Speaking on Sky News’ The Pledge, the former Apprentice victor argued police were continuing to put resources into the Maddie search because of Kate and Gerry McCanns class. She said: “If this was a family from Hull who’d gone to a caravan park down the road and left their kids in the caravan while they’d gone to the local boozer, this wouldn’t be getting millions of pounds worth of attention and funding.” Host Nick Ferrari consequently asked her if “we police according to class”, to which the entrepreneur replied, “well, in this instance, yeah.”
But the comments were criticised by the former chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Jim Gamble.
On Twitter Mr Gamble, who served as the senior child protection officer in the UK’s first investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, directed his anger towards Ms Dewberry.
Mr Gamble said: “What a load of unadulterated nonsense. The original Home Secretary that set this off was from Hull.
“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing and an opinion on the back of absolutely no experience worse.”
Mr Gamble further explained his position on Twitter.
He said: “They would not get more money unless there are credible lines of enquiry to be followed. And this is a very rare type of investigation.
“This case however is rare because it involves a child who went missing abroad, suspected abducted in a foreign country. The only other similar case I know is Ben Needham.”
The disappearance of Madeleine McCann has remained unsolved since the then-three-year-old went missing in a Portuguese holiday apartment while her parents dined out in a local restaurant.
More than £11 million has since been spent on the Metropolitan Police investigation to find her, to no avail.
Operation Grange, the Metropolitan Police investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, was set up in 2013 by David Cameron after the Portuguese inquiry failed to produce substantial answers.
The force have had to apply for Home Office funding on a regular basis to keep the British investigation afloat and have once again been successful in their attempts to secure further funds with a government commitment to continue the search until March 2020.
The McCann family have insisted they will never give up hope of finding their daughter