9 Apr 2010


Gill Renwick revealed how panicking Kate sent her a text saying: “I need help

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article27512.ece#ixzz0kYccDAr6

This article also reveals the early stories being put forth by Kate and Gerry, the shutter got jemmied, the abductor broke in that way and exited via the door.   We have Mark Warner spokesman John Hill immediately saying there is absolutely no evidence of any physical breakin and the McCanns failed to use the resort facilities to care for their children. 

Why did Kate text her mate Gill Renwick and say "I need help".  In the above circumstances and with SOCA and British Police going over maybe she did not know which way to turn.  Maybe she knew she could not just phone Gill and explain why she so desperately needed help.

Given Kate's continuing lying performance, even if that help was offered by Gill Renwick, that is if Kate could bear to tell her the truth about what had been happening to Madeleine and how they had gotten rid of her,  Kate decided not to take that help that she knew she needed.  I am sure she does regret that now.

There is a Paul Moyes mentioned in this and many other articles from Cheshire, who was there with his wife Susan and owns an apartment in the block the McCanns were in, he says they were woken at 11.30 to take part in the search.  I do not see any mention of this couple on the PJ file and just wonder how the police knew Gerry had a missing blue tennis bag.  I am sure there are many Brit witnesses on UK files that we just do not know about.   I believe that between Dr Rebelo and Stu Prior (and others no doubt) what information was going to be released was very carefully selected.  Not to help Kate and Gerry in the further investigations of them, but to hinder them in their money grasping ventures, in that respect it clearly worked and we heard about how angry John McCann was about that.  AFter all this eager chap gave up his job to work full time for what he perceived would be an everlasting Fund.  Did he provide some drug samples to Kate and Gerry for them to drug their kids with? 

As will be seen from this similar article below, British Police were arriving in force 3 "liaison oficers" for the McCanns, two of whom Kate went on to get the sack - they asked her "where is Maddie"?   The  PJ are clearly saying they believe Maddie was abducted and they have a suspect in mind, could that suspect they were immediately "profiling" have been Gerry McCann? Guilhermino Encarnacao must have had intelligence at that stage that led him to believe Madeleine was still alive and to have a specific suspect, when it is the parent it is understandable he refuses to say but in tandem with a barrage of UK cops arriving...
May 6, 2007

