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Police seek more cash in Madeleine McCann search



Police have applied for more funding to continue the search for Madeleine McCann.

The Home Office has confirmed it is considering the application, which follows speculation over the future of the investigation after it emerged that funding would run out at the end of September.

In a blog on Wednesday, the Home Office said: “We have received and are considering a request from the Metropolitan Police Service to extend funding for Operation Grange until the end of March 2019.

“The Home Office maintains an ongoing dialogue with the MPS regarding funding for Operation Grange.”

Madeleine was three when she disappeared during a holiday with her family in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007.

In 2013, with the Portuguese police appearing to have made little progress, the Met began its own investigation – Operation Grange.

The hunt for Madeleine continues
Madeleine was three when she disappeared

In March this year, police were given a further £150,000 to continue the investigation and this money was due to run out at the end of September.

In May Madeleine’s parents marked the 11th anniversary of her disappearance and thanked the public for their continued support.

Kate and Gerry McCann said they would persevere in their mission to find their missing daughter.

Kate and Gerry McCann say they still have hope
Kate and Gerry McCann say they still have hope

A Facebook post written on behalf of Mr and Mrs McCann, said: “It gets harder to know what to say or write as each anniversary of Madeleine’s abduction approaches then passes.

“Life is full and busy which helps but Madeleine is still missing and she is still dearly missed.

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“Information continues to come in (incredible as it may seem after so long, although we are grateful for that) and work goes on. Perseverance and hope remain.”

Operation Grange has cost £11.6m so far

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