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Gerry McCann to take part in charity triathlon

Gerry McCann takes part in the Miles for Missing People run, in Regent's Park, central London in 2012.
Gerry McCann takes part in the Miles for Missing People run, in Regent's Park, central London in 2012. Credit: PA Wire

The father of Madeleine McCann will take part in a triathlon this weekend in aid of a charity which supports family and friends of missing people.

Gerry McCann, whose three-year-old daughter Madeleine went missing six years ago in Portugal, will take part in the Virgin Active London Olympic Distance Triathlon on Sunday to raise funds for the charity Missing People.

The triathlon will see him complete a 1.5k swim, 40km cycle and finish with a 10km run.

It comes after his wife Kate raised almost £22,000 when she completed the London Marathon in April in aid of the charity.

Madeleine went missing from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve on May 3 2007, shortly before her fourth birthday.

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Kate McCann to run London marathon: "you can't live in fear"

Kate McCann Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Kate McCann, whose daughter Madeleine was abducted in Portugal in 2007, says she has not been put off competing in the London marathon by the Boston bombings.

She is an ambassador of the Missing People charity and is aiming to raise £20,000 to mark its 20th anniversary.

"This sickening act is just incomprehensible and the loss of life, especially that of a young child, heart-breaking.

"But I feel strongly that you can't live in fear or you don't have a life."

More than 60,000 sign Hacked Off petition

More than sixty thousand people have now signed an online petition calling for the Leveson recommendations on press regulation to be implemented in full.

The petition was launched yesterday by the father of Madeleine McCann from Leicestershire. The Prime Minister says he's opposed to a press watchdog backed by law. Victims of phone hacking victims, including 7/7 hero Paul Dadge from Staffordshire, say they feel they have been let down.

For more on this story, visit the ITV National website.

Calls for changes in the law after Leveson report

Gerry McCann has called on the Prime Minister to change his mind and give his backing for a new law to underpin the recommendations of the Leveson report.

The father of the missing Leicestershire schoolgirl has launched a petition in support of the victims of press intrusion.

David Cameron says parliament should resist bringing in a law **to regulate the press but political opponents including his own deputy Nick Clegg disagree.

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Gerry McCann gives support to petition for changes following Leveson report

by Alison MacKenzie

Gerry McCann is giving his backing to the launch of a petition to put pressure on the authorities to implement the recommendations in the Leveson report.

Mr McCann and other victims of press intrusion say the proposals for a tough independent regulator to be underpinned by legislation should be implemented in full.

It follows the Prime Minister's statement in the Commons yesterday that he had 'misgivings' about introducing a new law .

Gerry McCann urges PM to 'do the right thing'

The father of missing Madeleine McCann said legal backing for any new system was the "minimum acceptable compromise for me and for many other victims" and urged the Prime Minister to "do the right thing".

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "I would have liked to have seen a properly independent regulation of the press, whereas I think he has given the press another opportunity of self-regulation."

It should be made compulsory and measures put in place make journalists more accountable, he said.

Kate and Gerry McCann arrive to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry last year.
Kate and Gerry McCann arrive to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry last year. Credit: PA

He added: "But I do accept that full implementation of Lord (Justice) Leveson's report is the minimum acceptable compromise for me and I think for many other victims who have suffered at the hands of the press.

"The Prime Minister and our other elected politicians have an opportunity now to do the right thing. And if they do the right thing, for the public, then it will help restore a little confidence.

"I clearly respect his opinion but I personally disagree with the viewpoint and Lord (Justice) Leveson, as a senior law judge of our country, has made clear that what he is proposing is not a state-run press.

"It is a fine distinction but without the statutory underpinning this system will not work."

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