Scotland Yard detectives have been granted an extra £300,000 to continue the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann for another year, the Home Office has indicated.
The Metropolitan Police asked for the extra funding in order to explore a number of outstanding leads identified during its Operation Grange investigation.
The extra funding is expected to allow the investigation to continue for at least another 12 months.
Madeleine was just short of her fourth birthday when she vanished from her parents' apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz during a family holiday to the Algarve in May 2007.
The initial Portuguese investigation failed to make any headway and at one point even wrongly declared her parents, Kate and Gerry "arguidoes", or persons of interest.
Scotland Yard launched its own investigation into Madeleine's disappearance in 2011 and initially had 29 full time officers working on the case.
The investigation has so far cost in excess of £11 million, but despite the fact it has been scaled down to just a handful of officers, detectives remain committed to following up any remaining leads.
During the investigation police said they had looked at more than 60 persons of interest and had made inquiries about the whereabouts of 650 sex offenders.
It was recently reported that police in Portugal had identified a potential new suspect, but Scotland Yard has refused to comment.
Confirming the extra funding, a Home Office spokesman said: "All applications for Special Grant funding are considered carefully on their individual merits, however, decisions are made in batches to allow us to better consider the impact on the overall policing budget.
"Due to this, the next round of Special Grant funding will not be decided until October, however we have written to Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in the meantime with assurance that the Metropolitan Police Service will receive a similar level of funding for Operation Grange for 2019/20 as it did for the previous year."
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Are you fucking shitting me?! The coppers must have the best job in the world!
REALLY boils my piss, this does.