Bikers help step-up the search for Madeline

Bikers across Portugal gather to find young girl

BIKERS from Portugal are joining the hunt for Madeleine McCann, the young English girl who was abducted while on holiday in Praia da Luz.

Members of the Motards da Praia motorcycling club in the village of Praia da Luz are setting off to the north of the country to meet up with like-minded bikers for the mission.

Over 50 members of the club rode through the village wearing crosses made of ribbons - yellow in honour of Madeleine and a green ribbon. In Portugal green is the colour of hope because of its association with spring.

Joaquim Imaginario of the club said that they would set off on their four-day ride to the north soon to meet the other motorcyclists where they would then begin to criss-cross the country spreading word of the appeal to outlying areas.

He also commented: "Everyone throughout the whole of Portugal, everywhere, are looking in ditches, empty buildings, everywhere that is possible, for little Madeleine. This is something which just does not happen - it has touched very closely to the hearts of all the Portuguese people. We are hoping that somebody who has not been in contact with media for different reasons, such as location, can be informed of her disappearance and help look for her."

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