The hunt for Madeleine McCann CONTINUES as Home Office approves Met Police’s request for cash to pursue a ‘final line of inquiry’ 11 years after youngster vanished

Madeleine McCann: Police granted more funds for search

-The Home Office allocated an unknown amount to the Met’s Operation Grange

-Detectives investigating disappearance applied for more funding in February

-More than £11 million has been spent so far on the probe to find the missing girl

The Met Police has been granted more funds to continue its 11-year-long search for Madeleine McCann.

The Home Office has confirmed that the application from the Metropolitan Police for more money to keep the probe, called Operation Grange, going will be granted.

It is thought that the latest grant is around £150,000, with more than £11 million already spent on the search for the missing schoolgirl.

A spokesman said: “The Government remains committed to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

“We have briefed the MPS that its application for Special Grant funding for Operation Grange will be granted.”

Government funding for the investigation has been agreed every six months, with £154,000 being granted from October last year until the end of March.

Last year detectives said a “critical line of inquiry” was being pursued.

More than £11 million has been spent so far on the probe to find the missing girl, who vanished from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007, aged three.

Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have vowed never to give up hope of finding their daughter.


Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell told the Daily Mail that Madeleine’s parents were “incredibly grateful” to the Home Office for granting the money request.

He said: “They are very encouraged that the Met Police still believe there is work left to be done and they are incredibly grateful to the Home Office for providing an extra budget for the investigation.”

In 2011 the Met Police launched its own investigation into what had happened to the child.

Two years later four suspects were identified and questioned, but were released without charge.

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