Madeleine McCann police team given an extra £150k at the eleventh hour


by Emma Dodds |
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The Home Office have granted Operation Grange – the police investigation into Madeleine McCann – another £154,000 in funding to continue the search for her.

The funding has been granted at what some might say is the very last minute, as the £85,000 they were granted in March as due to run out at some point this month.

The money, which brings the total to over £11m spent on finding Madeleine McCann, will fund the investigation through until next March.

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A Home Office spokesperson said: "Following an application from the Metropolitan Police, the Home Office has confirmed funding for Operation Grange until the end of March 2018.

"As with all applications, the resources required are reviewed regularly and careful consideration is given before any funding is allocated."

Kate and Gerry have been in anguish since Madeleine disappeared in 2007 (Credit: Getty Images) ©Getty Images

Whilst many people will be thrilled to hear that the extra funding has been granted to bring answers to Kate and Gerry McCann, the news has not exactly gone down well with some.

Police analyst Graham Wettone appeared on This Morning earlier today to discuss the news with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford - and seemed rather critical of the extension granted to Operation Grange.

Sitting alongside Joan Lawrence, mother of Claudia Lawrence who went missing in 2009, Graham explained that he did not think it was a good idea to extend the investigation.

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The McCann family (Credit: Facebook/ Official Find Madeleine Campaign) ©Facebook/ Official Find Madeleine Campaign

He revealed that he found the police statement about a significant line of inquiry somewhat ambiguous, and would have liked a bit more detail about where the money was going.

He said: "It looks like they're just crossing the t's and dotting the i's to keep funding it.

"You don't get even a suggestion or a hint as to where that enquiry is going. You can't put a price on finding your child, but from an investigator's point of view, you have to be pragmatic and you can't just keep on chasing."

When Eamonn asked whether he thought this was the "last roll of the dice" for Operation Grange, Mr Wettone emphatically said: "No!", implying that he thought they would keep going with Operation Grange.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley has spoken about Operation Grange (Credit: Getty Images) ©Getty Images

Speaking to ITV in April, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: "I know we have a significant line of inquiry which is worth pursuing, and because it's worth pursuing it could provide an answer. But until we've gone through it, I won't know whether we are going to get there or not."

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