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Police granted £85,000 to extend Madeleine McCann investigation for six months

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have been granted £85,000 to continue their search.

The investigation has been extended for a further six months after the Home Office approved the extra funding, meaning it will continue until September this year.

The thousands of pounds spent on the probe, known as Operation Grange, will cover ‘operational costs’, bringing the total spent on the investigation to £11.1million.

Three-year-old Madeleine disappeared from her family’s holiday villa in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007 while her parents Kate and Gerry McCann had dinner with friends nearby.

Madeleine McCann's parents Kate and Gerry hold up an aged image of their daughter

The couple from Rothley, Leicestershire, vowed to “never give up” hope of finding their daughter.

A Home Office spokeswoman said, "Following an application from the Metropolitan Police for Special Grant funding, the Home Office has confirmed £85,000 in operational costs for Operation Grange for the period 1 April until September 2017.

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"As with all applications, the resources required are reviewed regularly and careful consideration is given before any new funding is allocated."

The Metropolitan Police have been assisting in the search for the missing child since 2011 and while they’re yet to uncover the mystery, the Sunday Express reported that police are hoping to speak to one person who was in the area that she went missing.

The newspaper claimed there has been an international search to find the person.

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