Madeleine McCann’s parents ‘appalled’ by ‘despicable’ trolls who mocked-up pic of them urging: ‘Stay home, save lives’ – The Sun

DESPICABLE trolls have mocked up “appalling” photos of Madeleine McCann with the NHS slogan “stay at home save lives”.

Kate and Gerry McCann, Maddie’s parents, are said to be disgusted by the cruel dig shared just days after the 13th anniversary of her disappearance.

The post infers infers Maddie, who disappeared on a family holiday in Portugal, is dead and they are to blame.

It features an old snap of heart doctor Gerry and ex-GP Kate, during one of their public appeals, and has been photo-shopped with them holding a placard bearing the Prime Minister’s coronavirus lockdown slogan.

A family friend said: "Kate and Gerry are appalled that someone could stoop this low.

“To mock them like this is callous and offensive and at a time when lives are tragically being lost due to coronavirus makes it even worse.

Kate and Gerry are appalled that someone could stoop this low.

“They try to avoid social media for this very reason. The trolling has been going on for nearly 13 years and they find it despicable."

Kate, 52, now a medical worker, and Gerry, 51, from Rothley, Leics, both work for the NHS which is being lauded during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The mum-of-three has previously told how the hurtful abuse has been “shocking, striking and quite hard to get your head around.”


The latest wave comes just months after they were left “shocked and saddened” when a troll posing as Maddie attacked them for simply eating out at a restaurant with family.

Kate and Gerry were pictured by a member of public during a visit to a restaurant in Scotland in November last year.

A troll later posted a Facebook jibe under a photo of the pair saying: "Mum and dad are closer than I thought”.

It was sickeningly in reference to the night Maddie vanished after being left sleeping alone with her younger twin siblings while her parents were dining in a nearby tapas restaurant in Portugal’s Praia da Luz in May 2007.

The McCann’s were also bombarded with abuse after streaming giant Netflix released an eight-part documentary last Spring re-examining the facts of Maddie’s abduction and presenting new theories.

Kate and Gerry refused to take part in the programme saying it would “do absolutely nothing” to help the global search to find her and could even hinder it.


An annual prayer gathering to remember the world’s most famous missing child on Sunday has already been cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis.

Kate and Gerry have been forced to axe the popular annual service for the first time but are still asking local villagers and well-wishers to come together remotely to mark the poignant occasion.

The family will be sharing prayers and readings online as they spend the day behind closed doors at their home.

Normally they walk a mile from their house to the village war memorial, where over the past years many supporters have congregated for the informal outdoor event.

A candle still burns around the clock as a beacon of hope for Maddie.

Maddie’s great uncle, Brian Kennedy, 80, said: “Present circumstances make our usual gathering impossible so it will all have to be done at long distance.

“We are asking members of our own churches here in Rothley as well as some others to remember the day with some short prayers and readings via email and the various internet sites."

British cops have requested new funding to continue the search for Maddie which is set to be approved by the Home Office.

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “It is good news that the Met Police are seeking a new budget to continue the hunt for Madeleine. Kate and Gerry are greatly encouraged that officers still believe there is active work left to be done.

“Whilst an active investigation is ongoing it gives them hope that one day they will find out what happened to their daughter after all these years. The Met has a iron will determination to find the answers Kate and Gerry so desperately want.”

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