The father of Madeleine McCann yesterday
called for an example to be made of vile
internet trolls who have targeted his
Gerry McCann. Now police
have been handed a dossier
of messages [PA]
Heart consultant Gerry McCann, 45, spoke
out after Scotland Yard was called in to
investigate a catalogue of appalling
online abuse which included death
Mr McCann and his wife Kate, 46, are so
alarmed they say they have “grave
concerns” about letting nine-year-old
twins Sean and Amelie use the internet.
In an interview with the Radio 4 Today
programme, he said: “Clearly something
needs to be done about the abuse on the
internet. I think we probably need more
Detectives and the Crown Prosecution
Service are considering action after
being handed a dossier of more than 80
pages of tweets, Facebook posts and
messages from internet forums aimed at
Some messages of hate are even directed
at Sean and Amelie.
The development comes as one alleged
woman troll posted dozens of offensive
messages about the couple from Rothley,
"People are threatening violence against
Kate and myself"
She was allegedly part of a vile group
who directed abuse at the McCanns, whose
daughter disappeared during a family
holiday to Portugal’s Algarve coast in
Asked about the case, Mr McCann said: “I
haven’t read her tweets ... I think that
is an issue, that our behaviour is
modified by this.
“We do not have any significant presence
on social media or online.
“And I’ve got grave concerns about our
children as they grow up and start to
access the internet in an unsupervised
“There have been other instances where
people are threatening to kidnap our
children. People are threatening
violence against Kate and myself.
“I’m glad to see the law around this
area is being reviewed.”
Scotland Yard said: “We can confirm we
received a letter and documentation on
September 9 which was passed to officers
from Operation Grange.
“They are assessing its contents and
consulting with the CPS and the McCann