Sunday, March 27, 2011


Daily Star Sunday

27th March 2011

By Daily Star Reporter

THE police chief sacked over the bungled hunt for Madeleine McCann is trying to get his once-banned book published in Britain.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Star Sunday, Goncalo Amaral said he is desperate to have his account of the search on sale in the UK.

And he welcomed Kate McCann’s book about her daughter’s disappearance, which is to be released soon.

Mr Amaral claims that Madeleine died in a Praia da Luz holiday apartment in Portugal.

Earlier this month he had an injunction banning the sale of The Truth Of The Lie lifted by the Portuguese courts.

He said: “I have the right to publish any book in the UK and the British people have the right to be able to read and know about what may have happened on the night of May 3, 2007.”

It was then that Madeleine, aged three, vanished from the apartment and has not been seen since.

Last night the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell said they would be making no comment about Mr Amaral’s plans.

Mrs McCann’s book, simply titled Madeleine, is due out on what would be the child’s eighth birthday, May 12.

Any proceeds will go towards funding the family’s search for Maddie.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Kate and Gerry McCann's fundraising page

Fundraiser: Kate McCann

My page:

Thank you for visiting our fundraising page.
It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed since we ran the last Miles for Missing People. We are running this year to remember our Madeleine and all children who are missing. We hope and pray that they come home safely. We are very glad to be supporting the charity Missing People once more, and helping them to continue to be a lifeline when someone disappears.

Miles for Missing People 2011
02 April 2011

Event details

Are you looking for a new challenge? Join hundreds of other runners and families of missing people on this beautiful run around Regents’ Park, London to raise money for Missing People. Miles for Missing People 10k (6.2miles) is a great event for experience runners and first timers alike - there is even a two mile Fun Run for children and families who want to take part together. All proceeds will help Missing People provide a lifeline when someone disappears.
"Miles for Missing People was a great event. It was a fantastic course, really well organised and had a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I will be back next year!"
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

'Dead' British woman found alive after 57 years

Yahoo! UK News

10th March 2011

A missing woman who was presumed dead has been tracked down and reunited with her family 57 years after she mysteriously vanished.

Florence McLellan, 74, who is originally from the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester was found alive and well in Islington, London by police detectives following her disappearance in the '50s.

Unbeknownst to her family, 17-year-old Florence escaped from Brockhall mental institution in Lancashire and fled 200 miles to London in 1954, changing her name to Diane Roberts.

She had been sectioned by her parents after giving birth to a son out of wedlock, and was forced to give the baby for adoption.

Her extraordinary discovery was made possible when the missing woman's surviving relatives responded to a media appeal for information after suspecting that a skeleton dug up by builders in a car park in Manchester city centre last year could have been Florence's.

According to Greater Manchester Police, DNA tests ruled her out as the body and were able to crack the case after a year-long missing person's investigation leading them to her astonishing finding in the capital.

Florence, a mother-of-two and a grandmother-of-five told the Manchester Evening News: "I was really worried when I got a phone call from the police because I thought I would be sent back to Brockhall. I'm so relieved I don't have to go back. This has all come as such a shock but it has been a weight off my shoulders."

Son Glyn Roberts, 47, added: "Our worlds have been turned upside down by this. I always thought I was my mum's first born. I feel like I'm just beginning to get to know my mum again. There have been tears and cuddles but she is the victim in all of this."

The Roberts family now want to trace son, Joseph, who was put up for adoption 57-years-ago.
DCI Joanne Rawlinson, who is leading the investigation into the murder, said: "Things like this make the job worthwhile. Out of the sad set of circumstances we are investigating there has been a happy outcome for this family."

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police told Yahoo! News that they were continuing with their enquiries into the identity of the remains found in the car park.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Incident Team on 0161 856 4337 or 0161 872 5050.

Written by Gaby Leslie

Source: Yahoo! UK News 10/03/11

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fresh hope for mother of Ben Needham as British police may investigate 1991 Greek snatching for first time

Daily Mail

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 4:23 PM on 28th February 2011

The disappearance of toddler Ben Needham may be investigated by British police for the first time, two decades after he was snatched in Greece.

Prime Minister David Cameron gave his mother Kerry, 39, fresh hope when he lent support for a new investigation.

No trace of the 21 month old was ever found after he vanished from Kos on a family holiday in 1991.

Mystery disappearance: Ben Needham was just 21 months when he was seized in Kos, right. Left is a computer generated image of what he might look like now

Mystery disappearance: Ben Needham was just 21 months when he was seized in Kos, right. Left is a computer generated image of what he might look like now

Kerry, 39, believes that her son was abducted and then sold for adoption. Now South Yorkshire Police could be called in to investigate the two decade old bungled probe.

The mother is also calling for Greek police to re-open the investigation as Mr Cameron signaled to her in a letter that British police could investigate.

Kerry told the Sunday Express: 'I have written to every Prime Minister since Ben went missing and have received run of the mill replies.

'Mr Cameron's response seems the most sincere. His letter felt like he really sympathises me.'

Kerry last visited the popular tourist island in 2008 – but has no intention of going back after being rebuffed by the authorities.

Mr Cameron wrote to her: 'I can promise you that South Yorkshire Police will have the support of the government and our embassy in Greece in pressing for whatever information or co-operation they require.'

A new artists impression of what Ben might look like has been released today that shows what he might look like.

Kerry will mark the 20th anniversary of the disappearance on July 24 this year.

Ben and his mother were staying with his maternal grandparents Eddie and Christine Needham in Iraklise, Kos, when he disappeared.

The toddler was seized within moments of him going to play outside a farmhouse, which his grandfather was renovating in the village of Iraklise.

Kerry was working as a waitress on the island at the time.

She has a 17-year-old daughter Leigh-Anna and married Craig Grist in 2006.

Source: Daily Mail 28/02/11

View Ben's thread on the Find Madeleine forum HERE!

Please sign the following petition:

We, the undersigned, request that the UK and Greek Governments and Police Authorities work together to re-open and re-investigate all previous and current leads regarding Ben's disappearance.
We request that the UK Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron liases with his Greek Counterpart, Mr George Papandreou to co-operate fully together in ensuring investigations are carried out properly and effectively.