Monday 15 April 2013

Stark reminder - watch your kids on holiday!

With less than a month to go until the anniversary of Maddie's disappearance, a stark reminder of the dangers whilst holidaying with children.

A BRIT has spoken of the “shocking” moment his daughter was caught up in a suspected kidnap bid that mirrored the Madeleine McCann case.
Police want to speak to the man after her dad intervened.

Doctors think two fits suffered by the girl, who was just three at the time of the terrifying ordeal, may have been brought on by stress.

The dad of three, from Milton Keynes, Bucks, had been shopping on holiday in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, when his girl vanished.
He spotted her flashing trainers disappearing round a corner.

He told the Daily Star: “There was a man leading her off by the wrist. I shouted, ‘Oi! What the f*** are you doing?’ I grabbed her but he wouldn’t make eye contact and walked off.
“I think she was in shock and knew something was very wrong.”

Later the family spotted the man, believed to be British, again close to young girls near the beach and the dad took the photo.
The suspect denied any wrongdoing, claiming he was on a drying-out weekend organised by Alcoholics Anonymous and had thought the girl was lost.

Police wish to speak to this man in connection with an attempted child abduction in Lanzarote

The dad, who asked to remain anonymous, said the family reported the incident to Spanish police and British police when they returned home.
The incident bears frightening similarities to the McCann case, when three-year-old Maddie went missing in Portugal in 2007.
The dad added: “We’re lucky, we got her back.
“I believe he was an opportunist. If he’s innocent I want police to tell me that.”

Det Const John Swallow, of Thames Valley Police , said: “Anyone who recognises him or has information on his whereabouts should contact us.”
He is described as white with pasty skin, of stocky build with broad shoulders, 5ft 8ins-5ft 9ins, 40-55 years old, with short dark hair and a dark moustache.

Kate and Gerry McCann’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell said last night: “They’re aware of this.
“It is good news that the child was spotted and recovered very quickly by her father.
“Scotland Yard have been contacted and are now liaising with the force.’’

Another source close to the McCanns said: “Again this is proof that British youngsters are potentially vulnerable while away on holiday."

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