Madeleine McCann’s parents ‘shocked’ after Facebook troll takes picture of couple

Kate and Gerry McCann arrive for a service to mark the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, at St Mary and St John church in Rothley, Britain May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Staples
The parents of missing Madeleine McCann, Gerry and Kate McCann (Picture: Reuters)

The parents of Madeleine McCann have reportedly been left “shocked and saddened” after a Facebook troll taunted them over their missing daughter.

The troll posted pictures of Kate and Gerry McCann, both 51, taken a restaurant in Scotland on Saturday, and wrote a message taunting them about Madeleine, the Sun reported.

The couple were pictured walking past a table at Beijing Banquet in Renfrew, near Glasgow, close to where Mr McCann has family.

The pair, from Rothley, Leicestershire, were carrying plates of buffet food back to their table in the pictures.

Madeleine McCann went missing from Praia da Luz in 2007 (Picture: PA)
Madeleine McCann went missing from Praia da Luz in 2007 (Picture: PA)

Alongside the images of the couple in the restaurant, the Facebook troll had reportedly posted the message: “Mum and dad are closer than I thought.”

A source from the family reportedly told the Sun: “Kate and Gerry are both shocked and saddened that someone could stoop this low.”

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The McCanns’ family spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, declined to comment on the alleged trolling.

Madeleine went missing from the Praia da Luz holiday resort in Portugal in May 2007.

In June, a further £300,000 was approved by the Home Office for Scotland Yard to continue its investigation into her disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared from a holiday flat in Portugal ten years ago, speak during an interview with the BBC's Fiona Bruce at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough, Britain April 28, 2017.   Photograph taken April 28, 2017.   REUTERS/Joe Giddens/Pool     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Kate and Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared 12 years ago (Picture: Reuters)

Metropolitan Police had asked for more funding to pursue “active lines of inquiries”.

The police investigation has so far cost £12 million.

On the 12th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance earlier this year, Kate and Gerry wrote on the official Find Madeleine website: “There is comfort and reassurance though in knowing that the investigation continues and many people around the world remain vigilant.

“Thank you to everyone who continues to support us and for your ongoing hope and belief.”

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