Britons join search for lost toddler

Police profile abduction suspect as hunt for missing toddler widens

She should have returned home safely this weekend. Instead, on the boulevards and whitewashed apartments of the Algarve yesterday, pictures of Madeleine McCann’s three-year-old face were fluttering in the warm coastal breeze.
Along with her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, who are both doctors, and her close-knit extended family, it seemed that everyone in the resort of Praia da Luz was keeping a vigil for her safe return. They were praying that she would be home to blow out the candles on her birthday cake next Saturday.
“Everyone knows what it’s like when a child goes missing for a short while and you worry like mad,” said Brian Kennedy, Kate McCann’s uncle. “As the days go by it gets harder because you start by hoping for the best and then begin to start fearing the worst.
“Friends are planning a party for her birthday on Saturday and baking her a cake on the Dr Who theme because it’s one of her favourite programmes. I’ve told them to continue with those plans. We’ve got to remain optimistic.”
Guilhermino Encarnacao, head of the judicial police in Faro, said that Madeleine had been abducted from the Ocean Club complex on Thursday evening. She is believed to have been taken as she slept alongside twins Sean and Amelie, her two-year-old brother and sister, in their apartment in the Mark Warner complex. Her parents had been dining with friends at a tapas bar nearby, checking on the children every half hour.
An image of a suspect was being drawn up by police. Encarnacao believed the three-year-old was still alive. Searches were going on including at two campsites a few miles away.
In a televised statement broadcast across Portugal yesterday, Gerry McCann, a hospital cardiologist from Leicestershire, appealed for the safe return of his daughter.
“Words cannot describe the anguish and despair that we are feeling,” he said. “Please, if you have Madeleine, let her come home to her mummy, daddy, brother and sister.”
McCann and his wife, both 39, yesterday walked hand in hand through the apartment complex. They had lunch with the twins at the same tapas bar as the evening before. McCann returned alone to the apartment, emerging with a suitcase and a bucket and spade for the twins.
A friend at the resort, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s a nightmare. Every time the parents see Madeleine’s face on television they fall apart. We all do. We haven’t slept for 24 hours. Please God they find her. The longer it goes on, the worse it is. All we can do is pray.”
Police were conducting checks at airports and more than 150 officers were searching the area. Hundreds of tourists, British ex-pats and local Portuguese were also helping with the search.
Madeleine’s relatives and crime experts now suspect that she was targeted by someone who had been watching the family during their holiday. Roy Ramm, a former Scotland Yard commander, said: “This is somebody who has planned this abduction quite carefully. He has probably looked and observed this child during the day.”
McCann, a consultant at Leicester’s Glenfield hospital, and his wife, a part-time GP, were on a week-long holiday with three other couples and five other children when Madeleine was abducted shortly before 10pm on Thursday.
The children could have been left in a free crèche in the complex. A babysitting service was also available for between €12 (£8) and €15 an hour.
But the McCanns were eating only about 150ft from their apartment. It is thought they felt they were close enough to watch over their children.
Hotel sources said the apartment’s french doors – which faced the restaurant where the McCanns were eating – were unlocked by the couple. Their line of view was, however, obscured by bougainvillea and palm trees.
At 9.30pm Gerry McCann checked his children and they were sound asleep, with Madeleine lying with her comfort blanket. Thirty minutes later his wife returned and found Madeleine gone and the shutter of the rear window open.
Trish Cameron, McCann’s sister, said: “Kate came screaming back to the group crying, ‘They’ve taken her, they’ve taken her’. Gerry was crying and roaring like a bull.”
John Hill, the Ocean Club manager, said the alarm was raised by the family between 10pm and 10.15pm: “The staff, many guests and the best part of the village started looking right away, a total of 40 to 65 people. The police were called and started taking details from the family and then took the decision to escalate the search.”
Silvia Batisa, head of administration at the complex, helped to comfort the family and interpret their interviews with the police: “The parents were devastated, in a panic. They wanted more police and dogs immediately. Kate said all the time, ‘Please find my daughter’ and ‘Madeleine is beautiful’.”
She recalled that the twins were still asleep in their two cots and there was the small, bright pink wool blanket that Madeleine likes to hold when she sleeps. “We walked out quickly so as not to wake up the twins. The parents immediately said, ‘She’s been kidnapped’,” said Batisa.
Paul Moyes, 58, from Middlewich, Cheshire, was among those who helped to look for the missing child: “At 11.30pm there was a knock on the door and there was a distressed gentleman saying that a child had been abducted and could we help with the search. Everybody got involved.”
It is not known how the abductor entered the flat. Staff believe it was likely that entry would have been through the french doors because the shutters would have been damaged if they had been prised open.
From the outset, the McCanns were convinced their daughter had been abducted. There have been complaints from relatives that the police were slow to respond to the situation.
Speaking from her home in Glasgow, Philomena McCann, Madeleine’s aunt, said: “The local policeman was doing very little. The area was not cordoned off for hours and hours. Kate and Gerry [were] frustrated at the lack of activity. [The police] tried to downplay the enormity of it and said Madeleine had perhaps wandered off. That is the most ridiculous suggestion.”
Nigel Ragg, head of marketing at Mark Warner Holidays, defended the police operation. “It was felt by our staff that the police reacted quickly. The search was escalated throughout the evening,” he said.
The McCanns, who are both Roman Catholics, met as medical students at Glasgow University and were married nine years ago. They spent a period working in Holland and moved to their home in Rothley, Leicestershire, about two years ago.
Father Keith Tomlinson, the priest who baptised the twins a year ago at the Sacred Heart church in Rothley, the family’s church, said: “They are a lovely family. This is a terrible time and our hearts here are with them. We will be praying for them.
“They came here most weeks and brought Madeleine. She is a nice bouncy happy little girl. They are friendly and open and obviously love one another and you sense that this is a husband and wife who are united in love and who adore their children.”
Julio Barroros, the local mayor, said: “We all hope that Maddy will come home for her family and that England can breathe when she appears.”
Additional reporting: Will Iredale
Child watch
British law does not set out the minimum age when parents can leave children alone, but it does stipulate that it is an offence if doing so might put them at risk, writes Jonathan Leake.
Experts are divided on just what this means in practice. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children believes that babies and toddlers should never be left alone, whether asleep or awake, even for a few minutes.
Madeleine McCann, the three-year-old apparently snatched from her bed, was in an apartment in a Portuguese holiday complex while her parents dined and checked on her at least every half hour.
“It doesn’t take long for unsupervised young children or babies to injure themselves,” said Chris Cloke, head of child protection awareness at the charity. “Put simply, it is too risky to leave them alone at all at such a young age.”
Other experts take a more flexible view. “It’s the context that is important,” said Professor Carolyn Hamilton, who runs the Children’s Legal Centre, a charity concerned with law and policy. “This couple had . . . clearly made a responsible assessment of the risks and decided that they were minimal. They could not have predicted the possibility of abduction.”
Accidents are the biggest cause of death for children over the age of one. In 2005 about 250 children aged under 15 died in Britain and more than 2m were taken to hospital, with about half of accidents happening in the home.
However, many accidents happen while children are under supervision and are caused by, for instance, lack of stair gates.
Ben Needham, who vanished on the Greek island of Kos in 1991 aged 21 months, was being supervised by his grandparents who lost sight of him for only a few minutes. He has never been found.


viv said...

