Police investigation into disappearance of Madeleine McCann has cost £8million since child vanished without a trace from Portuguese holiday apartment in 2007
- Leicestershire Police given almost £1million in grants from Home Office
- In 2011 investigation was handed over to Metropolitan Police detectives
- David Cameron set a provisional budget for £5million for the investigation
- Operation Grange has cost around £2million every year for three years
- Home Office said 2014 expenditure likely to be ‘broadly in line’ with past
An investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has cost almost £8million since the child went missing in Portugal in 2007, new figures have revealed.
Metropolitan Police has spent nearly £5million paying police officers involved in Operation Grange, the special investigation unit set up in 2011 by David Cameron.
More than £100,000 has been spent on the transport of British authorities to and from Portugal where Madeleine was taken from her bed in the holiday resort of Praia de Luz.
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The hunt for missing Madeleine McCann has cost police almost £8million since the child disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007
Madeleine was just three when she vanished from her family’s holiday apartment while her parents ate dinner nearby.
Kate and Gerry McCann have fought a tireless campaign to find their missing daughter since, regularly appealing to police to keep the investigation into her disappearance active.
Figures revealed via a Freedom of Information request showed the full cost of the investigation to date.
Months after the three-year-old vanished, Leicestershire Constabulary was awarded two grants by the Home Office to help fund their efforts.
In 2008 they received £525,000 and were awarded a further £221,000 the following year before the case was handed over to Metropolitan Police.
David Cameron set out a budget of £5million upon the establishment of Operation Grange in 2011. In its first year, the unit cost close to £2million, with the vast majority of expenses attributed to police officer and staff pay.
Between 2012 and 2013, the most expensive leg of the investigation to date, £2.7million was spent on transport, salaries, overtime and premises cost.
British police search shrubs in Portugal with the help of local authorities in June this year. The Metropolitan Police investigation has cost around £2million every year since being launched
The search for missing Madeleine was reviewed in 2011 and relaunched by the Metropolitan Police
While the Metropolitan Police expenditure was revealed as around £8million, the cost of cooperation from the Portuguese authorities or their independent enquiries is not known
The McCanns enlisted the help of a small team of investigators including former detective Dave Edgar (right)
Kate and Gerry McCann have fought a tireless campaign to keep the investigation into their daughter’s disappearance active. They are pictured at a press conference in Germany a year after she vanished
While figures for 2013 and 2014 has not yet been finalised, the Home Office said it expected them ‘to be broadly in line with previous years’.
The McCanns also enlisted the services of a small team of private investigators to help with the search.
This week the couple said they would welcome an underwater search of a lake near the holiday complex from which she disappeared.
Officers are not thought to have carried out a full search of the man-made Barragem da Bravura reservoir, despite reports of a rain-sodden letter appearing on the first anniversary of her disappearance which claimed the child’s body had been hidden there.
Portuguese police are eager to speak to a number of suspects including a British ex-pat living in Praia de Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance, a Portuguese newspaper claimed.
Robert Murat said he would be happy to cooperate with authorities investigating her disappearance, despite already being interviewed in relation to the case.
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