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THURSDAY, 29th DECEMBER, 2011.

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Review of the year Readers'ViewsPages16-18 Page 14

Starts p20

What’s on... What’s gone...

Pages 23-24

Tributes to Mayor

Page 40

What’s happened to missing Madelena?

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By Kayleigh Williams As the search continued yesterday (Wednes-day) for an 84-year-old woman who was reported missing on Christmas Eve, police said they were keen to speak to anyone who has seen the canvas shopper trolley Madelena Whittaker used to collect firewood.

Search and rescue teams, dog patrols and the police helicopter were called in to look for her after she disappeared from her home on Boundary Lane, Congleton.

A friend last saw her in the town centre at around 5pm on Friday.

The next day a concerned neighbour reported her missing to the police.

A search was launched and

MadelenaWhittaker, (84), from Congleton, was reported missing on Christmas Eve.

specially trained police officers were called in, as were the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue who were assisted by Search and Rescue Dogs Association England and search teams from as far as Cumbria and Yorkshire.

As the search was stepped up yesterday police appealed to help from walkers in the area where she was known to collect firewood.

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Congleton’s Olympic legacy will get off to a flying start on Monday when gold medallist Ann Brightwell, third from left, will join athletes from Boalloy Running Club in a 60-mile relay race. It will begin the town’s celebrations to mark the Olympic year. Lining up with her here are, from left, Dennis Vallely, Kate Hollins, Tyler Goodwin and Andrew and Lisa Barlow. To find out what the runners will be carrying as they cross the finish line, turn to page 19. (“Chronicle” photo. 5201d/11).

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