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Shannon Matthews 'found alive'

Latest Updates 20:10pm:

The Northern Echo

Police protection order for Shannon

DETECTIVES investigating the disappearance of Shannon Matthews have made her the subject of an emergency police protection order.

A statement released tonight by West Yorkshire Police said: "Shannon Matthews has been away from home for almost four weeks.

"As part of our ongoing inquiries, and following medical checks, West Yorkshire Police will begin the process of interviewing Shannon.

"This may be a long process but throughout this inquiry our main focus has been and continues to be Shannon's welfare.

"We have therefore taken the decision that, for now, it is in Shannon's best interests that she be made subject of an Emergency Police Protection Order.

"This will remain in place until we have had time to establish the full facts of what happened in the time since her disappearance."

What is an Emergency Protection Order?

Emergency Protection Order

An emergency protection order is a court order, granted under section 44 of the Children Act 1989. It is used to secure the immediate safety of a child by removing the child to a place of safety, or by preventing the child's removal from a place of safety.

The court may make the order if there is reasonable cause to believe that the child is likely to suffer significant harm if he or she is not removed to accommodation (i.e. a place of safety), or does not remain in the place of safety (e.g. a hospital) where he or she currently is.

Telegraph: Shannon Matthews may have bonded with kidnapper

By Nicole Martin
Last Updated: 4:43pm

Shannon Matthews may have developed an emotional bond with her kidnapper - a condition known as Stockholm Syndrome - even if he mistreated her, a psychologist has said.

Faced with the uncertainty of not knowing whether she would ever see her family again, she may have tried to develop a bond with her captor to ease her anxiety, said Dr Lesley Perman-Kerr.

“People develop the syndrome whether they have been treated well or treated badly,” she said. “On a primitive level we try to bond with those who are in control because they say whether we live or die.

"We automatically look for things we can connect with in other people to survive.”

Dr Perman-Kerr, a chartered psychologist who has counselled hostages, said that Shannon will probably need a period of adjustment before she is prepared to talk openly about her ordeal.

“She will certainly be feeling very disoriented and traumatised, and will be easily overwhelmed by people talking to her and asking her too many questions,” she said.

“What she really needs right now is some peace and quiet and tender loving care. She won’t want too much intrusion from people wanting to know exactly what happened to her.

"She will need to start talking about her ordeal in her own time and in her own way. Dr Perman-Kerr said it was likely that Shannon would experience flashbacks and nightmares as she tried to get used to life with her family.

"She will be feeling on red alert because she’ll still be feeling the trauma of the situation,” she said. “She may have to come to terms with things she finds ashamed about. Maybe she’s had to things she didn’t want to do and will now be asking herself why she didn’t do more to fight back.”

Dr Perman-Kerr advised Shannon’s family against organising a big party to celebrate her return home. “They need to take things very slowly, so no celebrations or parties in her honour,” she said.

“She would find it very difficult to cope a lot of people in one room asking her lots of questions. She needs quiet time with her close family so that she can begin slowly readjusting to normality.”


SHANNON FOUND: Live updates 4.10pm


4.10pm - Leon Rose, Shannon's dad, says he is 'over the moon' and wants to thank everyone for their help in finding his daughter.

3.52pm - Peter Brown, who lives in Shannon's road, said he was the first one to tell Karen Matthews that her daughter was alive.
He said: "She just froze. She was in shock. Then her reaction was crying.
"After that, she had a phone call from the police liaison officer. They came to pick her up, Karen and Craig both left the house together.
"We're going to have a party tonight."

3.40pm - Family friend Peter Brown says Shannon's mum Karen was delighted and shocked that her daughter was alive.

3.38pm - Conservative leader David Cameron said he was "delighted" to hear that Shannon had been found alive.
Speaking to reporters at his party's spring forum in Gateshead, Mr Cameron said: "I just feel huge relief on behalf of Shannon and her family.
"It is wonderful news that she's been found alive and, I hope, well.
"So often in these cases, you wait and you wait and then you hear tragic and awful news. All of us were thinking that was maybe what might happen and it is great that she is alive."

3.36pm - A large area of Batley Carr had been sealed off by police, with police tape surrounding one long terrace of houses in Lidgate Gardens.
The back door of number 26 had been kicked in by police and the doorframe was hanging off.

3.16pm - Everyone at Shannon's school, Westmoor Junior School, was celebrating news of her discovery.
Head teacher, Krystyna Piatkowski, told the YEP: "Myself, the staff, the pupils and everyone at the school are delighted and relieved that Shannon has been found."

3.14pm - Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann, said they were "delighted" that Shannon had been found alive and said the news gave them hope.

Their spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said: "Kate and Gerry are aware that she has been found alive. They feel that is excellent news, they are delighted that she is alive.
"They will not comment more until they know the full circumstances. Suffice to say that they will keep on looking until they have a happy resolution in Madeleine's case.
"It proves that children can go missing for whatever reason and still be found alive.

