Madeleine McCann detectives given £150,000 in fresh hope for search for missing girl
A further £150,000 has been granted for detectives towards the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann.
The Home Office confirmed today that it has allocated the money to allow Scotland Yard to continue its investigation until March.
Madeleine was three when she vanished while on holiday with her parents in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.
Scotland Yard launched its own investigation, Operation Grange, into her disappearance in 2013, after a Portuguese inquiry failed to make any headway.
Force bosses have been applying for funding from the Home Office every six months to continue the inquiry, that has cost about £11.75 million so far.
Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have always pledged never to give up the search for their daughter.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We have confirmed that Special Grant funding of £150,000 will be provided to the Metropolitan Police Service for the six-month period to 31 March 2019.”
A former counter-terror detective previously said it is vitally important to keep searching for the girl over 11 years later.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain , David Videcette said Met Police must be given more funding to discover what happened to Maddie.
He said: “If she had been abducted, then we need to catch whoever did that because it will happen again.
“However much money we spend on this case, we’ll save on the next case if we catch that person and that’s where we need to look at.”
The sum that has already been spent on the McCann investigation has sparked public debate, with some critics claiming there are many other missing children who haven’t been given the same resources.
Also on GMB was founding member of Scotland Yard’s undercover unit, Peter Bleksley who argued it was difficult to justify spending more when police appear to be no closer to finding Maddie.
He said: “There has to be a point where they say ‘you know what we have to put this file in the too difficult tray because quite frankly we are unable to solve it’.
“How much more money has to be ploughed into this, are there still live investigate threads that are going to potentially lead to some kind of resolution 11 years on? At some stage, this has to stop.”
Meanwhile, Videcette insisted money shouldn’t be an issue, adding: “Good investigations take time.”
The couple were dining in the holiday complex’s restaurant while Maddie and her siblings were sleeping in the nearby apartment.
At 10pm they realised she was gone, sparking a frantic hunt of the resort and surrounding area.
There have been many reported sightings of the girl – who would now be 15 – around the world over the years.
However there is no concrete evidence to suggest her location or if she’s still alive.