Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bring on the 48-Hour Alert; Rapid Response: Gerry and Kate McCann Are Campaigning for a Formal Procedure That Kicks in Automatically as Soon as a Missing Child Is Reported

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bring on the 48-Hour Alert; Rapid Response: Gerry and Kate McCann Are Campaigning for a Formal Procedure That Kicks in Automatically as Soon as a Missing Child Is Reported

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Byline: VIV GROSKOP

HOW tempting it is to get worked up over the latest twist in the McCann case. Especially when you are emotionally over-invested in the case to begin with.

And who isn't? My son is the same age as Madeleine and he often asked about the posters of her in the weeks following her disappearance. (I told him she got lost on her holidays and that is why he must always stay close to mummy.) With this week's release of the police files, for a few seconds I allowed myself to be hopeful. Now we can see the contents of the dossier and pore over them in the way the McCanns must be doing, examining all the leads in shock and disbelief. How could they not release the e-fits, the video footage, the sightings? Surely there is an answer somewhere here? It is all far too little, way too late.

It has been obvious for a long time that the Portuguese police were out of their depth. How does criticising them help anyone? We are seeing only the tip of the iceberg of this "evidence" and it doesn't take a master detective to see how impossible it is to pick apart the useful from the fantastical.

The false leads in this case are mind-blowing. So many CCTV images of blurry blonde girls who are obviously not Madeleine and the thousands of sightings which are taking on an Elvis-like quality. …

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