The father of missing Madeleine McCann was yesterday told to go home by angry residents during a fresh visit to Portugal.
Gerry McCann, 40, sparked criticism after returning to the Portuguese resort to launch a fresh TV appeal and film a documentary.
But his arrival coincided with the loss of 21 staff at the Ocean Club complex, which management blamed on the 'Maddie effect'.We don't want to be uncharitable but we had more than our fair share of bad publicity when little Madeleine went missing,' said one bar owner at the resort.
'This new appeal just stirs up unpleasant memories and we can't see it leading anywhere,' he added.
Madeleine McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, went missing on May 3, 2007, during a family holiday at the resort of Praia da Luz. She would now be aged five. A police inquiry came to nothing and has since been closed.
Last week, posters appealing for information were torn down at the resort and the flat in which the family stayed was vandalised.
The Find Madeleine Fund, which arranged the international TV appeal, said residents had never been asked about what they saw.