Cops hunting Madeleine McCann 'to be given more money' in £11m search

Met Police detectives hunting Madeleine McCann ‘are set to be given more money’ in £11m search for missing girl

  • Funds for Operation Grange will expire in days but more resources are imminent
  • Police chiefs said to reject claims the coronavirus crisis will affect investigation
  • Maddie disappeared aged three while on holiday in Portugal back in May 2007 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

More than £11 million has been spent on the search for Madeleine McCann, pictured

The operation to find Madeleine McCann is set to receive another cash boost, on top of the £11 million already pledged in the hunt for the missing girl.

Detectives have requested extra money to continue their investigation into the disappearance of the toddler in Portugal back in 2007, according to The Sun.

Funds for Operation Grange will expire at the end of the month but it’s suggested more resources to ensure the search continues should not be an issue.

A Met Police source told the site: ‘There has been some recent speculation that the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance could be put on hold or discontinued because of the coronavirus epidemic and a shortage of officers working. 

‘This isn’t the case and we can’t see the outbreak causing a problem for this ongoing inquiry. Neither can the Home Office.

She disappeared from apartment 5A in Praia Da Luz in Portugal, pictured, in 2007, while her parents were dining in a nearby tapas restaurant

‘We’ve been told there will hopefully be no problem with new funding.’

The news has been welcomed by Maddie’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, according to their spokesman Clarence Mitchell.

‘While an active investigation is ongoing, it gives them hope that one day they will find out what happened to Madeleine after all these years,’ he said.

‘The Met has an iron will determination to find the answers Kate and Gerry so desperately want.’ 

Three-year-old Madeleine vanished after she had been left sleeping alone with her younger twin siblings while her parents were dining in a nearby tapas restaurant at their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.

The couple, from Rothley, Leicestershire, who insist they made regular checks on the children throughout that evening, have never given up hope of finding their daughter.

Parents Kate and Gerry McCann, pictured, welcomed the news of more resources through their spokesman

However, ex-detective Mark Williams-Thomas recently claimed the case will never be solved because a crucial CCTV camera was switched off when Maddie, who would now be 17, disappeared.

The Met took over the hunt in 2011 after the parents made a personal plea to then-Prime Minister David Cameron, and has received more than £11m in funding, despite some police chiefs calling for the search to end.

There were fears the demands of the Covid-19 pandemic on policing would mean further funding could be shelved, but it appears detectives will continue to be backed in the coming days.   

Officials from the force told The Sun: ‘The Met has previously said that the team leading the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is small in number.

‘The team continue to lead that investigation, but can flex if it is required.’  

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