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Madeleine McCann’s parents saved nearly £1m for search if cops call off probe

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Madeleine McCann's parents have saved nearly £1million in a fund to help find their daughter in case police call off their probe.

Kate and Gerry McCann have £970,767 – an increase of nearly £40,000 in the past financial year – according to latest accounts filed with Companies House.

The vast sum is made up of donations from celebrities and the public, plus royalties from Kate's best-selling book about the case.

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The Metropolitan Police has applied to Home Office for more cash to keep its Operation Grange probe into Madeleine's 2007 disappearance running.

But the 12-year investigation has already received £13million of taxpayers' cash without cracking the case.

If the Home Office rejects the police bid for further funds the McCanns are likely to recruit their own private investigators to continue the search.

Wednesday (May 3) is the 16th anniversary of then-three-year-old Madeleine's disappearance from her parents' rented holiday apartment in the Praia da Luz, Portugal.

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Kate and Gerry, both 54, are expected to join well-wishers for an outdoor prayer gathering in their home village of Rothley, Leics.

Newly-released figures show that the not-for-profit Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned company boasts £970, 767 in its coffers.

A Home Office spokesman said: "We have received an application from the Metropolitan Police Service for the funding of Operation Grange for the 2023/24 financial year.

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"It will be considered, as usual, in line with our Special Grant process which is approved on an annual basis."

Jailed paedophile Christian Brueckner, 45, was sensationally named as Madeleine's alleged kidnapper by German police in June 2020.

Prosecutors said they were convinced the youngster – who would now be 19 – was dead and Brueckner responsible.

But he vehemently denies any involvement, has never been charged and a probe by Brit TV investigator Mark Williams-Thomas, who exposed Jimmy Savile as a paedophile, discovered Brueckner has an alibi.

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