Maddie McCann cops ask Government for six months’ worth of cash for search

Search Funding for Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange due to run out at end of month

British detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann 11 years ago have asked the government for funding to continue the probe for six months.

The Metropolitan Police has requested funding from the Home Office to extend the £11.6m probe beyond the end of September.

In March, the force was granted an extra £150,000 to continue its investigation for another three months.

Madeleine was three when she was last seen on holiday with her family in Portugal in May 2007.

Scotland Yard launched an investigation, Operation Grange, in 2013 after Portuguese detectives failed to make headway.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “All funding matters regarding Operation Grange are dealt with by the Home Office, but the MPS are currently in dialogue with the Home Office regarding future funding.”

However, a spokeswoman for the Home Office said: “To date no request has been received from the Metropolitan Police Service to extend funding for Operation Grange beyond the end of September 2018. “search

Detectives still searching for missing Madeleine have not uncovered any significant new leads in their latest trips to Portugal, where the toddler vanished in May 2007.

Metropolitan Police’s Operation Grange has cost taxpayers £11.6m since being launched 11 years ago.

Last week it was revealed that detectives bought five return flights for two separate trips to Portugal for the last financial year.

A Freedom of Information request showed that the fares to the country cost £1,240, including £811 for accommodation claimed by senior investigating officer Det Chief Insp Nicola Wall.

Kate and Gerry McCann face another ‘D-Day’ where they fear the search for their daughter, codenamed Operation Grange, could be indefinitely suspended in the absence of fresh information.

Earlier it was reported Kate and Gerry McCann have vowed “the search will go on” for their missing girl amid reports police could shelve their hunt.

Kate and Gerry may continue the hunt by using money from Madeleine’s Fund, set up after their daughter vanished from their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007, when she was three.

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