Missing Child Statistics

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  1. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Madeleine McCann

    Age: Four. Parents: Kate, 40, a GP. Gerry, 39, a cardiologist. Siblings: Twins, now aged two.

    Home: Detached house, Leicestershire.

    UK press stories after nine days: 465.

    Rewards offered: £2.6m: the 'News of the World', Stephen Winyard, Philip Green, Simon Cowell, Coleen McLoughlin, 'The Sun', Sir Richard Branson, J K Rowling.

    Public donations: £1.1m:

    J K Rowling, Bryan Adams, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, John Terry, Phil Neville, David Moyes, the England cricket team.

    Wikipedia profile: 2,182 words after nine days.


    Shannon Matthews

    Age: Nine. Parents: Karen, 32, and Leon Rose, 29. Stepfather, Craig, 22. Siblings: Six boys and girls, from her mother's partnerships with five different men.

    Home: Three-bed council house, Dewsbury Moor.

    UK press stories after nine days: 242.

    Rewards offered: £25,500. Made up of £20,000 by 'The Sun', £5,000 from Huddersfield firm Joseph International, £500 from Wakefield pensioner Winston Bedford.

    Public donations: Thousands at most, including Leona Lewis.

    Wikipedia profile: 151 words after nine days.

    Just goes to prove... money talks! :evil:
  2. Money may talk...but class shouts!
  3. ....Disagree.

    Murders such as Jamie Bulger- working class little lad.

    Content of stories is what pulls reader in + holds their interest.... brutal truth - Maddie's story has more to squeeze out of it, like it or not.

    Shannon M also went missing right at the same time we had the breaking stories of two serial killers.....

    Would suggest difference in ability of parents to maintain contact with press and media maybe makes a difference as well - keeps Maddie's profile high priority.That comes down to communication, resilience and the sheer bloodymindedness of her parents.

    Individual case to case.

    Sadly, also the fact one child went missing abroad- got more of a storyline about it than the other.....Comes down to 'What Sells Papers' ?

    Whatever- both of them are children with parents tearing their hair out. God speed their safe return.
  4. Sarge, I thought this thread was about the loss of data by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, on how many children there were and their, er, mobile numbers...... :confused:
  5. Que ? 'Loss of data's' another little drama.
  6. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    What's that got to do with it? "Yeah, we've filled out weekly quota of sob stories this week. Sorry family; this just isn't newsworthy anymore"?

    News is news. Despite the glum nature of the story, it is far more newsworthy and relevant to the general public than what the Beckhams are up to this week, or the fact that Patrick Swayze has cancer (tragic though it is).

    Regrettably these incidents are not isolated: "For the UK as a whole, over 77,000 children go missing every year".


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