Madeleine McCann: another £2m earmarked for 6 more months of searching
Madeleine McCann is back on the news. The Sun reports “£2m boost for cops in hunt for Maddie”.
Why not offer that money as a reward and wait? After all, in years of looking for clues, the police have come up with zilch. Of course the News of The World offered €2.5m as a reward years ago. That paper shut down. The Sun on Sunday, its replacement, has yet to issue the same offer.
The story continues:
BRITISH cops have been granted an extra £2million to go searching for missing Madeleine McCann for another six months.
And then what?
More than £10million has already been spent on the hunt for the toddler who disappeared from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in 2007.
As ever all we get to do is look at the parents:
Her parents Kate and Gerry were last night said to be “extremely grateful” for the Home Office cash.
What else do we know:
But former GP Kate and heart doctor Gerry, both 47, have been preparing for the probe to be shelved.
Why are their jobs always mentioned?
They have put thousands of pounds into a fund for when it ends.
Sure. But if £2m lasts six months, mere thousands won’t go far. you need to spend the money wisely. Here’s the McCanns’ spokesman to explain:
“Kate and Gerry remain extremely grateful to the police. They are pleased that funding is in place. They know the investigation cannot go on for ever.”
It’s the story we want to end.
The BBC adds:
Home Office minister Lord Bates said the total cost to the end of June was £10.1 million, with another £2 million budgeted for the next year… Lord Bates disclosed the full cost of the investigation in an answer to a written parliamentary question from Lord Black of Brentwood.
“The total cost of the investigation in to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann (Operation Grange), up until end of June 2015, is £10.1m. The Home Office has budgeted £2m for the investigation in 2015/16. The Home Office funds this work from the special grant budget. The level of funding provided to the Metropolitan Police in relation to this investigation is reviewed regularly and will continue to be monitored.”
Such are the facts.