Madeleine cash running out

Gerry McCann has said the cash in the Find Madeleine Fund is running out and “won’t last anything like a year”.

He made his comment as he and wife Kate launched a petition calling for a full review of the case by the UK and Portugal.

Madeleine was three when she went missing from Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

The Portuguese police investigation was supported by British officers but the inquiry was formally closed in July 2008.

In an open letter launching the petition, the couple ask why they still do not have access to all the information gathered by Portuguese police, and say it was “incredible” there has been no formal review of the inquiry.

They stressed they had not given up on Madeleine being found alive and cited the case of Jaycee Dugard being found in California, 18 years after she was kidnapped.

“When a young child has been taken, there’s more chance they have been taken to be kept and there’s absolutely no evidence Madeleine has been seriously harmed and without that we’ve got to believe we can still find her,” said Gerry McCann.

A Home Office spokesman said: “The government wants to ensure that everything feasible is being done to progress the search for Madeleine. The British authorities will maintain a dialogue with the Portuguese and continue to liaise with Madeleine’s family on any developments.”