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McCanns keep on smiling for twins

Original Source: BBC: 20 MAY 2007
Sunday, 20 May 2007
The parents of Madeleine McCann have given a glimpse of their efforts to stay strong for their other children despite their continuing ordeal.
Kate and Gerry McCann let cameras capture them laughing with two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie.

The family are seen eating beans on toast and sausages, and playing with a Thomas the Tank Engine toy.

The McCanns manage to muster smiles despite having no news of Madeleine, four, who was abducted on 3 May.

Earlier, a film asking for help to find her was shown at the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The two-minute Find Madeleine video, set to Simple Minds' song Don't You (Forget About Me), was shown on big screens before the kick-off and during half-time.

The footage was seen by 90,000 fans at the ground and as many as 450 million more on television screens worldwide.

Police are investigating several possible sightings of four-year-old Madeleine, from Leicestershire, including one in Marrakech, Morocco.

Fighting fund

Mr McCann told the Press Association news agency about the family's life in Praia da Luz, Portugal, as they wait for news.

He said they made time to play games and tell stories to the twins, who "still think they're on holiday".

The two-year-olds spend much of the day at the resort's Kids' Club, where "Amelie particularly likes to look after 'babies'", Mr McCann added.

In the pictures taken on Saturday, Mrs McCann wears green and yellow ribbons in her hair to symbolise hope for her missing daughter.

Meanwhile, money has poured in to a fighting fund set up for Madeleine.

The latest total is ?73,505 - which includes ?50,000 from Portsmouth Football Club - but does not include money collected by banks and building societies and cheques yet to clear.

A website set up to find the missing child has received almost 90 million hits and 40,000 messages of support since its launch on Wednesday.

Multinational companies are supporting the efforts to spread Madeleine's image across Europe.

BP, Shell, Esso, Texaco and Total will distribute appeal posters at their petrol stations, and there is a mobile phone text campaign run by Vodafone, O2 and Telefonica.

Other backers of the campaign include supermarket chain Carrefour, McDonalds, Carphone Warehouse, Budget car rental, British Airways and BAA, which is displaying posters at all its UK airports.

Royal Bank of Scotland is overseeing cash collections and Spain's Banco Santander and France's Credit Agricole and La Poste are distributing posters.

Coach operator National Express said posters of Madeleine would be placed in bus stations in 27 countries served by its Eurolines network.


Police have confirmed their only suspect, Briton Robert Murat, had phone contact with a key witness on the night the little girl disappeared.

A Russian man, Sergey Malinka, reportedly told detectives that he and Mr Murat had not spoken for a year.

But police sources have now confirmed to the BBC that the men had telephone contact on the night Madeleine disappeared.

Earlier, Chief Inspector Olegario de Sousa said he did not have the evidence to arrest Mr Murat, 33, who denies any involvement.

A Leicestershire police spokeswoman also confirmed that a Portuguese detective inspector had visited the English force's incident room to speak to officers.

Rewards of ?2.5m have been offered to anyone with information leading to the four-year-old's safe return.

Details of how to donate to Madeleine's Fund - at banks, by post or via the internet - can be found at


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