Police reveal cost of Madeleine investigation

British police have revealed that they have spent nearly £750,000 looking into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

This follows on from the revelation that between 2007 and 2008 Leicestershire police spent £548,477 on their part of their search.

In February, the UK Home Office said if any local police had extra costs for “a government event”, its authority can ask for ‘special grant support’.

Some of the cost has been met by the Home office through a grant of £525,069.

Portugal’s policia judiciaria led the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine but Leicestershire police became more and more involved – and their cost increased accordingly.

Meanwhile, Kate and Gerry McCann are said to be devastated after leaflets which suggest they are responsible for their daughter’s disappearance were distributed in their hometown.

Around 10,000 copies of the publication, entitled Ten Reasons to suggest Madeleine McCann was not abducted, were posted in Rothley, Leicstershire and the surrounding area.

The leaflet states that the McCanns’ version of events that night is a ‘sheer impossibility’ and that it is more likely Madeleine died in the apartment and the parents then covered up the death.

The leaflets have been posted around the village by an organisation called The Madeleine Foundation, whose members are calling for the case of the missing girl to be reopened.

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