Two British newspapers have apologised to the parents of Madeleine McCann for suggesting that they were responsible for their daughter's disappearance.

Madeleine, who turned four shortly after she disappeared, went missing from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May last year while her parents ate dinner at a nearby restaurant with friends.

The McCanns' lawyers said the Daily Express and the Daily Star and their Sunday titles had published more than 100 articles that were grossly defamatory.

Both papers, which are owned by the Express Newspapers group, have published prominent apologies today.

They are also expected to pay substantial damages to the 'Find Madeleine' fund.