Dawn Neesom
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Daily Star Editor 'sorry' for McCann distress

12 January 2012 Last updated at 12:59 GMT

The editor of the Daily Star has told the Leveson Inquiry into press standards that she regrets the paper's coverage of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The Daily Star was forced to pay the McCanns £500,000 for libellous stories including one headlined "Maddie 'sold' by hard-up McCanns".

Dawn Neesom said: "The source of the stories was entirely coming from Portugal and we were being fed stories by the Portuguese police and press.

"It was a risk and to this day I regret what happened in the McCann case and all I can do is repeat the apology on page one for the hurt and distress we caused them."