by David Collins
A SPECIAL £3.5million grant is being given to Scotland Yard to fund the Madeleine McCann inquiry.
The Home Office cash will fund a team – led by an experienced detective – which is being set up in the next few days to carry out a review of the entire investigation.
It will cover the cost of man hours, flights to Portugal, hotels, consultation fees from forensic firms and any other expenses.
There will also be a hefty cost for translation work on the thousands of documents requested from Portuguese authorities.
Files from Leicestershire Police – said by police sources to be “substantial” – will also be examined by the London team.
Leicestershire has been the UK liaison force for the McCann family and posted officers to Portugal during the hunt.
The funding comes after Kate and Gerry McCann made an impassioned appeal to David Cameron for help to find their daughter, who was three when she vanished in Portugal in 2007. The Prime Minister, who met the couple 18 months ago while in opposition, has already written to them saying he had personally authorised the review.
A police source said: “The money is ring-fenced and is an emergency grant put to one side by the Home Office.
“It will be made available to the Metropolitan Police specifically for the review of the Madeleine McCann case.”
The insider said the task was “enormous” and could take years.
The McCanns, who believe Portuguese police botched the investigation, said: “This is a step in the right direction.
“The expertise of the Metropolitan Police is renowned and we are reassured by our Government’s commitment to the search for Madeleine.”
The couple have written a book, entitled simply Madeleine, which they hope will boost funds for the police investigation further.
in The Daily Mirror, May, 14, 2011
Madeleine McCann: Scotland Yard a reçu une somme de 3,5 millions pour l'enquête. (with thanks to FrenchEuropean)
par David Collins
Une enveloppe spéciale de 3,5 millions de livres a été octroyée à Scotland Yard pour financer l'enquête sur Madeleine McCann.
L'argent du Home Office servira à financer une équipe, menée par un détective expérimenté, équipe qui sera constituée dans les prochains jours pour mener à bien une revue de toute l'enquête.
Cela couvrira le coût salarial du personnel employé, les vols au Portugal, les notes d'hôtel, les notes des firmes d'analyse d'expertise médico-légale, et toutes les autres dépenses.
Il y aura aussi une énorme somme consacrée au travail de traduction des centaines de documents qui seront demandés aux autorités portugaises.
Les dossiers de la police du Leicestershire, dits «substantiels» selon des sources policières,seront aussi examinés par l'équipe londonienne.
La police britannique du Leicestershire a servi d'intermédiaire pour la famille McCann et les officiers en poste au Portugal durant les recherches.
Cet octroi de fonds arrive à la suite d'un appel passionné fait par Kate et Gerry Mccann à David Cameron, pour qu'il les aide à retrouver leur fille, âgée de trois ans lors de sa disparition au Portugal en 2007. Le premier ministre, qui a rencontré le couple il y a 18 mois quand il était encore dans l'opposition, vient de leur écrire qu'il a donné personnellement son autorisation pour la revue de l'enquête.
Une source policière a affirmé ceci : «L'argent provient d'un fonds, gelé pour les cas d'urgence et économisé par le Home Office.
“Il sera alloué au MET spécialement pour la revue du cas de Madeleine Mccann..”
La source a nous a dit que la tâche était «énorme» et pourrait prendre des années.
Les Mccann qui pensent que la police portugaise a saboté l'enquête, ont dit : «C'est un pas dans la bonne direction.»
«Les compétences de la police métropolitaine sont renommées et nous sommes rassurés par l'engagement pris par notre gouvernement dans la recherche de Madeleine.»
Le couple a écrit un livre, intitulé simplement Madeleine, qui, espèrent-ils va fournir encore plus de fonds à l'enquête policièire.
in The Daily Mirror, May, 14, 2011
Clarence Mitchell on the 3,5 million pounds review
Broadcast by BBC, May 13 2011 | transcript with thanks to R.
