Presenter – Seven years ago while
on holiday with her family,
three-year-old Madeleine McCann
disappeared from an apartment in Praia
da Luz in the Algarve. Today on the eve
of the anniversary her parents gave an
emotional interview to the BBC’s Fiona
Bruce. They spoke of their frustration
that the Portuguese Police have not
agreed to a joint investigation with
Scotland Yard. They also talked of
their sadness as their daughter’s
birthday approaches, a milestone that
doesn’t get any easier for them.
Kate McCann – To us it makes
sense that the two police forces should
work together. I mean to have a more
streamlined approach, to avoid
duplication and basically to progress
the investigation at a faster pace. I’m
not sure myself and I haven’t been given
a reason as to why a joint investigation
team has been knocked back.
Gerry McCann – The concern that
we have and I think that the
Metropolitan Police also have is that at
the minute there’s almost a parallel
investigation going on which just
doesn’t make sense.
Fiona Bruce – Would you ever go
back? I mean I remember going to Praia
da Luz along with so much of the media
around the time when Madeleine was first
Kate McCann – I mean I do go
back. I mean I haven’t been since last
April but I do go back for personal
Fiona Bruce – And I guess for you
it’s a chance to be close to her. Is
that how it feels.
Kate McCann – It is. It’s
obviously the last place we were with
Madeleine and I’ll still walk those
streets and I guess try and look for
answers, or you know, so… It helps me,
most of the time.
Fiona Bruce – It’s the seventh
anniversary on Saturday. How will you
Kate McCann – Well usually it’s
very quietly. We usually have a small
gathering in the village which we’ve
done for the last so many years. Erm,
we’ve always said it’s actually
Madeleine’s birthday which follows soon
after really which is a more difficult
Fiona Bruce – And she would have
Kate McCann – Eleven, yeah!
Fiona Bruce – I mean how do you
mark that? How do you mark that for a
child who’s not there?
Gerry McCann – It’s hard. It’s
really hard. It’s not ???… She’s not
there. You should be celebrating. It’s
by the toughest day of our year I
think. Every year.
Fiona Bruce – And you find it
just as hard every year?
Kate McCann – Oh yeah,
definitely. You know and you think,
eleven and, you know, she’s due to start
secondary school in September which is
just, you know… It’s a long time.
Fiona Bruce – What’s your best
hope of where Madeleine is now because
you’ve always maintained she could be
Gerry McCann – I suppose the
scenario, and it’s not been ruled out,
is that Madeleine was taken by someone
who wanted a child and that she has been
loved and cared for. That’s I think the
best scenario but, of course, there are
Fiona Bruce – It’s a long shot,
but if Madeleine is alive, if she could
hear you, what would you say to her?
Kate McCann – We love you
Madeleine. We miss you every day as we
did that very first day and we’re
waiting for you. We’re never going to
give up. We’ll do whatever we can to