Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have made a fresh appeal for more money to continue their work, it has been reported.
The Metropolitan Police continue to treat Madeleine’s disappearance as a missing persons inquiry, using Operation Grange to investigate the case which has gripped the nation since 2007.
More than £12.5 million of taxpayers money has already been spent on the operation to track Madeleine down.
The toddler was three when she vanished from her holiday apartment in Praia Da Luz in Portugal where her family were staying in 2007.
The Home Office is expected to agree for another £350,000 to be handed over to the operation, The Sun reports.
The Home Office told the paper: “Any requests for funding will be considered as usual in line with our Special Grant process.”
German investigators currently have a prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance – convicted sex offender Christian Brueckner.
They believe he abducted and murdered Madeleine.
Brueckner is set to be charged with the 2004 rape of an Irish tour rep who was working in the area at that time, the Sun reported last week.
Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry, who live in Rothley, in Leicestershire, said they would never give up on finding their daughter as they marked her 18th birthday this week.