Doubts are cast on whether Madeleine McCann probe will continue after Mother's Day

Mail Online | 4/1/2019 | Brendan Mcfadden For Mailonline
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Kate McCann is spending her 12th Mother's Day without missing daughter Madeleine as doubt is cast on whether police investigation to find the youngster will continue after today.

The heartbroken mother, who is today expected to be attending a special church service with husband Gerry and their twins, 'has no idea' whether £12m probe, Operation Grange will be shelved.

October - £150 - Home - Office - Funding

Last October £150,000 Home Office funding was given to the operation to allow its four detectives to work on the investigation until today, the end of the tax year.

The Metropolitan Police is thought to have applied for a further £300,000 funding to keep the investigation running until March 2020 - but no decision has been made on whether it will be awarded.

Home - Office - Request - Funding - Operation

The Home Office confirmed it had received a request to extend funding for Operation Grange and was in talks with the Met.

A Home Office spokesperson told The Sun Online: 'We have received and are considering a request from the Metropolitan Police Service to extend funding for Operation Grange until the end of March 2020.

Home - Office - Dialogue - MPS - Funding

'The Home Office maintains an ongoing dialogue with the MPS regarding funding for Operation Grange.'

He said the cost of Operation Grange has been met through Special Grant funding.

Funding - Forces - Costs

He added: 'That funding is usually available to police forces when they face significant or exceptional costs.'

Madeleine was three when she vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve as her parents, Gerry and Kate, dined with friends at a nearby restaurant.

Police - Investigation - Scotland - Yard - Inquiry

Portuguese police shelved their investigation in 2008 but Scotland Yard launched its own inquiry in 2011.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said 'the work on Operation Grange in ongoing' adding: 'It is a very high profile investigation' and closing it would be a 'massive decision'.

Reason

He said 'It is being kept open for a reason because...
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