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Shannon Matthews inquiry report out today

A HUGE report into the Shannon Matthews case will finally be unveiled today.

A HUGE report into the Shannon Matthews case will finally be unveiled today.

The top-level inquiry examining Kirklees Council’s handling of the sensational case of the girl “kidnapped” by her own mother has taken 18 months to prepare.

It has examined every aspect of the links that social services and health agencies had with the Dewsbury Moor family over many years.

But it is not known if anyone is criticised in the report.

The inquiry has been under the auspices of the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board and was launched after Shannon’s mother, Karen Matthews, and Michael Donovan were jailed for eight years for the kidnap.

The youngster’s disappearance from Dewsbury Moor sparked a £3m police hunt – the biggest seen in West Yorkshire for years. The search involved hundreds of officers and more than 60 detectives.

Shannon, then nine, was eventually found hidden in a bed at Donovan’s flat in Batley.

It emerged that he and Karen Matthews had concocted the kidnap plot to try and claim reward money they hoped would be offered by newspapers.

The final dossier is expected to run to hundreds of pages.

It emerged after the case that social workers had included the Matthews family on their register some years earlier and now it has been confirmed that there are reports going back to 1993 to take into consideration.


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