"Until Kate and Gerry know what has happened to Madeleine, there will always be hope for them that she too will be found alive.
"They will keep on looking as long as there is hope."

3.12pm - One local resident says: "She looked OK, there didn't seem to be any physical marks on her.

"You could tell she was scared, though, there was something in her face.

"The police put her in a car and drove her away.

"About five minutes later the cops dragged a man out and put him in a van."

3.11pm - A statement from West Yorkshire Police reads: "As part of ongoing investigations, Detectives and Specialist Search officers attended a house at Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, Dewsbury at 12.30pm this afternoon.

"During a search of the house, officers located Shannon Matthews who was found concealed in the base of a divan bed.

"A 39 year old man was arrested on suspicion of abduction at the address and is currently in custody at a West Yorkshire Police Station.

"Shannon is currently in the care of West Yorkshire Police.

"Investigations are ongoing."

3.09pm - A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of abduction at the address in Lidgate Gardens, the force said.

3.08pm - Missing nine-year-old Shannon Matthews was found in the base of a divan bed in Batley Carr, West Yorkshire police said today.

2.55pm - A neighbour said rumours in the street suggested that the man who occupied the flat where Shannon was found lived alone and had children who had been taken into care.
She said: "We haven't seen him for two or three years. But apparently he's come back."
The woman who lives downstairs from him tipped off police after hearing footsteps, she said.
The neighbour did not know whether police arrested the man.

2.52pm - Police smashed their way into a flat in Lidgate Gardens in Batley Carr and emerged carrying Shannon, neighbours said.
The young girl looked "quite calm" and officers confirmed that she was OK.
A local resident, who did not want to give her name, said: "One of my neighbours heard banging.

"When he went outside, police were breaking the door down - the man wouldn't come out so they broke in.

"Apparently they found her in bed. He said she was quite calm. Police carried her out.

"My neighbour asked, 'is it Shannon?" and the policeman just said, 'yes' and said she was OK."

2.50pm - Relative Victoria Saunders confirmed the good news to reporters.

2.48pm - Shannon's aunt Amanda Hyett said: "We've all heard the news. It is great news. I've just heard the news like everyone else. I'm just trying to check if it's right."

2.45pm - Police officially confirmed that a man had been arrested in connection with the discovery of Shannon.

2.43pm - Reports Shannon found hiding under the bed at her grandparents' home.

2.03pm - Police confirm missing Shannon Matthews has been found safe and well. Unofficial reports suggested the nine-year-old had been found at a house believed to be in the neighbouring town of Batley Carr.
A local residents tells the YEP: "I have just seen Shannon being taken out of a house in Batley Carr. She is safe and well."

Sky News: Missing schoolgirl Shannon Matthews has been found alive in Batley Carr, West Yorkshire, a friend has confirmed to Sky News.

The little girl was found hiding under a bed in a her grandparents' home, according to some reports.

Police had been searching for the nine-year-old for over three weeks.

The youngster has now been taken to a police station where she will be reunited with her mother.

Sky's north of England correspondent Gerard Tubb said: "I only know that she is alive but I wasn't given any impression that she was harmed.

"They've got her, they're very excited."

Shannon failed to return home from school after a swimming trip on February 19.

The schoolgirl's aunt Amanda Hyett said Shannon's mother Karen Matthews had been driven away by police from the family home shortly before 2pm.

Former Scotland Yard detective, Mike Hames, told Sky police "always thought she was being kept away from home by someone that knows her".

"It is quite rare that you would find a child alive after all this time," he added.

Earlier this week, Ms Matthews, 32, a mother-of-seven from Dewsbury, West Yorks, said: "She got abducted. That's all I can say."

Asked if someone she knew was responsible, she said: "It seems that way because there's no trace of her at all.

"There's no trace of her swimming costume, her towel or anything like that that she's taken with her."

Shannon had been dressed in a black jumper with a school logo, a white cotton T-shirt, black trousers and a waist-length black coat with fur round the hood.

One national newspaper offered a £50,000 reward for information about her disappearance.

Police searched more than 200 homes and received over 300 calls from the public in their extensive investigation.

Friends and neighbours also distributed leaflets appealing for information about Shannon's whereabouts across West Yorkshire.

Sky News Updated Updated:16:52

Missing schoolgirl Shannon Matthews has been found alive 24 days after she disappeared.
She was discovered around a mile away at the home of a man who is part of her extended family, say Sky sources.
Shannon Matthews

Police smashed their way into a flat in Lidgate Gardens in Batley Carr and emerged carrying Shannon, neighbours said.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested at the address in the Dewsbury area of West Yorkshire, on suspicion of abduction, said police.

The man is related to Shannon's stepfather Craig Meehan, according to Sky sources.

The nine-year-old was found "concealed" in the base of a divan bed at the address, the West Yorkshire force said.

Neighbours said the young girl looked "quite calm" and officers confirmed she was OK as she was brought out.

