Nicky Gill (L) and Linda McQueen
Two of Kate McCann's closest friends have come to her defence, dismissing claims
she or husband Gerry had any involvement in their daughter Madeleine's
Linda McQueen, 45, and Nicky Gill, 39, praised her as a devoted mother.
The pair, who have known Kate since childhood, travelled to London specifically
to defend their friend against allegations surrounding her character.
Formal suspects in the search for their first born, Kate and Gerry McCann were
also visited by representatives from Leicestershire social services to discuss
the welfare of their twins.
Still missing: Madeleine McCann
Mrs McQueen categorically denied the pair could have harmed Madeleine in any
way, describing them as "the most loving, caring, family-oriented couple that
you could ever meet".
Asked if she had ever questioned her friend's innocence for a second, she said:
"No, not at all, not a shadow of a doubt from anybody at all ever."
Both were desperate to describe the Kate they know, and have been friends with
Ms Gill said some of the recent media coverage have served to mislead the
"To have these words said about her is just so unfair and hurtful. They just do
not deserve it whatsoever."
"I want people to know who Kate is and what she is like," she said.