Met Police review of Madeleine McCann abduction will have cost taxpayer £2m in a year
- 30 murder squad detectives working on review ordered by David Cameron last May
- Probe could take YEARS to complete, senior figures have said
Missing: Madeleine McCann vanished from the holiday apartment she was staying in almost five years ago
The team of 30 murder squad detectives has racked up a significant bill since Prime Minister David Cameron called in the force last May.
They have made at least four trips to Portugal and Spain to gather evidence, including a file of leads from private investigators.
The Metropolitan Police has already sent the Home Office a bill for £800,000 but the figure is expected to rise to £1.9million by the end of next month.
The cost includes the salaries of the detectives, translation and interpretation fees, travel expenses and office staff.
Senior figures warned the inquiry, called Operation Grange, could take years to complete and played down any hopes of a significant breakthrough.
When the review was announced it sparked a row over the use of public funds as the Government was accused of interfering with police operations.
Labour peer Lord Harris has said the case raises ‘very big questions’, adding: ‘There is clearly an issue about the resources being used.’
Pain: Kate and Gerry McCann mark the fourth anniversary of the disapparance of their daughter last year. As the book was released, David Cameron ordered Scotland Yard to review all the evidence in the case
Madeleine disappeared from her parents’ holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve in Portugal on May 3 2007.
She vanished days before her fourth birthday as her parents dined with friends just a few short distance away.
Since then the case has become one of the most infamous crime mysteries in modern history with hundreds of ‘sightings’ of Madeleine worldwide.
Snatching: The apartment Madeleine McCann was snatched from in Praia de Luz, Portugal, in May 2007, while her parents were at dinner nearby - and coming back regularly to check on their children
Holiday apartment: Portuguese police search the apartment that Madeleine McCann vanished from
They have also had reams of paperwork, including statements, police reports and forensic documents, translated.
In December detectives met Spanish colleagues in Barcelona to check on reports that the toddler had been abducted and smuggled across the border.
Private investigators in Spain also handed the Met police team 30 boxes of evidence which they claimed contained up to eight ‘important new leads’.
A spokesman for the McCanns said: ‘They have always been very appreciative of the time and resources that the British police and Home Office have committed to the search for Madeleine and they are grateful that the review is on-going.’
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