McCanns dismiss criticism of Scotland Yard’s intervention

KATE and Gerry McCann have dismissed fierce criticism of Scotland Yard’s intervention in the search for their missing daughter Madeleine.

They said Prime Minister David Cameron gave assurances that all funds for the review would come from central Government and would not eat into the force’s budget.

In their first reaction to the development, they said they would like to thank the Conservative leader for his intervention.

Mr McCann said it would go a long way to addressing one of their key complaints about the inaction on the part of British police.

“We welcome their involvement,” Mr McCann said.

“We have been calling for a transparent, independent review. We have yet to see exactly the details of their involvement and what it will entail and I hope this does improve communication between the Home Office and ourselves, which obviously we have complained about, including yesterday.”

Speaking in Dublin, he added: “I’m sure it will go a long way to (addressing) one of our key disgruntlements, which was that British police had lots and lots of information and it was just sitting there and no one was looking at it.

“The Met has excellent expertise in reviewing major crimes, so we are very pleased and we would like to thank David Cameron for his intervention.”

Ms McCann said the announcement from Mr Cameron came out of the blue as they travelled to Ireland to promote her book.

“I think we were a bit surprised because we weren’t expecting to hear anything, if we did, until next week,” she said.

“It all seemed to happen very suddenly.”

She added: “But nothing is going to happen overnight from now on.”

Mr McCann said they would have to wait and see the outcome of the review.

“How this pans out over the coming weeks and months will really be the acid test,” he said.

Picture: Kate and Gerry McCann hold a press conference in the Merrion Hotel in Dublin yesterday. Picture: PA


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