Sat on their balcony from 9.15 that night, directly above the McCanns apt, never saw or heard a thing!


REPORTER This is a story you've followed incredibly closely because you were involved on the night. You helped the police and the family in looking for Madeleine didn't you?

SUSAN MOYES Yes we did and yes, very, very concerned. Concerned for the family and followed it every day, every day.

REPORTER Can you take us back to that night and what you were doing and when you first heard there was a problem?

SUSAN MOYES Sure. We went out for a meal about seven o'clock down in the town. We walked back about nine o'clock, round past, erm, the church, round past the supermarket, back to the apartment. Went out on the balcony about quarter past nine. Everywhere was peaceful, everywhere was lovely. We then went to bed. We were woken up at half past eleven at night by one of the friends of the McCanns to say a little girl had been abducted. Those were the words she used. So we got dressed and joined in the search. We were out till about four in the morning with, oooh, about I dont know, thirty people, thirty other people maybe. The Mark Warner team were out with other guests at the Ocean Club.

REPORTER Now, to put it into perspective. We've all seen pictures of of the apartment were the McCanns were staying. How close is yours to theirs?

SUSAN MOYES Directly above. We are but one above. Mrs Fenn who lives there was in the apartment below us and then below that was the McCanns. So directly above.

REPORTER And you were out there for a considerable period of time.

SUSAN MOYES Yeah, we went out there on the Wednesday, the day before Madeleine went missing and we were out for the month of May.

REPORTER Tell me about the effect all of this has had on the local community there.

SUSAN MOYES It was unbelievable. Really apart from the disruption from the mass media, the helicopter constantly circling round and sheer disbelief really. Everybody was completely, well, amazed by it, gobsmacked really.

REPORTER What, I mean what were the local community saying to you? Because obviously being out there such a time you must have spoken to a lot of people about it. It must have been, if you like, the talk of the town.

SUSAN MOYES Mmm. There was a lot of criticism of the police which we felt was unfounded, err, at that time. Really a lot of unsure about exactly what happened. How did somebody get in? Was it the front? Was it the back? Was it left open? Was it forced? A lot of different stories.

viv said...

REPORTER Speculation if you like.

SUSAN MOYES Absolutely, absolutely, yeah, yeah!

REPORTER We've got a copy of the newspaper here. In fact its one of today's newspapers, the Express and its still front page news, of course, back in the news.

SUSAN MOYES Big style. Yeah! Yeah!

REPORTER How do you feel when you see the pictures here in the newspapers? I mean have you collected newspapers over the period?

SUSAN MOYES Oh yeah! I get the paper every day anyway but obviously followed it very closely. And I just, disbelief. No way, no way do I feel they were any way involved in it. Not at all. No.

REPORTER How do you feel they've been treated?

SUSAN MOYES I think, erm, initially it was very supportive. Personally, I think, probably if they had left the Algarve maybe a month ago, erm, it would have been treated more favourably, I think.

REPORTER Its difficult to know how to handle that kind of situation from their point of view, though I suppose isn't it?

SUSAN MOYES Beggars belief, it beggars belief, yeah. You just don't want to be in that situation. But, yeah. I can't understand the turn of people's attitudes towards them. Some being really quite nasty, unfounded and wrong I think.

REPORTER Have the newspapers got it right in terms of where they were that evening, I mean the distance from the restaurant to the apartment and what have you?

SUSAN MOYES Well, yeah, as the crow flies they are probably about right with the fifty yards. But in actual fact you have to - its walled off, the pool and the bar is in a walled area about six foot of wall. So you have to actually go through a little entrance building out onto the road and then round to their apartment.

REPORTER And line of sight? Is there any?

SUSAN MOYES Difficult. They wouldn't have had vision of the whole of their balcony. They would have only had the top of it from where they were sitting because of the wall and because of the flowers on top of the wall.

REPORTER How do you feel about the criticism of the McCann family for leaving their children?

SUSAN MOYES Harsh, very, very harsh. Hand on heart, we've all done something like that, I think. And erm, no, its just unfortunate. Just a sad, unfortunate accident.

REPORTER And how do you feel having been, if you like, being swept along with all this, having been a part of this story from the start, being there at the time when it all happened. I suspect as a family you must have talked about this over the dinner table for weeks and weeks and weeks.

SUSAN MOYES Yes, we have, we have. And I just can't get my head around it at all. I can't. I can't understand it and I don't, I don't know if it'll ever be resolved, really.

REPORTER You are off back to Portugal soon I gather. And how do you think Praia da Luz will be when you get back?

SUSAN MOYES Yeah, we go back in a couple of weeks and my husband has actually said for the first time he is going to feel very differently about it. No, I'm fine about it. I'm fine about it. But yeah, its a shame, its kind of tainted what is a lovely, lovely spot.