Two Held in McCann Family Death Threat Probe

Detectives on Merseyside have confirmed that they have detained two people in connection with threats that have been made on a Facebook page towards the McCann family. The content of these threats also included detailed information regarding the movements of both Kate and Gerry McCann which was considered specific enough for Leicestershire Police to request their Merseyside colleagues to bring two persons in for questioning.

Merseyside Police would only confirm that a 54 year old man and 51 year old woman from the Wirral had been brought in for questioning and had been released on police bail pending further investigation. The Facebook page at the center of the Leicestershire investigation has been monitored routinely following threats earlier in the year to murder Kate McCann at a high profile public event.

This latest threat comes amid an exhaustive review by Metropolitan Police investigating complaints from several journalists that have received death and rape threats on social media sites.

The Facebook page at the center of this new investigation recently organised its members to leave abusive comments on Gerry McCann’s Triathlon charity page and a children’s charity that Kate McCann is a member of has advised the police that they have had to delete abusive and threatening comments from their public website.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCann family said the comments were “rude” and did not deserve further comment.

Madeleine McCann went missing from the family holiday apartment on the Portuguese Algarve in May 2007. Despite worldwide publicity she remains missing. A New Scotland Yard task-force, Operation Grange is now reviewing the case and continue to interview witnesses and suspects not followed up in the original botched Portuguese investigation led by Snr Gonçalo Amaral.

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