Can you help find Madeleine?

by Richard West-Soley 49 views

News coverage in the UK is currently focussed not on Eurovision, but on the disappearance of a four-year-old girl in Portugal, and countless readers have approached the team over the past couple of days to ask if we can help in raising awareness of the search all over Europe.

Madeleine McCann went missing from a holiday resort in Portugal nine days ago, and a Europe-wide search has been underway since then but so far without success. Madeleine's parents, still in Portugal, have made a plea for people to "redouble their efforts" to find their daughter, and so the team at are asking readers all over the continent to be aware of the international search.

The police are looking for leads all over Europe, as Madeleine may no longer be in Portugal, and so people in any country may have valuable information that could assist in the search. If you think you have information which could help, you can contact a special international Crimestoppers line to share it. Callers will be treated with anonymity on +44 1883 731 336.

With the eyes of Europe focussing on the Helsinki today, we feel that it is right to help highlight this case today and hope for Madeleine's speedy return to her family.

You can find out more about developments at the BBC News site by clicking this link .

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site