Karen Mathews, the mother of Shannon Matthews is due to be sentenced for kidnapping her own daughter at Leeds Crown Court, alongside her former partner’s uncle, Michael Donovan, 40.
It was revealed that Donovan kept her imprisoned as part of a plan he and Matthews hatched to claim a £50,000 reward offered by a national newspaper.
Police believe the pair may have been influenced by the coverage of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, which was a high-profile news story in the months before Shannon went missing.
The Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport has recently requested written submissions for an Inquiry into ‘Press Standards, Privacy and Libel’. The inquiry was commissioned in the wake of concerns regarding the reportage of both the McCann case and the Max Mosley case.
The written submissions are being perused as we write. There is no date yet for oral submissions, but we shall keep you informed as soon as there is.