Home Office confirms special grant funding

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore has announced today (March 23) that the Policing Minister Nick Hurd has agreed that the Home Office will to help towards the cost of the search for the missing airman Corrie McKeague.

The PCC applied to the Home Office for special grant funding to cover the £2.15million spent on the investigation. This Home Office fund is available to PCC’s to help deal with costs linked to unpredictable events and emergencies.

The PCC has received a positive response from the Policing Minister. A more detailed announcement will be made in due course but the grant is expected to be in the region of £800k which will be shared between Suffolk and Norfolk as it was a joint major investigation inquiry.

Tim Passmore said, “I welcome this rebate from the Home Office which makes a contribution to the £2.15million which the Constabulary has spent on this major investigation.

“Throughout this investigation I have ensured that the Constabulary has had the resources it needed but sadly, despite the most extensive search ever carried out in this country, they’ve been unable to find Corrie.

“I cannot begin to imagine what Corrie’s family and friends have been through over the past 18 months but I hope they understand that the Constabulary has worked tirelessly to find Corrie.”