will not give up - Jim Gamble in The Guardian

Post  chrissie on Tue 14 Oct - 12:42

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/14/madeleine-mccann-abductors-police

A social worker once told me that when faced with a highly emotive child protection situation, the most important thing is having the presence of mind to pause. As Kipling put it, to "keep your head when all about you/ Are losing theirs." Pausing to plan a response in a crisis is critical.

When Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007, police in Portugal were faced with a difficult and highly charged scenario, no doubt made more complex by parental anxiety, along with language and cultural differences. As those first few hours disappeared in confusion and miscommunication, valuable minutes will have been lost. As hours turned to days there was little sense of pause, planning or direction, but no shortage of offers to help. There wasn't a policing agency in the UK that did not want to do all that it could to assist in the search for the little girl, whose picture was embedded in the public's conscience.

As the months rolled by with no sign of Madeleine, for a period of time her parents became aguidos, suspects, in the investigation. The only unusual thing about that was that it did not happen earlier; investigators always clear the ground beneath their feet and in doing this you look at the parents.

Many people have opinions about Kate and Gerry McCann. The rights and wrongs of their meal at the tapas bar and their approach to checking on the children. I am of the view that there but for the grace of God go I. For those perfect parents who have never left their children for a moment, think on this: if that was a lapse, they have paid a terrible price for it and they are still living the nightmare. No one but the person who took Madeleine is to blame for what has happened to her.

Others ask why all the attention for one child when so many go missing? They confuse children pushed or pulled from their homes in the UK by unhappy circumstances, sexual predators and so-called friends, with cases like Madeleine and Ben Needham. In the first instance the majority of those who go missing in the UK return home within 72 hours. They need greater attention, more resources and focus but their circumstances are different. Cases like Ben Needham and Madeleine, missing and suspected abducted abroad, are thankfully rare.

As the Metropolitan police investigation begins to gather pace, we have heard of new persons of interest, thousands of lines of inquiry, including highly valuable telecoms data and, critically, a much-improved working relationship with their Portuguese colleagues. All of that must be welcomed and while there will come a point to reflect on why some of this has taken so long, this is not that time.

Whether you were in Praia De Luz in May 2007 or not, you might hold the key, that piece of information which identifies a person or event, possibly even a phone number. Pause for a moment and consider the significant developments the police are sharing. Listen to the new timeline and look at the efit images. Someone out there knows, or has harboured suspicions, in either case now is the time to come forward.

The person or people responsible have an uncomfortable week ahead. They probably thought they had weathered the storm but it's time for them to start looking over their shoulder again. Thanks to her parents' persistent campaigning, the search for Madeleine goes on.


PJ bashing again .......



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Post  fred on Tue 14 Oct - 12:50

FFS!!!!!á What cultural diferences?????á Never read so much shoite in my life!

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Post  chrissie on Tue 14 Oct - 12:52

The comments are interesting too despite being heavily moderated...

I know Fred, a load of tripe

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Post  chrissie on Tue 14 Oct - 12:59

This is a good one:


14 October 2013 7:39pm
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This latest trawl for unlikely suspects is actually quite disturbing. Given the propensity for manufactured publicity that this case has always had, I imagine that if the e-fit evidence were of any quality at all then we would be told so, more likely it was made months or even years later, or maybe even recently, by someone who thinks they might have seen something. I hope that it does not result in some other innocent victim like Robert Murat having their life ruined.

The more this circus is allowed to continue, the more it stands out that there is actually one line of inquiry, and only one, that has not been adequately investigated. Also it's very strange that the UK police have been so incurious in this regard.



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Post  tanszi on Tue 14 Oct - 13:02

why has Jim Gamble appeared so publicly again and in defence of the McCs. why is the Guardian giving him space. whats going on that needs a diversion.

I think its because the Guardian ran an article last week that asked why the McCs were so disliked, well they got a lot of answers which weren t palatable to some, and this is Jim Gamble, whats he doing these days, reiterating how we should all be so lucky we didn't leave our children at risk of harm or disappearance whilst we went to the pub, whilst trying to sound reasonable and undersanding about the cockups he perceives happened with the PJ. No Jim, saw the article for what it was. not convinced.

oh Jim did you know what was going to happen with Brenda Leyland? did the Guardian ask you that? seems quite a few people did and it was all arranged well in advance, so just wondered if you were in the loop.

those that were should beware.

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Post  chrissie on Tue 14 Oct - 13:41

I have just realised that this is an old article.

Still worth reading again though.

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Post  tanszi on Tue 14 Oct - 14:06

oh well. lol

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