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Police to be given more funding for Madeleine McCann search

Undated family handout file photo of Madeleine McCann, as detectives investigating the disappearance of the child will be given more funding for the search. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 27, 2018. The Home Office has confirmed that the application from the Metropolitan Police for more money to fund Operation Grange - the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine - will be granted. See PA story POLICE Portugal. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann will be given more funding for the search.

The Home Office has confirmed that the application from the Metropolitan Police for more money to fund Operation Grange - the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine - will be granted.

A spokesman said: "The Government remains committed to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann."

"We have briefed the MPS that its application for Special Grant funding for Operation Grange will be granted."

Government funding for the investigation has been agreed every six months, with £154,000 being granted from October last year until the end of March.

It is thought the latest round of funding will be as much as £150,000, the Daily Mail reported.

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell told the paper that Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann were "incredibly grateful" to the Home Office for granting the money request.

He said: "They are very encouraged that the Met Police still believe there is work left to be done and they are incredibly grateful to the Home Office for providing an extra budget for the investigation."

More than £11 million has been spent so far on the probe to find the missing girl, who vanished from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007, aged three.

Mr and Mrs McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have vowed never to give up hope of finding their daughter.

In 2011 the Met Police launched its own investigation into what had happened to the child.