Emotional homecoming for missing Madeleine's family

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Emotional homecoming for missing Madeleine's family

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The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have arrived back in Britain from Portugal, where they are deemed to be formal suspects in the disappearance of their daughter. The couple carried their other two children as they got off a plane at East Midlands Airport.

They made the journey with the agreement of Portuguese authorities but it is understood they could be called back at any time.

In a brief statement to reporters, Gerry McCann said: “Whilst it is heartbreaking to return to the UK without Madeleine, it does not mean we are giving up the search for her. As parents, we cannot give up on our daughter until we know what has happened. We have to keep doing everything that we can to find her.”

Neither he nor his wife Kate have been charged and both insist they are innocent.

“We have played no part in the disappearance of our lovely daughter Madeleine,” said Gerry McCann.

In today’s British press, Madeleine’s mother told one newspaper that Portuguese detectives pressured her to lie.

“I’m being framed,” she said.

Kate McCann said she was offered a plea bargain, with the promise of a reduced sentence if she admitted hiding Madeleine’s body after an accidental death.

The four-year-old disappeared from a holiday apartment in the Algarve in May.