Nightmare as girl abducted; KIDNAP: Three-year-old Madeleine taken from holiday hotel room.
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A THREE-YEAR-OLD Midland girl has been abducted from her hotel room while on a family holiday in Portugal.
Portuguese police are investigating the disappearance from a holiday complex in Praia da Luz Praia da Luz (pron. IPA /pɾaiɐdɐ'luʃ/, "Beach of Light") is a resort located about 6km from Lagos in the Algarve, Portugal. It is a holiday destination drawing visitors mainly from Portugal, Britain, France and Germany. in the western Algarve.
A Foreign Office spokesman said that he understood the girl's parents, from Leicester, had gone to have dinner once their children were asleep last night, but returned to check on them only to find the girl had gone missing.
"They reported it straight away," he said, adding that consular assistance Consular assistance is the assistance by the diplomatic agents of a country to those of nationals who are overseas.
Such assistance may take the form of:
"They were just watching the hotel room and going back every half-hour and the shutters had been broken open and they had gone into the room and taken Madeleine,"
"They went out about eight, went back in at nine, they were fine, went back in at 10 and she was gone."
She described the missing girl as a "very pretty, very blonde three-year-old". Ms Renwick said that the parents were on a Mark Warner Mark Robert Warner (born December 15, 1954) is an American businessman and politician from the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia and a member of the Democratic Party. Warner is the immediate former governor of Virginia and the honorary chairman of the Forward Together PAC. holiday.
"This is the first time they have done this.
They are very, very anxious parents and very careful and they chose Mark Warner because it is a family-friendly resort." She said the couple also had twins.
The family were thought to have been staying at seaside resort the Ocean Club.
The club is in the village of Praia Da Luz and consists of individual villa-style accommodation mixed with small bars, restaurants, cafes, boutiques and shops.
The resort has three private areas with their own pool, bar and cafe or restaurant, and is close to the sandy beach where hundreds of tourists descend each year.