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12 May 2011, 11:08
Scotland Yard is to take a fresh look at the evidence in the case of missing Madeleine McCann.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the Metropolitan Police would review the case and that the Home Office would provide "the necessary financial support".
David Cameron wrote to Kate and Gerry McCann to pledge action.
The move comes after Kate and Gerry McCann from Rothely, in Leicestershire appealed for David Cameron to help them with the search for their missing daughter.
A Home Office spokesman said:
"The Prime Minister and the Home Secretary have agreed with Sir Paul Stephenson that the Metropolitan Police will bring its particular expertise to this case.''
The spokesman added that the Government hopes Scotland Yard can bring a new perspective to the case and the Home Office will be providing ``the necessary financial support''.
He continued: "The Government's primary concern has always been and remains the safe return of Madeleine. Although she disappeared in Portugal, and the Portuguese retain the lead responsibility in the case, law enforcement agencies here have continued to follow up leads and pass information to the Portuguese authorities as appropriate.''
Speaking at a press conference, Mr McCann, 42, said: ``We've met three separate home secretaries, and we're still not sure what the Government has actually done. The Prime Minister does have it in his power to pick up the phone and speak to his counterpart.''