Madeleine fund cannot be charity

Madeleine McCann's family could not register the fund for their missing daughter as a charity because its activity is not solely charitable.

Specialist charity lawyers Bates, Wells & Braithwaite spoke to the Charity Commission about the issue. "The fund was set up partly to keep the parents in Portugal," a commission spokeswoman said. "We said that if that was the purpose, it would not be charitable because it is not for the public benefit."

The fund may become a charity at a later date.

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