POLICE have handed out leaflets warning people not to take the law into their own hands over the Shannon Matthews inquiry.

They have been circulated in Dewsbury Moor, the home of Karen Matthews, who appeared in court charged over her daughter's disappearance.

The leaflet reads: “Please do not take the law into your own hands and leave police to do their job.”

The house where Shannon, nine, lived with her mother in Moorside Road has been boarded up.

A spokesman for Kirklees Council refused to comment on the operation yesterday afternoon to board up the property.

Matthews faced charges of child neglect and perverting the course of justice in connection with the disappearance of Shannon on February 19 for 24 days.

Part of the leaflet reads: “It is important that the community does not jump to any conclusions about people who may be involved in this inquiry.”

Earlier, a crowd of around 60 neighbours and family who helped in the search for Shannon had gathered at the court to demonstrate their outrage as her mother appeared in connection with her disappearance.

The angry pack booed and there was a shout of “bitch” as Matthews, 32, was led away from Dewsbury Magistrates’ Court in a white prison van.