by David Collins, Daily Mirror 14/05/2011
Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/05/14/scotland-yard-get-3-5m-for-madeleine-inquiry-115875-23128975/#ixzz1MIHifA9p
The Home Office cash will fund a team – led by an experienced detective – which is being set up in the next few days to carry out a review of the entire investigation.
It will cover the cost of man hours, flights to Portugal, hotels, consultation fees from forensic firms and any other expenses.
There will also be a hefty cost for translation work on the thousands of documents requested from Portuguese authorities.
Files from Leicestershire Police – said by police sources to be “substantial” – will also be examined by the London team.
Leicestershire has been the UK liaison force for the McCann family and posted officers to Portugal during the hunt.
The funding comes after Kate and Gerry McCann made an impassioned appeal to David Cameron for help to find their daughter, who was three when she vanished in Portugal in 2007. The Prime Minister, who met the couple 18 months ago while in opposition, has already written to them saying he had personally authorised the review.
A police source said: “The money is ring-fenced and is an emergency grant put to one side by the Home Office.
“It will be made available to the Metropolitan Police specifically for the review of the Madeleine McCann case.”
The insider said the task was “enormous” and could take years.
The McCanns, who believe Portuguese police botched the investigation, said: “This is a step in the right direction.
“The expertise of the Metropolitan Police is renowned and we are reassured by our Government’s commitment to the search for Madeleine.”
The couple have written a book, entitled simply Madeleine, which they hope will boost funds for the police investigation further.
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There will also be a hefty cost for translation work on the thousands of documents requested from Portuguese authorities
Why?? The McCanns have said that they have spent I think £100,000 on having the files translated, why can't they use those.
We have people having their housing benefit cut. We have soldiers dying in Afghanistan, because they have shoddy equipment. The country is supposed to be adopting "austerity measures".
But somehow we have £3.5 million to spend having our police chasing wild geese.
Even leaving aside the allegations against them, the McCanns are 100% culpable of neglecting their children, leaving them by themselves in an unlocked apartment, as they both feasted with friends at the Tapas Bar. If they want the search for their daughter to continue, they can meet 100% of the cost.
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This Government must know that the FBI have a tight grip on Kevin Halligen, which once he gets on US soil, can say everything he knows about why he was paid to help the MCann's.
David Cameron has to get a grip on this now, or he could face being dropped right in it at some later point in the future.
This is why I think David Cameron pledged that sort of money. He was saying in no uncertain terms that his Government intends to get to the bottom of this. We just have to be patient.
Revenge is sweet and I think the Conservatives need to repay the gesture Labour made by having the Ashford Conservative MP arrested for nothing.
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