11 Jun 19
Operation Grange, the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into her disappearance, has so far spent £11.7 million since it was set up in 2011.(Picture: PA / Getty)
The parents of Madeline McCann have been targeted by ‘despicable’ trolls following a new wave of funding into the search for their daughter.
The Home Office announced last week that it would grant an extra £300,000 to the Metropolitan Police to fund the search into the missing child for another year.
This comes after the 12th anniversary of her disappearance from her parents’ holiday villa in Praia da Luz, Portugal on May 3 2007.
Operation Grange, the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into her disappearance, has so far spent £11.7 million since it was set up in 2011.
An official website and campaign was launched by Kate and Gerry McCann shortly after her disappearance which has been hit with a wave of trolls since the increased funding was announced.
The Home Office announced last week that it would grant an extra £300,000 to the Metropolitan Police to fund the search into the missing child for another year (Picture: PA Archive)
The digital coordinator for the page and close friend of the couple hit back at the ‘perverse’ comments in a rare move.
On the Official Find Madeleine Campaign page she wrote: ‘Ha ha, so funny to play games on a missing child’s page. You play these despicable games, you will be banned.
‘I know we should ignore and we usually do. This is but a small sample of what we have to deal with from people on hate pages conspiring to disrupt our page.
‘Please do not send these hateful people private messages. We are all better than these despicable people.
‘Apparently, they can harass and torment an innocent family, but are crying because people are calling them out on their awful behaviour.’
One message from a troll shared read: ‘I think everyone here should bombard the page with a ton of messages regarding the DNAm- would take an age to delete and block lol.’
The apartment in Praia Da Luz where Madeline McCann went missing (Picture: PA Archive)
Madeline at the age of three (Picture: Interpol)
The coordinator then criticised the people trolling Madeline’s parents for targeting a suffering family.
‘People attack what they don’t understand. Being kind is so much easier and costs nothing,’ she said.
‘No amount of science, logic or even reality will deter their hate campaign. If I didn’t see how detrimental and truly heartbreaking their hate campaign has had on the search for Madeleine and her family, I might feel sorry for these people.
‘I suspect their lives are such crap that they have to torment and harass a family suffering and get some sort of perverse joy out of it.’
Kate and Gerry McCann have been the target of trolls (Picture: Getty)
Prior to making the new application, a spokesman for the family said: ‘Kate and Gerry are extremely grateful to the Metropolitan Police for making a new funding application and whilst they know it is not guaranteed they are hoping it will be approved.
‘It shows that officers are still doing everything they can to get a resolution after all this time. And it gives them hope that one day they may finally find out what happened to their daughter.
‘It gives them belief there is still work left to be done.’