Scotland Yard CUTS number of detectives searching for Madeleine McCann
SCOTLAND Yard has cut back the number of detectives working on the Madeleine McCann case, it has emerged.
Published: Thu, November 6, 2014
The number of detectives working on the Madeleine McCann case has been cut
The Metropolitan Police now only have 23 detectives investigating the disappearance of Maddie, according to reports.
A total of six detectives – two detective sergeants and four detective constables – are believed to have been removed from Operation Grange, according to the Daily Mirror, despite intensifying enquiries in Portugal.
However, six civilian officers have been brought in, bringing the number of British staff on the case back up to 37.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “There are currently 23 police officers on the inquiry. This number can increase if required for operational matters.”
It has been claimed that investigators are currently preparing to question several new suspects.
Among them are understood to be ex-workers from the Ocean Club holiday complex in Praia Da Luz, where three-year-old Madeleine went missing in 2007.
A new list of people to be questioned has been drawn up by British police and is thought to include both British and Portuguese nationals.
It also believed that none have been questions by British detectives before.
There are currently 23 police officers on the inquiry. This number can increase if required for operational matters
Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha reported: “The majority are going to be heard as witnesses, but some will be made arguidos [suspects] before the questioning takes place.
“They are all going to be questioned formally for the first time since the public prosecutor gave the green light for the quizzes to take place.
There are around 10 people on the list, British and Portuguese nationals.
“Among the new Scotland Yard suspects are ex-Ocean Club workers and Praia da Luz residents.
“They’re people the British investigators suspect were involved in Madeleine’s disappearance.”
The Met Police case has so far cost £7.3million and lasted for three-and-a-half years.