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THE de­ci­sion by Kate and Gerry McCann to shut down their Twit­ter ac­count be­cause of vi­cious online abuse has been crit­i­cised by the mother of snatched tod­dler Ben Need­ham.

Ten­sion has been build­ing be­tween the two miss­ing per­sons cam­paigns in re­cent weeks, af­ter Kerry Need­ham, whose son Ben ( left) van­ished 24 years ago in Greece, ques­tioned the huge sum of po­lice cash spent on the search for Madeleine McCann.

The of­fi­cial Find Madeleine Cam­paign group, en­dorsed by the McCanns from Le­ices­ter, said it has ex­pe­ri­enced a spike in abuse over the past few weeks and re­port­edly moved to block Twit­ter ac­counts sup­ported by the Ben Need­ham Cam­paign.

Ms Need­ham said: “It feels like a per­sonal at­tack on me. It is deeply, deeply hurt­ful.

“I have my­self had mas­sive amounts of slan­der­ous abuse from sup­port­ers of the McCann cam­paign in the past but I have never taken that per­son­ally.”

She added: “I have never crit­i­cised the McCann fam­ily. I have only ever crit­i­cised the author­i­ties for the way the two cases have been han­dled so dif­fer­ently.”

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