Seven years since Madeleine McCann disappeared

Seven years ago today Madeleine McCann disappeared while on holiday with her family in Portugal

Madeleine McCann's great aunt: 'positive' things can come from her disappearance

Madeleine McCann's great aunt has told ITV News Central 'positive' things can come from her disappearance.

Yesterday Kate and Gerry McCann attended a gathering in the village of Rothley in Leicestershire to remember Madeleine 7 years, to the day, after she disappeared.

Her great aunt says Madeleine's parents have done a lot to raise awareness of the importance of acting 'strongly' to find missing and exploited children.

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Crowds gather to remember Madeleine McCann who disappeared 7 years ago

Tributes at inter-faith gathering for Madeleine McCann
Tributes at inter-faith gathering for Madeleine McCann Credit: ITV News Central

An inter-faith gathering has been held in the Leicestershire village where Madeleine McCann lived to mark seven years since her disappearance.

People from Rothley gathered at the war memorial to remember Madeleine who vanished while on holiday with her family in Portugal.

Crowds gather to remember Madeleine McCann
Crowds gather to remember Madeleine McCann Credit: ITV News Central

The Metropolitan Police have revealed recently that they are looking at five cases in which young British girls were sexually assaulted during holiday home break-ins by a lone intruder in the Algarve.

One of these was in 2005 on a 10-year-old girl in Praia da Luz, where Madeleine, then three, vanished two years later.

Seven years since Madeleine McCann disappeared

Madeleine went missing in Portugal in 2007 Credit: Family photo

It is seven years today since Madeleine McCann went missing while on holiday with her family in Portugal.

On Thursday, Kate McCann, Madeleine's mother backed a revamped alert system that is triggered when missing children are kidnapped or their lives are at risk.

The Metropolitan Police also revealed recently that they are looking at five cases in which young British girls were sexually assaulted during holiday home break-ins by a lone intruder in the Algarve.

One of these was in 2005 on a 10-year-old girl in Praia da Luz, where Madeleine, then three, vanished two years later.