SCOTLAND Yard are to take over the Madeleine McCann case from the Portugese authorities following a decision from Home Secretary Theresa May .
A full-scale investigation into McCann’s disappearance will now be launched after the Met identified 20 potential suspects during a two-year-review.
Portuguese officials shelved the case in 2008, just a year after the three year-old was kidnapped from the resort in Praia da Luz, where her parents were staying.
Due to Portugal’s laws, without new evidence, the case could not be reopened.
For this reason, the Met lobbied for funding from the Home Office to pay for a Scotland Yard investigation.
Although the exact amount of the funding is unknown, it is believed to be millions of euros.