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PC joked she needed 'holiday so much she'd go away with the McCanns'

by Rebecca Couvreur (2020-06-08)


A police officer is under investigation over a sick post on Facebook which mocked the parents of Madeleine McCann. 

The joke appeared on the Facebook page of PC Paula Manos, an officer for Avon and Somerset Police in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, near Bristol. 

It read: 'I need a holiday so much I'd be willing to go away with the McCanns at this point.' 

The officer's Professional Standards Department is now investigating the post.
















PC Paula Manos, an officer for Avon and Somerset Police in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, near Bristol, is under investigation over a sick post on Facebook which mocked the parents of Madeleine McCann







The post read: 'I need a holiday so much I'd be willing to go away with the McCanns at this point'


According to The Mirror, the post appeared on March 23, the day the coronavirus lockdown was announced and Britons were ordered not to leave their homes except for essential reasons and for exercise. 

Madeleine disappeared from her holiday apartment in Praia De Luz, Portugal, in 2007 after parents Kate and Gerry left her and her twin siblings sleeping while they had dinner with friends at a nearby restaurant.

Some users responded to the post with a laughing or shocked emoji, while others just 'liked' the post. 

One of the PC Manos's friends replied: 'That would be a Renault Megane, yes?'.

The comment was in apparent reference to the Renault Scenic car Kate and Gerry McCann rented after their daughter disappeared.  






Madeleine disappeared from her holiday apartment in Praia De Luz, japanese movie, Portugal, in 2007 after parents Kate and Gerry left her and her twin siblings sleeping while they had dinner with friends at a nearby restaurant







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PC Manos then reportedly responded with a GIF of comedy character Mr Bean dropping a glass, as well as one of a cat with a shocked expression.

Speaking of the post, a source told The Mirror: 'It's not the sort of thing one would expect the police to be doing.

'I think that it is wrong and a bit disturbing.'

The source added: 'She worked at the police force in inner Bristol before she moved to Thornbury two or three years ago.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: 'We have a clear policy on what's expected of all our officers and staff in relation to responsible professional and personal use of social media.
















The news of the post comes after German prosecutors announced a major breakthrough in the search for Madeleine, saying they are investigating 43-year-old paedophile Christian Brueckner (right)


'This policy is guided by the shared values which are expressed in the Code of Ethics and the standards which reflect public expectation on how those in policing should behave.

'Our Professional Standards Department have been made aware of the post and will be looking into them further.

'While we're not able to comment further at this stage, we would like to make clear that we do not condone in any way the sentiments expressed in the posts.'

The news of the post comes after German prosecutors announced a major breakthrough in the search for Madeleine, saying they are investigating 43-year-old paedophile Christian Brueckner. 

He was living in Praia Da Luz at the time of Madeleine's disappearance.

He is currently serving time in prison in Germany for drugs offences and was previously convicted in Germany of sexually abusing two girls.  

The sex offender also raped a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz just 18 months before Madeleine disappeared.    



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Police officer 'made sick joke on Facebook about going on holiday with McCanns' - Mirror Online