Clarence Mitchell: It’s a glimmer of hope, it’s movement for the first time in many years, now, and erm, Kate and Gerry are very pleased with this. It’s exactly the sort of thing they were asking for. We still don’t know the exact terms of what the Met will be doing. The Home Office has made it quite clear that they won’t go into the operational detail and that’s entirely appropriate, but, what needs to be done is re-examination, if you like, of all the original work, of all the original forensics, everything that was done, all the witness statements, erm, and everything come in since it was shelved in 2008 Information going in from anywhere in the world to Portugal. Kate and Gerry, the private investigators have no idea whether there are any potential leads in there and it could be the smallest piece of information that you need to link to something that’s held on databases here. There is no single database looking at all this information, which is commonplace in many other cases that are unsolved in other countries. So it’s high time that this happened and Kate and Gerry are very grateful to Mr Cameron and the Home Secretary for, erm, beginning, what appears to be, the first stage of a review process.
Male Interviewer: Clarence, you mentioned private investigators. Then. they have been working consistently throughout, throughout this period of time, have they?
CM: Small teams of different investigators at different times on short contracts have worked. At the moment there is a very small team, headed up by retired British policemen.
Male Interviewer: But, they presumably, they don’t have access They have no official means of access to information or the other, or the different police departments.
CM: Exactly right, they have no formal access to any police at work on this. There, of course, is contact and they hope that, that contact improves, but, one of the great frustrations is, they wouldn’t necessarily know what was being done in Portugal and, and frankly even in Britain, at times, and so this will help coordinate and potentially unlock any key piece of information.
Female Interviewer: This review presumably requires the Portuguese police to cooperate and, and what guarantee is there of that?
CM: Well, absolutely right. This happened on Portuguese soil. It’s absolutely appropriate that they have primacy, as the lead investigative agency. Erm, they’ve always, we’ve known, had to agree to such a process starting. It was made clear yesterday that the Metropolitan officers who will be working with them will, they will co-operate, the Portuguese will work with them and we’re very grateful for that. How that will actually breakdown in practice, we, obviously need, need to see how it progresses, but, essentially without that element of co-operation, erm, this can’t go any further forward, but, so far, all the signs are that an agreement has been reached at the police level.
Female Interviewer: I mean, this is going to be a mammoth operation isn’t it, because there must be so much information, there, being held by Portuguese police, which is going to be reviewed and, you know, on a purely practical level, it’s, going to need to be translated, apart from anything else.
CM: Well, this was always one of the problems, in the, right at the start. There were lots of translations from English to Portuguese and back to English at times and sometimes mistranslations and things like that would occur and that’s what led to some of the nonsense stories, that you will recall, around that summer of 2007 to 2008. Erm, yes, lots of logistical issues around this. How, who, where, when. How’s it all gonna happen, but, the main point, as far as Kate and Gerry is concerned is that at last there is some sense of movement in the case. They were incredibly frustrated at not being told anything about timelines or what was happening, frankly, in both countries and their frustration was growing, which is why they wrote to the Prime Minister. It, sadly, it shouldn’t have got that far, but, but, it has and, erm, as I say they’re grateful to Mr Cameron for his intervention and for his very kind, and, letter expressing empathy with their position, last night.
Male Interviewer: Is there any kind of timeframe on, on…. I mean, how much time are they gonna to give to this? How many people are gonna be involved, because there is a, this is a review of what evidence there is and that will take a certain amount of time. I mean that will happen and there’ll be a fullstop at the end of that process and then, if you like, you’ll be back where you started because, well, the police may well say, at that point, we have reviewed it and we’re not doing anything else.
CM: Two quick points. First of all, yes, erm, it will take a certain amount of time. The operational side of it is entirely for the police to resolve and to, and to work through. I won’t necessarily know what will happen, but that will come good. We hope there will be good liaison with the private investigators, which is critical. Erm, will it lead to nothing? We don’t know. You say we’re back where we started. Not necessarily, we could find that one key piece of information that leads to Madeleine being found. This could, could, I stress, begin to unlock everything as Kate and Gerry have been hoping desperately for the last four years.
You’re right though, it, it’s open ended. We need to see. Everything that has been done, has to be looked at and everything, the lessons that should be learnt, need to be learnt and if there’s anything key in there that can be found, even now, so far down the line, it must be found because it could still lead to Madeleine being brought home.