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Post  interested on Mon 4 Jan - 3:40

This article by Tracey Kandolha is dated January 3, 2016 (updated 22:50) "....It is set to cause embarrassment to the Government who are now investigating the private firm for allegedly overcharging them.....". At the moment there are three comments which are worth reading too. www.mirror.co.uk

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interested wrote:This article by Tracey Kandolha is dated January 3, 2016 (updated 22:50)  "....It is set to cause embarrassment to the Government who are now investigating the private firm for allegedly overcharging them.....".  At the moment there are three comments which are worth reading too.    www.mirror.co.uk


http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/scotland-yard-used-ex-police-7112764

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Post  malena stool on Mon 4 Jan - 12:12

Scotland Yard used ex-police from private firm G4S to help hunt for missing Madeleine McCann
22:29, 3 JAN 2016 UPDATED 07:54, 4 JAN 2016
BY TRACEY KANDOHLA
Up to 81 former officers were on the Met payroll as part of the failed £12.1million hunt for the missing child

Former police officers employed by G4S have been used by Scotland Yard in the hunt for Madeleine McCann.

Up to 81 former officers have been on the Met Police payroll to search for the missing girl over a five-year period.

Revelations of the global company’s input into the failed £12.1 million hunt for Maddie only emerged in documents obtained from the London force under freedom of information laws.

It is set to cause embarrassment to the Government who are now investigating the private firm for allegedly overcharging them.

Two weeks ago Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry publically thanked Operation Grange, the police inquiry set up into their daughter’s disappearance on PM David Cameron ’s orders, in May 2011.

But the couple from Rothley, Leics, couldn’t resist a dig at cops for failing to do “as much” quickly enough in an online festive message.

It was not clear if the McCanns were aware G4S , whose reputation has been scarred after a string of blunders, had been brought on board.

The firm’s relationship with the Government has been frayed following a series of scandals including bungling the London 2012 Olympic contract and charging taxpayers for monitoring dead criminals.

The hunt for Maddie, who vanished during a family holiday to Portugal’s Praia da Luz, in May 2007 just days before her fourth birthday, is now being scaled down.

In 2011 G4S provided the most staff, up to 33, to help solve the Maddie riddle , at a cost to British taxpayers of up to £91,929, including an agency fee of £8,489.

The following year up to 16 officers were on Op Grange books, plus one intelligence assessor at a fee of up to £59,380. In 2013 up to 13 G4S staff were assigned to find Maddie at a rate of up to £54,134. In the summer of that year Scotland Yard travelled to Portugal to dig up ground in and around Luz where they suspected Maddie’s body could be buried.

In 2014 G4S provided up to 10 ex cops, a researcher and two digital media assessors to team up with the Maddie squad at a price spiralling towards £57, 413.

Read more: Gerry and Kate McCann reveal the reasons why they miss Maddie

On top of G4S Operation Grange used another private company Servoca to help the hunt.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We can confirm we have used agencies to provide extra support on specific high profile cases, including Operation Grange, the search for Madeleine McCann. G4S has provided ex police officers during a period from 2010 to 2014. It is not believed that we are still using them.”

G4S has also been involved in Operation Yewtree, the Met Police’s child sex abuse inquiry which has seen the high-profile prosecution of celebrities collapse and Operation Withern, the investigation into the 2011 London riots.


At the weekend MPs questioned the decision by police, who have suffered 20 per cent budget cuts, to use staff from G4S.

The company is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office for claims it overcharged the Ministry of Justice for the electronic tagging of criminals who were dead or back in jail. G4S also failed to provide enough trained staff for the London Olympics, causing troops to be brought in.

Private firms including G4S and Servoca have been paid nearly £170million of taxpayers’ money between January 2010 and December 2014 for helping police forces across the country.

Read more: Madeleine McCann's parents say they have 'fresh hope we will find her'

The newly-released statistics come from 28 of 45 forces who confirmed hiring staff from both companies.

Keith Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester East, and chairman of the home affairs select committee said: “Given the huge pressure on police budgets, it is puzzling that such a large amount of public money is being given to private-sector organisations.”

Scotland Yard has vowed to continue the search for Maddie for another three months despite recently scaling back on officers.

Getty ImagesParents: Gerry and Kate McCann are preparing for probe to be shelved
But former GP Kate and heart doctor Gerry, both 47, are preparing for the inquiry to be shelved later this year after, so far, failing to unearth any new clues. They believe their daughter, who would now be aged 12, could still be alive and will use money from the £750,000 set aside in official Find Maddie Fund to employ a new team of private eyes.

Until the end of June last year it emerged controversial Op Grange has cost £10.1 million with a further £2 million from the Government’s “Special Grants” budgeted until early April.

