The parents of Madeleine McCann have joined the growing voices of protest against the government’s plans for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre or CEOP.
The government intends to merge the organisation into the new National Crime Agency, but yesterday the head of CEOP, Jim Gamble, resigned due to these plans. He believes that the merger will lessen the impact CEOP can make, and that it should remain an independent body as the issue of child protection is such a vital one.
The mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne showed support for Mr Gamble, criticising the move in stronger terms and calling it disgusting. And now Kate and Gerry McCann have added their weight behind the protesting voices.
They said they were upset and disappointed, and talked of Mr Gamble’s commitment. According to a report in the Mirror, Kate and Gerry stated: “The resignation will be a huge loss to child protection. It’s extremely saddening that he feels unable to continue to lead the CEOP, apparently as a consequence of the proposed changes. We urge the Government to remember the value of our children.”
The Association of Chief Police Officers has also come forward and said it is in “firm support” of CEOP remaining as an independent organisation.