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The McCanns face every parents' worst nightmares

Sinead Ryan



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Parents of Madeleine McCann, Kate and Gerry McCann. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Parents of Madeleine McCann, Kate and Gerry McCann. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Parents of Madeleine McCann, Kate and Gerry McCann. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Every year, a quarter of a million children go missing in Europe. That's one every two minutes, every day of every year.

Fifty-four per-cent are runaways, according to Missing Children Europe, which collates data across member states. The next largest group are parental abductions. Just 29 are "criminal abductions", and only half of those are by a stranger.

Police say if a stranger-abducted child isn't found within four hours of being taken, their chances of ever being found are slim.