The parents of missing Madeleine McCann believe there would have been a greater chance of finding her if a missing child alert system had been used.

Kate and Gerry McCann want the European Parliament to improve inter-country co-ordination for the existing system.

The couple said it worked well in the US where hundreds of children had been recovered, and in France where it had been used five times and all five children had been found.

'Time is the enemy'
Mrs McCann described the system as a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies and media and transport companies.
An alert is published immediately when a child is abducted.
"The concept is quite simple in that time is the enemy in the case of a missing child and the goal is to instantly galvanise the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of that child," she said.

Mr McCann added: "We have clearly stated that the alert should be used for the most dangerous cases, and there is no doubt that a very young child who has gone missing late at night, from an apartment, and particularly in a foreign country, would meet the criteria."

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I have followed this case for quite a while. The parents themselves are under suspicion, and have been put through the wringer! What an ordeal for the little girl and her family! And still no clue as to where she could be.

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