Cost of Madeleine McCann inquiry set to reach £10 million- The Telegraph 28/11/14

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Cost of Madeleine McCann inquiry set to reach £10 million- The Telegraph 28/11/14

Post  candyfloss on Sat 29 Nov 2014, 8:37 am

Cost of Madeleine McCann inquiry set to reach £10 million


New figures reveal full cost of new Scotland Yard inquiry into girl's disappearance in Portugal seven years ago



By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent

6:08PM GMT 28 Nov 2014



The cost of the Scotland Yard inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is expected to reach £10 million by early next year, according to new figures.

A Home Office spokesman confirmed that Operation Grange - the Metropolitan Police's inquiry - received a special £2.6 million grant for 2013-14, bringing the total amount of money invested to £7.3 million.

Sums for the current financial year are "broadly in line" with previous spending, the spokesman added, meaning the full cost is likely to reach just under £10 million by the end of March.

Not included in the total is the sum of £750,000 which was earlier paid to Leicestershire police in connection with the disappearance of the child, then aged three, from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.

The Scotland Yard operation has led to police searches of three sites in the Algarve resort and interviews with several people, including two potential suspects.

Detectives are believed to be carrying out a page-by-page review of evidence in an attempt to throw light on new leads, in the hope that a breakthrough is still possible.
In figures covering 2013-14, Operation Grange cost £1.7 million in police officer wages, £505,000 in civilian pay, £210,000 in overtime and just over £200,000 in transport, supplies and other costs.
Last year the BBC’s Crimewatch programme generated hundreds of calls from the public when it broadcast two fresh e-fit images of a man they wanted to question in connection with Madeleine’s disappearance.
In April Scotland Yard revealed it was also investigating whether the abduction could have had something to do with a spate of sex attacks carried out against youngsters across the Algarve prior to Madeleine’s disappearance.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11261842/Cost-of-Madeleine-McCann-inquiry-set-to-reach-10-million.html

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