New hope for Madeleine McCann’s parents

The parents of Madeleine McCann have been given fresh hope in the search for their daughter thanks to a £154,000 funding boost from the government.

More than £11 million has been spent on the ten-year long hunt for Madeleine, but it was set to come to an end this week after the Metropolitan Police admitted the investigation had run out of money.

The Home Office has today announced it will plough some £154,000 to keep the search going for another six months.

A spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann added: ‘They are very encouraged that there remains work to be done that requires this extra budget.’

The Home Office announced it was ploughing more money into Operation Grange, the official investigation, at the request of Met Police.

The McCann’s had feared the inquiry could have been shelved on Saturday.

Three-year-old Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz in May 2007.

She had been left alone sleeping with her younger twin siblings while her parents were dining in a nearby tapas restaurant.