Scotland Yard ask for extra cash to keep hunt for Madeleine McCann going for one more year

Scotland Yard has asked that the Home Office provide another year of funding in the hunt for Madeleine McCann, according to Sky News.

The Home Office received the official request from detectives investigating the disappearance of the missing girl today as funding begins to run out.

More than £11million has far been spent on trying to find Madeleine who went missing in Portugal on May 3, 2007.

It is hoped the extra funding will bring new hope in finding Madeleine.

In December, the Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick had reportedly backed the long-running Operation Grange, which has so far cost some £11.75million, and defended the ongoing search for the British girl.

A month earlier, the probe into the missing girl’s disappearance had also been granted £150,000 more funding by the Home Office.

In a blog last year the Home Office had 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.’

So far more than £11million has been spent on the search for Madeleine, who disappeared more in 2007 as she slept in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

Following a request by Home Secretary at the time Theresa May, the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine was launched in May 2011 and some 600 ‘persons of interest’ were examined.

During the investigations officers also translated 40,000 documents produced by Portuguese police.

However in 2015 the British investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine were scaled down from a team of 29 officers to just four.

At the time Scotland Yard had insisted that they would be continuing the search but with a ‘smaller team’.