Madeleine McCann: Police call for extra funds to continue search for youngster

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Police have called for more funding to follow up leads in the hunt for Madeleine McCann .

Scotland Yard insists it still has “active lines of inquiries” in the investigation.

But in order to pursue these, Met Police has asked the Home Office for extra funding.

“We have active lines of inquiries and I think the public would expect us to see those through,” said Commissioner Cressida Dick.

“A very small team continues to work on this case with Portuguese colleagues and we have put in an application to the Home Office for further funding.”

Some £150,000 was given to police in November last year.

It was the latest extra cash injected into the search, which has now cost the taxpayer around £11.75million.

Police have asked for more funding to find the child

 

Force bosses have been applying for funding from the Home Office every six months to continue the inquiry.

It’s unclear how much money Scotland Yard has asked for on this occasion, or what exactly the “active lines” are.

Madeleine was three when she was last seen while on holiday with her parents in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.

British police launched their own investigation, Operation Grange, in 2013 after a Portuguese inquiry failed to make progress.

Kate McCann and Gerry McCann have always pledged never to give up the search for their daughter

And Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have always pledged never to give up the search for their daughter.

Last month, the couple were furious to see newly released pictures of what their missing child could look like now .

The age-progression images of their child were circulated on  Instagram .

The Met Police declined to comment on the new pictures.

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