Hi All. Like many of you I have followed this granted extra “Review” of the Madeleine McCann case by New Scotland Yard since day one and I TRULY WONDER how this second “investigation” can possibly have already cost £ 800,000! – or as the article below states, is ‘set to’ reach about £2 Millions by the end of 2012 or so. When this ‘review’ started, it was supposed to cost £ 3.5 millions altogether, but nearly one year has passed and, astonishly despite so many elements to pick and choose from, doesn’t it seem that very little has been achieved? No new track has been mentioned – even if nobody expects NSY to give details, surely if they were on something they would have simply mentioned it, I presume- and all it’s been so far is a few visits to Portugal – and one to Spain to collect boxes of “documents” from Metodo 3 – something that surely could have been arranged by European courrier, as a friend of the blog has cleverly observed.
30 Officers… Wow this makes a lot of staff for one case review, doesn’t it? Even I’d say, too many. Surely the best 10 of them would suffice – and I am sure they don’t always need to travel all at once. 30 officers… this implies coordinators and even sub-coordinators… In terms of education it’s like a classroom of 30 to manage… Are these all really needed?! I frankly doubt it. Even though it was the case, well, think about it: these 30 officers, don’t they permanently work for the NSY? I guess so! It’s evident to me, these 30 ones have NOT been recruited specially to work on the McCann case! They simply work THERE anyway. They must be on a permanent job, for I really can’t see a high place like Scotland Yard hiring temps with salary negotiable upon experience! LOL.
So logically, working on this case or another anyway SHOULD cost the British government the SAME amount as any other investigation- and be included in the general budget- and does this standard procedure always cost about 2 MILLIONS per 18 months? Ah ah ah, I really don’t think so. NSY seems, imt [= in my thoughts], to have seen the ££$$ rolling in from far away and TAILORED their rates according to the case – it’s ‘mccanns’, hence it must need ‘special attention’…/ the way I see it anyway! Fooke. McCann seems to always equal BIG MONEY. And it’s rather strange, isn’t it? Why?
Where can we see a break down in financial accounts for TWO MILLIONS POUNDS STERLING? And how is the rest of the money planned to get spent? I would really love to know!
“Met bill for Maddy soars to £2million
Justin Davenport, Crime Editor
The cost of the Met’s review of the Madeleine McCann investigation is set to reach nearly £2 million a year after it was launched, the Evening Standard reveals today.
The bill for 30 detectives, translation and travel expenses has soared since David Cameron called in Scotland Yard last May.
Detectives from the homicide squad were asked to examine the case of the missing three-year-old after the Prime Minister acted on the request of Madeleine’s parents. A spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann said: “They have always been very appreciative of the time and resources that the British police and Home Office have committed to the search for Madeleine and they are grateful that the review is ongoing.”
Met detectives have made at least four trips to Portugal and Spain to meet police and private investigators who were engaged in the original investigation.
When the review was announced it sparked controversy over the use of public funds. Labour peer Lord Harris has said the case raises “very big questions”, adding: “There is clearly an issue about the resources being used.”
The cost is disclosed in a document to the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. Sources say the Met has already sent the Home Office a bill for £800,000 but the figure is expected to reach £1.9 million by the end of the financial year next month.
The bill includes the costs of the detectives’ salaries, translation and interpretation fees and travel expenses. Madeleine disappeared from her parents’ holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve in Portugal on May 3 2007.
She vanished days before her fourth birthday as her parents dined with friends yards away. Since then there have been hundreds of “sightings” of Madeleine around the world but none confirmed.
The official police inquiry into her disappearance was shelved in July 2008 but private detectives employed by the McCanns continued the search.
Scotland Yard says the trips to Portugal, and now Spain, are part of “laying the groundwork” for future co-operation between the police forces. Officers are examining all the evidence connected to the case, including material gathered by private investigators.
Detectives have spent months reading a huge file of case material that had to be translated from Portuguese to English at a considerable cost. In December detectives met Spanish colleagues in Barcelona to check on reports that the toddler had been abducted and smuggled across the border
Private investigators in Spain also handed the Met police team 30 boxes of evidence which they claimed contained up to eight “important new leads”.
However, sources say the inquiry could take years to complete and they have played down hopes of a major breakthrough in the review so far.
The cost of the inquiry compares with the £80 million spent on the policing operations to tackle and investigate the summer riots.”
Note. About the final remark, I really wonder what the McCann case has to do with summer riots! Is it even normal that the tax payers in Britain should pay anything at all after the investigation was already done? The case is “CLOSED”, only a trial could re open it – so why waste more money on it, when the McCanns and cohort SHOULD be tried?!