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Gerry McCann's statement in full
The McCann's return was beamed around the world
The McCanns' return was beamed around the world

Gerry and Kate McCann have arrived at East Midlands Airport as the investigation into the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine, continues. Here is a statement made by Mr McCann at the airport:

Today, Kate, Sean, Amelie and I have returned home as we planned a while ago.

We are returning to Britain after careful thought.

We want the twins, as much as is reasonably possible, to live an ordinary life in their home country and want to consider the events of the last few days which have been so deeply disturbing.

While we are returning to the UK, it does not mean we are giving up our search for Madeleine.

As parents, we cannot give up on our daughter until we know what has happened.

We have to keep doing everything we can to find her.

Kate and I wish to thank once again all those who have supported us over the past days, weeks and months.

But we would like to ask for our privacy to be respected now that we have returned home.

Our return is with the full agreement of the Portuguese authorities and police.

Portuguese law prohibits us from commenting further on the police investigation.

Despite there being so much we wish to say we are unable to do so, except to say this: we played no part in the disappearance of our lovely daughter, Madeleine.



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