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03-14-2008, 09:23 AM
missing girl found
BBC NEWS | England | West Yorkshire | Missing girl Shannon found alive
Missing nine-year-old schoolgirl Shannon Matthews has been found alive, three weeks after going missing. |
West Yorkshire Police confirmed the girl had been found concealed in the base of a divan bed in a house in Lidgate Gardens in Batley Carr.
Neighbours said police smashed their way in and emerged carrying Shannon who was last seen leaving Westmoor Junior School in Dewsbury on 19 February.
A 39-year-old man has been arrested on su****ion of abduction.
The young girl looked "quite calm" and officers confirmed that she was OK, the neighbours added.
During a search of the house, officers located Shannon Matthews who was found concealed in the base of a divan bed
West Yorkshire Police
A West Yorkshire Police statement said: "As part of ongoing investigations, detectives and specialist search officers attended a house at Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, Dewsbury, at 1230 GMT 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 su****ion of abduction at the address and is currently in custody at a West Yorkshire police station.
Map of where Shannon was found
"Shannon is currently in the care of West Yorkshire Police. Investigations are ongoing."
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.
Charlotte Thornton, a friend of Amanda Hyett, said: "I've just got a text message from Amanda. She's saying they've found her alive.
"I was one of the ones who went out and looked for her on the first night. I'm very happy they've found her."
Neighbour Christopher Heaps witnessed Shannon being brought out of the house by police.
He said: "First thing I heard was police breaking the door down and I went out to see what was going off because of the noise and then when I went out I saw the policemen carrying the young girl in their arms.
She was very calm and didn't look upset
Christopher Heaps, neighbour
"I was stood by him and I said 'is that Shannon?' He said 'yes'.
"I saw the man being taken away and dragged down the steps and handcuffed and put into the van.
"Then the little girl was put into a car and taken away with a plain clothes policeman. She was very calm and didn't look upset."
Children returning from school to houses in Shannon's road were crying and hugging each other after hearing she had been found.
Callie Brown, aged eight, who is in Shannon's class, said: "We all had to go into the hall for assembly. I was crying my eyes out. I have missed her loads."
Earlier this week mother-of-seven Mrs Matthews, 32, said she believed Shannon had been abducted.
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.
The force said the operation was the biggest missing person's case it had undertaken since the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper.
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.
there was a really good article on how class judgements were affecting this case, and comparrisions made with the maddy thing. really glad she was found though
03-14-2008, 09:44 AM
Ooh where's the class judgements article?
I admit when I saw the headline I was quite surprised, but in a good way. After 3 weeks, it's pretty rare for a live find.
We don't want your ****ing love.
03-14-2008, 10:09 AM
Originally Posted by never was
let's hope what happened to her doesnt destroy her life
i don't see how it couldn't
should i choose a noble occupation
if i did i'd only show up late and sick
and they would stare at me with hatred
plus my only natural talent's wasted
03-14-2008, 10:29 AM
that was a good article, i forget how much i like the independent
i think it makes a good point: the parents of madeleine mc cann were coooonstantly referred to by their professions, especially the dad. even when the papers were full of reports that the girl's dna was found in a car they apparently hired after her disappearance, or whatever it was, the tone of the reporting hardly changed. whereas i remember the day the boyfriend had to begin to defend himself against all these - as far as i could see - groundless accusations of violence and mistreatment and there was a shift.
The cash reward for Shannon's return currently stands at £50,500, after The Sun newspaper yesterday increased its contribution from £20,000 to £50,000. The remaining £500 represents the savings of 66-year-old Winston Bedford, a neighbour of Ms Matthews who offered the money because he was unable to participate in the searches of Dewsbury Moor and its surrounding area.
ain't that heartwarming?
Last edited by lilybett; 03-14-2008 at 10:47 AM.
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