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Madeleine McCann: Police Bills And Kids With Yellow Balloons

by | 26th, May 2011

MADELEINE McCann : Is it unfair that British police are now investigating the disappearance of the innocent child?

The Lancashire Telegraph reports:

Britain’s top policeman, Lancashire-born Paul Stephenson, has faced accusations that the Madeleine McCann case was getting “unfair” and “special” attention at Scotland Yard.

Is it? It was getting lots of heat in the media before the Kate McCann book came out, but is there much going on away from the headlines?

The commissioner, appearing before members of the Metropolitan Police Authority, said additional funds from the Home Office to support examinations could help save jobs in the force’s homicide division.

Sir Paul was confronted over the review by London Assembly member Jenny Jones.

Speaking at City Hall, she said she sympathised with the McCann family but asked him: “Why is this a special case?”

Sir Paul replied: “I do not take your point.”


The police chief said he “jealously guarded” his operational independence as he pointed to similar reviews which took place in the wake of the Soham murders and Jersey child abuse scandal.

The Government will reimburse the Met on a quarterly basis as the review goes on, he said.

“It is not an open cheque and it is not going to go on forever,” he added.

No? What time limit is on this investigation, then? Or is the cop just confident of getting a result?

Speaking later, Ms Jones, of the Green Party, said she was angered by the commissioner’s response to her question.

She said: “I am just not convinced by the commissioner saying that he has extra resources that he can move around so that other victims will not have unfairly lost justice as a result.”

Surely the thing to do is approach the case

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