Portugal - (Ass Mess): A Portuguse newspaper Correio da Manha reporting developments in the story of an abducted British little girl has said that the night she was taken "was not the first time that her parents had left her alone while on holiday" and that up-market Mark Warner holiday complex employees confirmed that "this was normal behaviour at Praia da Luz".
"Is this company policy? Is it part of the holdiay company's marketing strategy, selling expensive vacations to adults willing to leave the kids sleeping at night with only an internal intercom system acting as childminder?" the report asked today.
The paper continued: "Police have reconstructed the holiday routines of the family and have come to the conclusion that the children were left alone on other occasions.
"This may be because the marketing literature for this holiday spot extols the child-friendly arrangements of the resort that give 'extra freedom' to parents' night life wishes while assuring them of top-notch electronic babysitting services."
The Portuguese paper has also said that statements to police from employees at the resort said that neither this family nor other parents had demonstrated any worry about leaving the children alone.
The reports have sparked a holiday industry frenzy as other operators review their marketing promises in the child-friendly holiday niche market and Mark Warner Holiday Camps' lawyers prepare for an onslaught of legal suits.