Monday, 28 May 2007

Radio stations team up for Madeleine

Two hundred commercial radio stations across Britain today joined forces to keep attention focused on missing Madeleine McCann.

The stations played a special version of the Simple Minds song Don't You Forget About Me shortly after 8am.

The song featured audio clips and was inspired by a video shown at the recent Uefa Cup final in Glasgow.

Glasgow-based Radio Clyde said the broadcast was an initiative by commercial radio stations UK-wide, including stations in Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

Meanwhile her parents could meet the Pope as they embark on a tour to keep her disappearance in the public eye.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has spoken to Gerry McCann and will help the family to meet Pope Benedict XVI as soon as possible.

Mr McCann and his wife Kate are embarking on a series of trips in the hope that the four-year-old may still be found. The visit to Rome would be the first of a number they are expected to make including Spain, Germany and the Netherlands.

Madeleine was snatched from her bed in their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, on the Algarve, Portugal, on May 3 as her parents were dining nearby.

It has emerged that a friend of Mr and Mrs McCann saw the child being carried off in the arms of a mystery man just before she joined the couple for dinner, but did not realise it was Madeleine being abducted.

Described as the principal witness in the case by police sources, the woman said she saw a young blonde girl wearing "distinguishable" pyjamas and wrapped in a blanket being carried by a white man aged between 35 and 40.

The description of the suspect was not issued until day 22 of Madeleine's disappearance - something believed to be of great frustration to the McCanns.

There is still only one named suspect in the case - property developer Robert Murat whose house is just 150 metres from the McCann's apartment.

Clarence Mitchell, the Foreign Office liaison officer for the family, is helping the McCanns plan the trip.

Mr and Mrs McCann have received two offers of private jets to use at their disposal. One is thought to have been offered by the multi-million pound British tycoon Philip Green.

But the couple are very conscious of appearing to be enjoying a luxury lifestyle and may only use the jet because it is the most practical option.

Mr and Mrs McCann will leave two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie in the care of relatives while they are away from Portugal. Other destinations being considered include Madrid, Seville, Berlin and Amsterdam.



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