Met Police ‘ask for more funding to keep Madeleine McCann search going’
1st March 2019

Police have requested another year of funding in the search for missing Madeleine McCann, reports tonight claim.

Metropolitan Police have asked the Home Office for around £300,000, Sky News says. 

The current funding from the government is about to run out but the new injection is set to give the family fresh hope.

Scotland Yard was given around £150,000 to continue the investigation last October.

The Madeleine McCann investigation was scaled down in 2015 but since then, a small group of authorities in both the UK and England have reportedly been exploring "one final theory" in the case.

"The Home Office has just confirmed that they’ve had this application and the history of this has been that the Home Office has always there is something still to pursue.

"Great news for Madeleine McCann’s parents because, as each period of funding comes to an end they must fear Scotland Yard is about to pull the plug," Martin Brunt, Sky News crime correspondent, told the channel. 

"Clearly, Scotland Yard feels it is worth continuing.

"This development might means there is new confidence there is a breakthrough in the investigation, or this final sensitive theory that they’ve been pursuing for two years is proving to be more complicated, more sensitive than they thought at the start.

"But clearly officers feel it is worth carrying on with this investigation."

Scotland Yard would not comment to Daily Mirror tonight.

The cost of the police operation so far is £11.7 million.

Speaking in December, Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick vowed the search will not stop until it has "reached its conclusion".

The top police chief said: “I am quite happy it should continue until we find out what happened or we have exhausted all possible lines of inquiry."

Ms Dick was involved in Operation Grange, set up by Scotland Yard into the disappearance as the girl’s doctor parents pledged never to give up the search for their daughter.

Madeleine, then three, disappeared during a family holiday in Portugal in May 2007.

An international appeal for help finding Maddie has brought numerous reported sightings, none of them confirmed.

Portuguese police archived the case as "unsolved" in 2008.

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