McCann family returns to UK

Sunday 09 September 2007 22.11
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McCanns - Boarded an Easyjet flight
McCanns - Boarded an Easyjet flight
McCanns - Arrival at their home
McCanns - Arrival at their home
McCanns - At East Midlands Airport
McCanns - At East Midlands Airport
McCann Family - Madeleine's parents arrive home with their 2-year-old twins
McCann Family - Madeleine's parents arrive home with their 2-year-old twins

The parents of missing British child, Madeline McCann have said they have not given up on the search for their daughter despite having returned home from Portugal.

The family are back in the UK tonight four months after their daughter Madeline went missing in Portugal.

Gerry and Kate McCann and their 2-year-old twins boarded an Easy Jet flight at Faro airport shortly after 9.30am, which landed at East Midlands Airport at 12.20pm.

Speaking at East Midlands Airport, Gerry McCann said they had decided to return to Britain as planned today after careful thought.

He said they wanted time to consider the events of the last few days but insisted that the search for Madeleine was not over.

He asked for their privacy to be respected and again denied any involvement in the case.

Portuguese police formally declared Mr and Mrs McCann suspects in the case on Friday, but no restrictions were placed on their movement.

They apparently received assurances from the Portuguese police that they would be free to leave the country, despite being declared arguidos, or suspects in the case of the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

Under Portuguese law, a judge must decide whether to bring charges against an arguido within ten days if they are not in police custody.

A spokeswoman for the McCanns, said the couple was not running away from the investigation but was leaving for the sake of their 2-year-old twins.

Madeleine vanished from a resort in Praia da Luz resort on 3 May.