A social media account aimed at helping to find missing Madeleine McCann has been deleted because of abusive content posted on the site.
In a statement on Facebook, the Find Madeline webmaster said “hatred and sheer viciousness” had been directed at Kate and Gerry McCann and the official twitter site was being shut down.
Gerry McCann, of course, comes originally from the St Johnston area of Donegal and was born in Altnagelvin Hospital.
Before moving to Scotland when Gerry and siblings were children, Gerry McCann’s father John lived in St Johnston, where the family owned a pub. Maddie posed for pictures outside the premises during a holiday in the year she went missing. She was also photographed on local beaches around the Dungloe area. Mr McCann has a large number of relatives there.
“At times, it has had me in tears,” the webmaster’s statement said, announcing the deletion of the twitter account.
“It is hard to accept that some people can be so cruel to a family that has already experienced the worst pain imaginable.”
The Facebook and Twitter accounts were started in 2008 to raise awareness of the campaign to find Madeleine, who disappeared during a family holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.