THE new police investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance was
described as a 'ludicrous' waste of cash at the weekend by one of
Scotland Yard's governing body.
Jenny Jones hit out at David Cameron's decision to involve the
Metropolitan Police and said the move would deny justice to other
victims of crime while tying up police resources. A member of the
Metropolitan Police Authority, Ms Jones has vowed to do everything in
her power to stop the inquiry. Her comments echo disquiet expressed by
fellow MPA member, Labour peer Toby Harris, who accused the Prime
Minister of undermining the operational independence of the police.
Ms Jones said the McCanns were being given preferential treatment. 'The
police should not take this case up in this way,' she said. 'It is
ludicrous. This could take years and will cost millions. It is very
unusual for police to step in like this and it is not an appropriate use
of police resources.' Ms Jones, who is also a member of the London
Assembly, said: 'The Government is closing down the Forensic Science
Service because there are not enough funds. This is a crucial part of
'Although it is tragic and I feel for the McCanns, how can the Prime
Minister justify spending millions of pounds on one case'' Writing in
his internet blog, Lord Harris said: 'I can imagine that the senior
leadership of the Metropolitan Police are not exactly happy about this.'
But the PM's intervention has been welcomed by Mr and Mrs McCann. They
said Mr Cameron had given assurances that all funds for the inquiry
would come from the Government and would not eat into the police force's
Madeleine vanished from her family's holiday flat in Praia da Luz in
Portugal's Algarve on May 3, 2007, just before her fourth birthday.
Portuguese police, helped by officers from Leicestershire police ' where
the family live ' carried out a massive investigation but the inquiry
was shelved in July, 2008. Since then, no police force has been actively
looking for her. Kate McCann has just launched her book about the
disappearance. The new review will be led by Detective Chief Inspector
Andy Redwood, from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.
He snared murderer Miguel da Silva after a cold case review of the death
of Susan Martin, 44, in 1994. The killer, who went on the run for 15
years, was jailed for life at the Old Bailey last November and told he
must serve at least 16 years behind bars.