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Madeleine McCann's Bedroom Remains The Same Six Years After Disappearance

14/08/2014 16:49 | Updated 22 May 2015

Kate McCann: Madeleine's bedroom is same as when she disappeared six years ago

It is nearly six years since Madeleine McCann went missing, but in that time one thing hasn't changed – the little girl's bedroom.

Her mum Kate revealed her daughter's bedroom has remained untouched since Maddie disappeared and that she seeks comfort by spending time in the room.

Kate said: "I do have the key to our local church, but I don't always need to go there. Sometimes I can go into Madeleine's room and I don't even have to talk - I can just think.

"It's as it was really - that's her room. Sometimes people ask me if there will ever come a time when I change that room and it's difficult because in your head that indicates moving on and I'm not there."

The couple, from Rothley, Leicestershire, also told how they fear letting missing Madeleine's brother and sister stay away from home.

They said eight-year-old twins Sean and Amelie have not been allowed to sleep over at friends' houses.

Madeleine was three years old when she vanished from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal on May 3 2007. The youngster has never been found despite an international search led by British police.

Kate, speaking ahead of the sixth anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance on Friday, has admitted she hardly lets twins Sean and Amelie out of sight.

She said: "They haven't had any sleepovers with friends and I know that goes on a lot."

Although another year has passed since Madeleine went missing, they are confident they might be in a better position as the Metropolitan Police continue to review the case.

"In many ways things haven't changed and you could argue that, with the Met review two years in, we are actually in a better place because so much more information has been collated and lots of pieces of the jigsaw have been filled," Dad Gerry, 44, told the Press Association.

"It's just about keeping looking, find out what's happened to Madeleine and hopefully finding those responsible."

He said he was confident in the work being carried out by the Met, adding: "This is what we campaigned for and Kate will tell you that the Met are absolutely determined to see the job through. They feel like they are getting their teeth into the job."

Kate, 45, added: "When people come in they are always really enthusiastic to help and as time goes by, if you don't yield results people's motivation can wane. I think the opposite has happened with the Met. They seem to be more determined than ever."

The couple, who will mark the anniversary with a service in their village, said although they struggle with various occasions, including Madeleine's birthday, they are coping with her absence.

"Probably the last couple of years it's been a new normality," said Gerry. "We have adapted to our situation. There isn't so much intrusion and we're not in the public eye very much so those pressures have disappeared.

"The thing for Kate and I was always about having a proper search and turning over every stone and we feel like that is being done."

But he said that did not mean they did not still have hope: "Of course we miss Madeleine terribly but we still hope that we will find her. We are still in the same situation and for us we have got to keep going until we find Madeleine and those responsible."

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