Batley Carr resident Mandy Dixon, 37, said: "I couldn't see Shannon's face - she was covered up. She was clinging to the officer for dear life."

She said the suspect was then "dragged" out of the property and into a waiting vehicle.

"He wasn't walking, he was just limp. There were two men on either side of him. They were dragging him."

Another local resident, who did not want to give her name, said: "One of my neighbours heard banging.

"When he went outside, police were breaking the door down - the man wouldn't come out so they broke in. Apparently they found her in bed."
Mother Karen Matthews

The neighbour believed the man who occupied the flat where Shannon was found lived alone and had children who had been taken into care.

She added: "We haven't seen him for two or three years. But apparently he's come back."

The woman who lives downstairs from him tipped off police after hearing footsteps, she said.

Earlier reports claimed the little girl was found hiding under a bed in a her grandparents' home.

Police had been searching for the nine-year-old for over three weeks.

The youngster has now been taken to a police station where she will be reunited with her mother Karen Matthews, who is said by a friend to be "shocked and overwhelmed".

The schoolgirl's aunt Amanda Hyett said Ms Matthews, 32, had been driven away by police from the family home shortly before 2pm.

Shannon's father Leon Rose said he never gave up hope of seeing his daughter alive again and being reunited with her would be like "winning the lottery".

Sky's north of England correspondent Gerard Tubb said: "I only know that she is alive but I wasn't given any impression that she was harmed.

"They've got her, they're very excited."

Child protection expert Mark Williams-Thomas said: "It's fantastic news that she has been but now the investigation will take a different line."

He added: "They will have to find out where she's been. Clearly there are some huge issues as to why she disappeared in the first place."

Former Scotland Yard detective, Mike Hames, told Sky the police "always thought she was being kept away from home by someone that knows her".

"It is quite rare that you would find a child alive after all this time," he added.

Shannon failed to return home from school after a swimming trip on February 19.

Earlier this week, Ms Matthews, a mother-of-seven from Dewsbury, West Yorks, said: "She got abducted. That's all I can say."

Asked if someone she knew was responsible, she said: "It seems that way because there's no trace of her at all.

"There's no trace of her swimming costume, her towel or anything like that that she's taken with her."

Shannon had been dressed in a black jumper with a school logo, a white cotton T-shirt, black trousers and a waist-length black coat with fur round the hood.

One national newspaper offered a £50,000 reward for information about her disappearance.

Police searched more than 200 homes and received over 300 calls from the public in their extensive investigation.

Friends and neighbours also distributed leaflets appealing for information about Shannon's whereabouts across West Yorkshire.

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BBC News:Missing West Yorkshire schoolgirl Shannon Matthews has been found alive, it has been reported.

West Yorkshire Police are yet to confirm the news but said they were looking into reports the nine-year-old had been found.

She was last seen leaving Westmoor Junior School in Dewsbury on 19 February.

Unconfirmed reports say she has been found in nearby Lidgate Gardens in Batley Carr.

Shannon's aunt Amanda Hyett said the schoolgirl's mother Karen Matthews had been driven away by police from the family home shortly before 1400 GMT.

Earlier this week mother-of-seven Mrs Matthews, 32, said she believed someone she knows had snatched her daughter to hurt her.


Mrs Matthews said: "She got abducted. That's all I can say."

More than 200 officers and 60 detectives have been involved in the search, which police said amounted to 10% of West Yorkshire Police's operational strength.

Officers have searched nearly 3,000 residential and commercial premises in the hunt for the schoolgirl.

The police's focus on the hunt for Shannon has always focused on the local community.



5 comments:

  1. Tomorrow's headlines:
    "MAJOR BOOST FOR MCCANNS as shannon matthews is found alive "

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  2. The Mccann circus should shut up, they have no dignity,they are cynical opportunists, they make me want to vomit.

    Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann, said they were "delighted" that Shannon had been found alive and said the news gave them hope.

    Their spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said: "Kate and Gerry are aware that she has been found alive. They feel that is excellent news, they are delighted that she is alive.

    "They will not comment more until they know the full circumstances. Suffice to say that they will keep on looking until they have a happy resolution in Madeleine's case.

    "It proves that children can go missing for whatever reason and still be found alive.

    "Until Kate and Gerry know what has happened to Madeleine, there will always be hope for them that she too will be found alive.

    "They will keep on looking as long as there is hope."

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=533944&in_page_id=1770

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  3. The McCann's make me sick with everything they do or don't do! Clarence Mitchell just makes my skin crawl.

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  4. "Shannon Matthews 'found alive'"
    Não consigo entender as " "!


    Ainda bem que foi encontrada Viva(mas que outros acontecimentos...?);

    Que a Policia faça um inquérito justo,sem preconceitos sociais e, já agora que os S.S .de UK não a retirem da sua Família; que não a enviem para o Inferno.

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  5. Will the sun pay out £50,000 Shannon reward?

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