Missing Madeline McCann: time for answers

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Like thousands of other people across the country I made a point of watching last week’s “Crimewatch”.

Largely focussing on the unsolved Madeleine McCann case, it showed a detailed reconstruction of the night Madeleine disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment on May 3rd, 2007, in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann

The programme showed a timeline of that night’s events and two previously unreleased e-fit images of a man seen carrying a child towards the beach.

It also showed a live interview with Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann.

Seeing anyone in so much pain is very difficult to watch. It is particularly difficult if you are a parent yourself and throughout the programme I could only imagine the agony Madeleine’s parents have undergone and are still going through.

The programme was the main topic of conversation in The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times office the next morning, with many differing opinions expressed.

For some, the programme left them more confused than ever about what could have happened to the then three-year-old from Rothley, Leicestershire. Some were quick to ask the question why would two intelligent people like Gerry and Kate clearly are leave their three beloved children alone in an apartment 50m away from where they were enjoying a meal?

Even with regular checks, is that level of care deemed acceptable to the majority of people?

As a colleague said, would society have been so accepting of Gerry and Kate’s parenting if the same thing had happened to the child of a single mum or parents who claim benefits? Or would that person or parents have been instantly vilified?

As soon as “Crimewatch” finished many people took to social networking sites such as Facebook to give their opinion. Some were very disparaging towards Gerry and Kate McCann.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but only time and the ongoing police investigation will hopefully discover what has happened to Madeleine.

So, in my opinion, lets be as kind as possible in our reactions to two parents who have lost one of the most precious things anyone can lose in their life.

We all have actions we regret and situations we wish we could go back and rewrite. Lets hope for the McCann’s sake the programme will bring some long-awaited answers.