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The Home Office has approved a funding request of £349,328 from the Met Police to cover the 2021-22 financial year. The inquiry into Madeleine’s disappearance, known as Operation Grange, has received £12.5million in public funds since it was launched in 2011.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The Government has provided up to £350,000 for Operation Grange in 2021-22.

“In line with our Special Grant processes, funding for Operation Grange is approved on an annual basis.

“Ministers have approved a request for £349,328 of funding for this financial year.”

Madeleine was just three years old when she vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.

Last year, German police identified 43-year-old prisoner Christian B as a suspect.

But, prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said the evidence was not strong enough to charge him.

Christian B has always denied any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance.

Scotland Yard continues to treat Operation Grange as a missing person inquiry.

Speaking in May, Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, said the search will continue until there is “nothing left to do”.

The Met Chief also told LBC there is “not a funding issue” with Operation Grange.

She said: “We are working closely with Portuguese authorities and the German authorities, and we will continue until there is nothing left to do.”

Ms Dick added: “There is not a funding issue.

“So far (we have) received support every time we have felt there was a line of inquiry to pursue.”

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Kate and Gerry thanked police officers for their continued efforts and vowed to never lose hope of finding their daughter.

They added: “We hang on to the hope, however small, that we will see Madeleine again.

“As we have said repeatedly, we need to know what has happened to our lovely daughter, no matter what.

“We are very grateful to the police for their continued efforts.”

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