Day 112 - 23/08/2007 Thursday
Another early morning start but this time for a series of radio interviews to discuss the survey of MP’s and MEP’s. The survey shows overwhelming support for the introduction of a
wide sex offenders register. There is also support to implement a child rescue
alert, using local media to inform the community when a child has been abducted
and felt to be at serious risk.
There have also been calls for changes in the way child abduction cases are handled in
provide the best expertise available, quickly to the investigating police
force. We are uncertain if these measures were in place if it would have made
any difference to us finding Madeleine. Kate and I do hope that future changes
in legislation and practice will help prevent cases of child abduction and also
increase the chances of successfully finding missing children in such
Although very serious cases like Madeleine’s (stereotypical kidnapping) are rare, it is very difficult to determine the scale of the problem, as there is no consistency in data collection across
We agree with two leading British Charities (PACT and missing persons) that
such data have to be collected with greater accuracy so that the frequency of
serious crimes against children can be reliably documented- ideally such data
should be available across the EU. Europe is probably 25 years behind the in such
regard. Change has been driven by the USA
for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and by families who have suffered
high profile child abductions. National Center
Travelled back to the
tonight to attend to a few personal matters before heading to . I have just heard about the
shooting of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Edinburgh Liverpool.
This murder is such a tragic waste of a young life and our heartfelt sympathy
goes out to Rhys family.