The review of the evidence on Madeleine McCann's disappearance has been
branded a waste of money by a member of the Metropolitan Police
Met Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson announced this week that his
officers would undertake an evaluation of the case, following a request
by home secretary Theresa May.
Kate and Gerry McCann are still searching for Madeleine (PA)
member Jenny Jones has now questioned the wisdom of that decision at a
time when funds are short.
told the Mail on Sunday: 'The police should not take this case up in
this way. It is ludicrous.
could take years and will cost millions. It is very unusual for police
to step in like this and it is not an appropriate use of police
Jones also questioned David Cameron's role in events after he urged the
Met to look at evidence gathered by the Portuguese police, following the
publication of an open letter from Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry
McCann, in the Sun.
members of the House of Lords had already questioned whether it was
simply a public relations exercise.
Jones asked: 'Although it is tragic and I feel for the McCanns, how can
the prime minister justify spending millions of pounds on one case?'
Madeleine was just three when she vanished during a family holiday on
the Algarve in 2007 and her parents marked her eighth birthday this week
by renewing their calls for government assistance in the search.