The Home Office has agreed to fund the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann until March next year.
Madeleine was three when she vanished while on holiday with her parents in Praia da Luz on the Algarve coast on May 3rd, 2007.
The Metropolitan Police applied for another £300,000 to continue the investigation in her disappearance into next year.
£11.75m has been spent since 2013 by Scotland Yard to find Madeleine McCann who disappeared in 2007.
The Home Office said today (June 5th, 2019), that while a final decision on figures would not be made until October, force chiefs could be reassured that a “similar” level of funding would be granted for 2019/2020 as in 2018/19, when £300,000 was given.
In a blog on its website, the Home Office said:
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.
Due to this, the next round of Special Grant funding will not be decided until October, however we have written to Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in the meantime with assurance that the Metropolitan Police Service will receive a similar level of funding for Operation Grange for 2019/20 as it did for the previous year.
– THE HOME OFFICE
Scotland Yard launched its own investigation, Operation Grange, into Madeleine’s disappearance in 2013 after a Portuguese inquiry failed to make any headway.
Around £11.75 million has been spent since then to find her.