Madeleine McCann’s sister speaks publicly for first time

since her disappearance 16 years ago

At a vigil marking the anniversary, Amelie

Amelie also spoke at the vigil in memory of her sister

now aged 18, said: “It's nice that everyone is here together but it's a sad occasion.”

The informal prayer meeting, attended by about 70 people

took place in the family's home village of Rothley in Leicestershire

They wrote: “Today marks the 16th anniversary of Madeleine’s abduction.