Britain's top policeman
faced accusations that Madeleine McCann's disappearance was being given
"unfair" attention at Scotland Yard.
Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson denied claims that reviewing the
investigation into what has happened to the missing girl from Rothley
could come at the cost of other inquiries.
At a meeting of the
Metropolitan Police Authority yesterday morning, London Assembly member
Jenny Jones confronted him over the review and asked why the McCann case
He replied: "I do not take
He pointed out similar
reviews into the Soham murders and the Jersey child abuse scandal.
Sir Paul said additional
funds from the Home Office to support examinations could help save jobs
in the force's homicide division.
He confirmed the government
would reimburse the Met on a quarterly basis as the review into
Madeleine's disappearance goes on.
Sir Paul added: "It is not
an open cheque and it is not going to go on forever."
Speaking after the meeting,
Ms Jones 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."
Critics claim the decision
to bring in Met detectives to review the evidence has undermined the
force's independence and diverted resources from other crime victims.
Met Police officers have
not yet travelled to Portugal but are in talks with Portuguese