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06th Jun 2019

Government pledge more funds to search for Madeleine McCann

The UK government has pledged more funds to the search for Madeleine McCann, prolonging operation Grange until March 2020

Reuben Pinder

Madeleine went missing 12 years ago

The government has pledged to put more funds into the search for missing child Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in 2007 while on holiday with her parents at the age of three.

The Home Office have said a similar amount of money to that put into the case for 2018/19 – around £300k – will be put towards the search, which will be extended until March 2020 at least.

A final decision on this matter will be made in October.

The search has lasted 12 years, with more than £11m being spent on the case. In 2013, the Met Police took it upon themselves to launch ‘Operation Grange’ dissatisfied with the lack of progress made by Portuguese police.

One month ago, a new suspect in the case emerged, with British police handing information to Portuguese authorities on a foreign paedophile who was in Portugal at the time of McCann’s disappearance.

A recent Netflix documentary on the tragedy sparked controversy due to Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, refused to partake in the docu-series.

The couple issued a statement explaining their decision earlier this year, which read:

“We are aware that Netflix are planning to screen a documentary in March 2019 about Madeleine’s disappearance.

“The production company told us that they were making the documentary and asked us to participate.

“We did not see – and still do not see – how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, it could potentially hinder it.

“Consequently, our views and preferences are not reflected in the programme.

“We will not be making any further statements or giving interviews regarding this programme.”