Scotland Yard has requested that the Home Office provide another year of funding in the hunt for Madeleine McCann, Sky News has reported.
The Metropolitan Police have asked for the extra money as funding for the young girl’s search begins to run out.
In December the Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick had reportedly backed the long-running Operation Grange, which has so far cost some £11.75million, and defended the ongoing search for the British girl.
A month earlier, the probe into the missing girl’s disappearance had also been granted £150,000 more funding by the Home Office.
In a blog last year the Home Office had said: ‘We have received and are considering a request from the Metropolitan Police Service to extend funding for Operation Grange until the end of March 2019.
Scotland Yard has requested that the Home Office provide another year of funding in the hunt for Madeleine McCann, Sky News has said
‘The Home Office maintains an ongoing dialogue with the MPS regarding.’
So far more than £11million has been spent on the search for Madeleine, who disappeared more in 2007 as she slept in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
Following a request by Home Secretary at the time Theresa May, the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine was launched in May 2011 and some 600 ‘persons of interest’ were examined.
During the investigations officers also translated 40,000 documents produced by Portuguese police.
However in 2015 the British investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine were scaled down from a team of 29 officers to just four.
At the time Scotland Yard had insisted that they would be continuing the search but with a ‘smaller team’.
The Home Office will now have to decide whether to fund another year of investigations into the hunt for Madeleine, who disappeared more than 11 years ago as she slept in a holiday apartment in Portugal. Pictured: Parents Kate and Gerry McCann