Another £154,000 has been given to police to continue their search for Madeleine McCann. More than £11million has so far been spent looking into the disappearance of Maddie, who vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007 at the age of three.
Funding for the investigation, known as Operation Grange, had been agreed up until the end of September. However, the extra funds were granted by the Home Office following an application by the Metropolitan Police.
A Home Office spokesman said: ‘Following an application from the Metropolitan Police, the Home Office has confirmed funding for Operation Grange until the end of March 2018.
‘As with all applications, the resources required are reviewed regularly and careful consideration is given before any funding is allocated.’
It is understood that the number of officers working on the investigation is going to remain the same.
Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann have vowed to never give up hope of finding their daughter.
Since 2011, the Met Police has been assisting with the search for clues about what happened to the toddler, with officers visiting the Portuguese resort in 2014.
In March, the Home Office granted officers £85,000 to cover ‘operational costs’ to continue with the investigation between April and September this year.