THE British police hunt for Madeleine McCann will cost more than
£1.3million in its first year.
Scotland Yard’s 37-strong team includes three detective inspectors and
five detective sergeants.
There are also 19 detective constables on the case under the lead of
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood.
And three of the country’s top cold case officers have been brought in.
The three, from the Metropolitan Police’s Murder Review Group, are
assisting the main Operation Grange team reviewing the Madeleine case
The combined salaries of the team total more than £1.3million with
thousands also being spent following up leads, including at least four
The Met has vowed there will be no limits to the probe, which is being
funded through a grant from the Home Office.
Already this year the cold case squad has seen Gary Dobson, 36, and
David Norris, 35, brought to justice over the 1993 murder of black
teenager Stephen Lawrence.
Investigation Team is assigned to Operation Grange. Staff
numbers are open to change depending on the needs of the
A spokesman for the Met
Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell, who led the Jill Dando
murder inquiry, is also involved.
The Met refused to say if he was one of the three taking part in the
Madeleine case but, we can reveal, he is helping oversee the probe.
Along with Commander Simon Foy, Mr Redwood and Detective Inspector Tim
Dobson, Mr Campbell is part of a “Gold Group” monitoring the review.The
group has met eight times since it began last May to discuss progress.
A spokesman for the Met said: “A Major Investigation Team is assigned
to Operation Grange. Staff numbers are open to change depending on the
needs of the review.”
Three-year-old Madeleine was on holiday with her parents Kate and Gerry,
both 43, when she was snatched from their holiday apartment in Praia da
Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.
At Christmas the McCanns said they remain hopeful of a breakthrough,
adding: “Our search for Madeleine and the Metropolitan Police review of
the case are progressing well.”
Around £2.5million raised through a fund set up by the McCanns, from
Rothley, Leics, has been spent on the hunt for the youngster.