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Prayers were said

Prayers were said in Portugal for the safe return of Madeleine McCann, the three-year-old British girl feared abducted from her holiday apartment.

Church services were held in Praia da Luz where the Leicestershire toddler was seized.

A Roman Catholic mass took place and later tourists and British expatriates attended an Anglican service at the village church.

Her parents, meanwhile, made a fresh appeal for information on Saturday evening.

Doctors Gerry and Kate McCann, who were among those attending church, said they appreciated the “significant efforts” being made to find Madeleine.

Mr McCann said: “We have no further information regarding the investigation but appreciate the significant effort everyone is making on our behalf.

“We would again like to appeal for any information, however small, that may lead to the safe return of Madeleine.”

Guilhermino Encarnacao, director of the judicial police in the Faro region, said officers were working on the assumption Madeleine was being held between 3km and 5km (about two to three miles) from the resort.

He said police had taken about 30 calls from potential witnesses and have created an artist’s impression of a suspect.

Updated 18:36, May 6, 2007