Firm's £5,000 Shannon reward
Feb 29 2008 by Joanne Douglas, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A BRADLEY business has put up a £5,000 reward for information leading to Shannon Matthews’ safe return.
Joseph Furniture used to employ Shannon’s uncle Neil Hyett and are offering the cash to anyone who can help find the missing nine-year-old.
In a statement bosses at Joseph Furniture, now based in Bradley, said: “As a company that was founded in Dewsbury, we feel a social and moral responsibility to aid with reuniting Shannon Matthews with her beloved family.”
Meanwhile, a Facebook site has been set up in Shannon’s name.
The ‘Help Find Shannon Matthews’ site has got more than 9,500 members.
Users from as far away as America have left messages of support for the missing schoolgirl’s family.
But many are local residents such as Lucy Wilby who wrote: “I live near Shannon’s school and police have been searching the area on foot and horseback there is also a helicopter circling the area.
“I hope Shannon is found safe and sound and my heart goes out to her family and what they must be going through.”
Shannon failed to return home following an after-school swimming lesson on Tuesday, February 19.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said that the searches would continue until police are satisfied all properties in the area have been searched and excluded from their investigation.
Anyone with information about Shannon’s whereabouts is asked to call 01274 373737, text 07786 200806 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.