Emails between paedophile Sir Clement Freud and the parents of Madeleine McCann are set to be investigated as part of a child sex abuse inquiry
Correspondence between the late MP and the parents of missing Madeleine will be submitted to an inquiry into historic abuse allegations.
The McCanns became close to the Liberal MP and BBC broadcaster in Portugal after their daughter Madeleine disappeared in 2007 and kept in touch with him until he died two years later.
The Mirror reports:
The revelation comes after news the ex-MP and TV and radio star had a villa in the resort Madeleine McCann vanished from and befriended her parents Kate and Gerry in the weeks after she went missing.
A woman who says she was a victim of Freud claims she told police about his links to the family, but nothing was done.
Now Vicky Hayes, 64, says she she reported her concerns to police two years after reading Kate McCann’s book Madeleine.
Vicky had found that Freud appeared to be a private person who did not enjoy the media spotlight and found the idea of him entertaining the McCanns, after Madeline disappeared, odd.
She told ITV News: “I read Kate McCann’s book and was immediately upset and anxious that Clement Freud had invited the McCanns to his home.
“He was a private man, not the type to suddenly befriend a couple who had intense media attention. It really jarred with me, left me feeling very uneasy.”
“He had a home in Praia de Luz, but why invite them and cook for them?” Ms Hayes continued.
“Nobody else would have thought Freud capable of abuse and rape but he did it to me.
“I’m angry police were dismissive of my information.
“My son wrote to the police with my account and concerns over Freud in connection to the McCanns, but he never got any response.
“I have a six year old granddaughter, a young girl like Madeline. If you have a something you feel needs to be looked at you have to tell someone. That’s what I did.
“That’s why I contacted the police, when I read Kate McCann’s account, I wanted the detectives to know what I knew about Clement Freud.
“My purpose was for officers to investigate why he invited (them).”
“It needs investigating if Freud had any involvement or knew anything,” she added.
“He was capable of anything.”
The Metropolitan Police Service has been contacted for a comment.
Hayes, 64, grew up in Lincoln. In the mid 1960’s, Clement Freud visited her father’s seafood restaurant there, known as Syd’s, to try the food.
She said: “Daddy’s fish restaurant was already quite well known so Clay, as we knew him, came to try his cooking when he was in Lincolnshire for horse racing. That’s when I met him.
“He immediately took a shine to me, I was 14 at the time. I was pretty and after that on his visits I would wait on.”
She claims he raped her when she was 17 after taking her to the horse races.
The McCanns are said to be “horrified” by the claims that Freud was a paedophile.
They were invited to his house twice after Madeleine vanished and kept in contact by phone and email.
Writing about their first meeting – two months after Madeleine vanished – Kate McCann wrote in her book: “I’m usually very intimidated by people with brains the size of planets but Clement was incredibly warm, funny and instantly likeable.”
He had cooked a watercress and egg salad followed by a chicken and mushroom risotto which was “the best risotto we’ve ever tasted before or since”.
Kate and Gerry were two months into the search for their daughter when they received the letter inviting them for the meal at his holiday home in Praia da Luz, a short drive from the Ocean Club, where Madeleine went missing on May 3, 2007.
He invited them for dinner again in September that year but they cancelled because they had been named arguidos in the investigation.