Government pumps another R5.6m into search for Maddie McCann

2019-06-06 15:13
Madeleine McCann in 2007. (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo Images)

Madeleine McCann in 2007. (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo Images)

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The British government has announced it will invest another £300 000 (more than R5.6m) into the police investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

According to the BBC, the funding, which will see the investigation continue until March next year, is in addition to the £11 750 000 already spent on the case.

Maddie (then three) mysteriously vanished from her parents Gerry and Kate McCann's flat while the family were holidaying in Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve region of Portugal.

An application for the funding was made by the Met Police to keep the investigating going. On Wednesday the Home Office announced that while a final decision on figures would only be made by October, it would provide a similar level of funding as it did in 2018/2019, when R5.6m was given, reports The Sun.

"We have received a request from the MPS to extend funding for Operation Grange until March 31, 2020," the Home Office said in a statement. "Funding for the investigation is provided by the Home Office through Special Grant funding which is usually available to police forces when they face significant or exceptional costs.

"All applications for Special Grant funding are considered carefully on their individual merits, however, decisions are made in batches to allow us to better consider the impact on the overall policing budget."

More than a decade since her disappearance, no significant clues have been revealed about what happened to the toddler, nor have any arrests been made.

However, according to The Metro, A German child killer has however been named the latest suspect in the child's vanishing. Martin Ney (48) is currently serving a life sentence for murdering three boys while they were on holiday with their families.

SOURCES: The Metro, BBC, The Sun

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