EastEnders has announced it has scrapped a story-line about child abduction because it is too close to the real-life disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The episode has already been shot and was due to have been screened late next month. But out of respect to the youngster's parents bosses of the soap decided that a new plot had to be written.
The abduction in the long-running soap involved characters Dawn Swann, played by Kara Tointon, Rob Minter (Stuart Laing) and Rob's wife May (Amanda Drew).
An spokeswoman for the show confirmed: "It was felt any story-line that included a child abduction was inappropriate and could cause distress."
Coronation Street also recently dropped an abduction plot.
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