More funding for Madeleine search requested

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have requested more money from the Home Office, Sky News has learned.

Funding for the Scotland Yard investigation is due to run out at the end of March, Sky’s Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said.

But officers have now asked that extra cash be provided to keep it going until the end of September, he added.

Scotland Yard is “keen to continue its investigation”, Martin Brunt said.

“The situation at the moment,” he said, “is that there is Home Office funding to keep Scotland Yard’s part of the joint investigation with the Portuguese going until the end of March.

“But Scotland Yard has asked for more money.”

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It is not known how much money is being requested, and Martin Brunt said it “may be some time” before Home Office ministers make a decision.

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