Home Office to contribute to cost of search for missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague

Tim Passmore says he is "proud" that HMICFRS praised Suffolk police's work with vulnerable people. P

Tim Passmore says he is "proud" that HMICFRS praised Suffolk police's work with vulnerable people. Picture: ARCHANT

The Home Office will help towards the cost of the search for missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner has announced.

Corrie McKeague in a picture uploaded by his mother. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Corrie McKeague in a picture uploaded by his mother. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Tim Passmore, who applied to the Government for special grant funding to cover the £2.15million cost of the major investigation, says he has received a positive response from policing minister Nick Hurd.

The grant is expected to be in the region of £800,000 and will be shared between Suffolk and Norfolk as it was a joint major investigation.

Corrie, who was based at RAF Honington, went missing after a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds in September 2016.

Despite a far-reaching investigation, which included two landfill searches, no trace of the airman has ever been found.

Nicola Urquhart, left, with her son Corrie McKeague. Picture: MCKEAGUE FAMILY

Nicola Urquhart, left, with her son Corrie McKeague. Picture: MCKEAGUE FAMILY - Credit: Archant

Mr 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.


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“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.”

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