VIEW GALLERY Madeleine McCann police begin to search a patch of scrubland just outside of the small town as the search for clues enters a second week
A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “The investigation is still ongoing although the number of officers has been significantly reduced.”

The task force has yet to make a single arrest. In October they drastically cut the number detectives from 29 to just four.

Kate and Gerry’s spokesperson Clarence Mitchell said: “How Scotland Yard run Operation Grange, and the manning of it, is entirely a matter for them. They will employ agency staff as and when they see fit. Kate and Gerry will not be commenting.”
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It's my opinion that this item should be highlighted on the front page of all the daily rags that castigated both the Portuguese police and the leader of their investigation Goncalo Amaral, whose life and career were wrecked, seemingly at the behest of the UK government and the parents who subsequently persecuted him. No evidence has been brought to light by this much vaunted and trumpeted; 'Team of experts from the Met' which disproves any of the statements or findings his investigation came up with.


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Post  fuzeta on Mon 4 Jan - 12:30

They were probably recommended by the couple themselves. They seem to know quite a few dodgy private investigators. In fact it seems to have been a theme throughout the whole case.

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Post  interested on Mon 4 Jan - 19:20

fuzeta wrote:They were probably recommended by the couple themselves. They seem to know quite a few dodgy private investigators. In fact it seems to have been a theme throughout the whole case.  

And yet they "....couldn't resist a dig at cops for failing to do 'as much' quickly enough...." while they did not even look/search for Madeleine the night she went "missing" because it was dark and cold. Kate McCann herself hindered the investigation into Madeleine's "disappearance" by refusing to answer 48 questions. I'm not surprised the Mirror has suspended comments - the first three I saw last night were brutal.

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Re: Scotland Yard used ex-police from private firm G4S to help hunt for missing Madeleine McCann - Mirror

Post  cherry1 on Mon 4 Jan - 23:21

http://portugalresident.com/outrage-as-yet-more-thousands-discovered-to-have-been-jettisoned-at-maddie-inquiry


Posted by portugalpress on January 04, 2016


Outrage as yet more thousands discovered to have been jettisoned at Maddie inquiry

A new disgrace in the €16.4 million police investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has erupted in the British media. It now appears that the Operation Grange ‘Maddie probe’ has involved the hiring of private investigators from firms that were actually being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office for “allegedly overcharging” the British government. According to a report in the Sunday Times, both firms were under suspicion of putting in bogus charges for the electronic tagging of released prisoners who were either “dead, back in prison or had fled the country”. One of the companies, G4S, has “since repaid more than €130 million to the Treasury” over the scandal, but it is still another low moment for the Metropolitan Police which has come under enormous criticism for spending so much money on the Maddie investigation over the past eight-plus years, without coming up with one single charge or provable theory. According to stories in the media today, “up to 81 officers from private security firm G4S were recruited to assist Operation Grange - even though at one stage 31 detectives were assigned to work on the case full-time”. G4S was also involved in Operations Yewtree, the Met’s child sex abuse inquiry, and Withern - a probe into the 2011 London riots. But it is the Maddie angle that has inflamed tabloid media, as it centres on the “failed” aspects of police investigations this far, and how much they have cost the British taxpayer. The information emerged as a result of documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws, explained the Sunday Times, quoting shadow police minister Jack Dromey as saying: “The public will be rightly concerned at the creeping privatisation of core police functions and that the policing of their communities is being increasingly handed over to private companies”. Where the revelations will leave the already “drastically scaled down” Maddie investigation is anyone’s guess. Here in Portugal, the PJ’s parallel investigation remains ongoing, although not exclusively focused on finding the British toddler who disappeared without trace from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007. As a police source told us late last year, the case has been “worrying, because in most cases where no-one is arrested or charged, we know what happened, we just can’t prove it. “But in this case, rigorously, there is no definitive idea on what happened. We don’t know a thing”. As Sky News Martin Brunt said on air last October, “it is a case of £10 million spent and nothing achieved”. Since then, the investigation’s total expenditure has increased, with the figure of €16.4 million due to be reached by April this year. natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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Post  interested on Tue 5 Jan - 18:05

"Trust Me, I'm a Metropolitan Police Officer" - (Tuesday, January 5, 2016) - www.onlyinamericablogging.blogspot.com - In this post there is a statement "Si said - 'A G4S Director/Shareholder is married to Home Secretary Theresa May, so that effectively laundering British government money (ie TAX PAYERS money) supposedly put aside to hunt for girl whom all the evidence suggests died in Praia De Luz. SCAM!" There is also a picture showing Theresa May with Kate McCann and she is described as "Known Associate of Kate McCann".

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