Madeleine McCann: Government give £100k to fund search until April

Kate and Gerry have been given fresh hope to find their daughter

Madeleine McCann

by Francesca Battson |
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The police hunt for Madeleine McCann was due to end next month after the search was given an extra £95,000 in funding in April.

And now a request for more money in the search for Maddie has been signed off, allowing the police hunt to continue until the Spring.

A spokesman for the Home Office said: “The resources required will be reviewed again at this point.”

More than £4.2m has been donated to Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Ltd since its launch just 12 days after Maddie disappeared in May 2007.

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Madeleine McCann's parents Kate and Gerry hold up an aged image of their daughter
Madeleine McCann's parents Kate and Gerry hold up an aged image of their daughter

The new government funding will apparently come as a relief to Kate and Gerry, who have used almost all of the money, according to the Daily Star.

A source told them that as little as £480,000 is left and the McCanns now face paying £434,000 to ex-Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral’s lawyers after losing their libel action against him.

Earlier in the year, Kate and Gerry filed a new legal bid to silence Amaral, who published a book about Maddie’s case, saying that he believes Maddie’s parents covered up her death.

And in August the couple axed their spokesman Clarence Mitchell to cut costs.

Responding to his axing, Mitchell told the Mirror: “It makes perfect sense for Kate and Gerry to keep careful consideration over all their costs.

“I will continue to help them as circumstances require.”

Madeleine McCann was just three when she disappeared while on holiday in the Algarve village of Praia Da Luz, Portugal, on the evening of May 3 2007.

She was abducted from her bed in the ground floor apartment she was staying in, while her parents Kate and Gerry were eating in a nearby tapas restaurant, checking regularly on her and her younger twin siblings.

We will bring you more on this story as it happens.


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