Madeleine McCann: the search costs £9m and counting
Madeleine McCann: a look at reporting on the missing child and Operation Grange.
The Daily Mail reports:
British police take 67 return flights to Portugal as cost of Madeleine McCann search nears £9million
Well, the train does take longer…
British police searching for missing Madeleine McCann spent £16,000 on 67 return flights to Portugal last year, helping the cost of the investigation to soar to nearly £9million.
The trips, which cost more than £1,300 per month, came as the Met Police carried out the biggest ever search undertaken by a team of British police overseas, in a bid to find clues about the young girl’s disappearance.
That’s around £240 a trip. And, in truth, that does seem high, given that they are heading to a resort airport. A £480 round-trip to the Portugal costas should surely cost less. But, then, we don’t have all the details, and shipping equipment costs extra.
In June, police flew to the Algarve to carry out forensic searches around Praia da Luz, focusing on scrubland a few hundred metres from the apartment block where Madeleine was last seen alive.
But, despite an intensive eight-day search operation involving scores of officers carrying out ground excavations, police failed to find any clues.
Let’s look at what the tabloids said about that search:
As ever the story ends with the only facts we know:
Madeleine was just three when she went missing from her family’s rented holiday apartment in the resort in May 2007, while her parents ate dinner nearby. There have been no positive sightings.
Such are the facts…