SCOTLAND Yard has been given more money to probe an “important” new lead in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The development is being taken so seriously that senior Whitehall officials have been briefed by the Met on its progress.
Detectives are following a tip that a gang of European traffickers snatched the tot after taking pictures of her.
It could end up proving that she is still alive, nearly ten years after she vanished.
The search for Madeleine has been extended by months after Scotland Yard was given more cash.