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After 7 years - the cost of looking for Madeleine has risen to £22,878,477

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After 7 years - the cost of looking for Madeleine has risen to £22,878,477

Post by Tony Bennett on 27.04.14 23:51

This is my second updating of a previous post about the cost of the search for a missing child:

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How much has the search for Madeleine cost so far? It began at 10.00pm on Thursday 3 May 2007 when the McCanns said that Madeleine had been abducted.

Here is a rough calculation of the total costs so far, accompanied by a few notes:

£548,477 (unchanged) - The cost for Leicestershire Police's part in the search in 2007-8 was £548, 477, of which the Home Office refunded £525,069.

£4 million (unchanged) - A conservative estimate of the cost to the Portuguese Police of their investigation, just in 2007-8.

£3.3 million (up £0.3 million since last time) - A conservative estimate of the costs of the McCanns’ private investigations and their reputation management so far, made up as follows:
• At least £300,000, maybe more, to Metodo 3
• £½ million plus expenses to Kevin Halligen
• Salaries and expenses to Dave Edgar, Arthur Cowley and assorted other detectives, plus trips to Germany (Hewlett), Barcelona (Victoria Beckham-lookalike) and various other trips
• Salaries of Justine McGuinness and Clarence Mitchell plus expenses: £425,000 so far

£2.2 million (up £0.2 million since last time) - the estimated cost to Interpol and an assortment of police forces around the globe, who have had to deal with hundreds, possibly thousands of ‘sightings’ of Madeleine, in countries such as the U.K., Germany, France, Portugal, Morocco, Spain, Canada, Venezuela, Australia and New Zealand.
The estimate is based on say 1,100 ‘sightings’ requiring an average of say £2,000 of police time to investigate each sighting

£8.0 million (up £4.5 million since last time) - for the current Scotland Yard ‘Review’. The review is said to be staffed by 37 officers. If their average salary is say £40,000, and they work on the review for say at least a year, that would
cost around £2 million alone (including e.g. pension and employer’s N.I. contributions), and that doesn’t include the cost of e.g. hotels and travel for visits to Portugal and Spain

£4.43 million
(up £0.25 million since last time, mainly due to the continuing libel action in Portugal and other libel actions) [see other thread: Compendium of lawyers used by the McCanns] - for lawyer’s fees: Edward Smethurst (co-ordinating lawyer), Carter-Ruck (suing Dr Goncalo Amral and others), Michael Caplan Q.C. (extradition), Portuguese lawyers including extradition lawyers and Isabel Duarte, International Family Law Group (wardship proceedings before Ms Justice Hogg in the High Court)

£200,000 (say) (previously an unknown amount)  - for the current Portuguese investigation begun in Oporto.

£200,000 (say) (new) Costs of UK and Portuguese ministerial, legal and administrative work on the Madeleine McCann case


An unknown amount - for answering various Freedom of Information Act queries from press and public about the case.

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