Give us proof of the others involved' Shannon case

Issue 518

POLICE insist they will not reopen the Shannon Matthews case without hard evidence, despite new claims from her disgraced mum.



Karen Matthews, who is due out of prison after serving four years of an eightyear sentence for kidnapping the nineyearold in 2008, said last week that others were involved in the sick plot.



But West Yorkshire Police assistant chief constable Jawaid Akhtar stated the force would not look at the allegations without proof.



He said: “Noone else was charged and Karen Matthews has not provided any evidence concerning the involvement of anyone else.



“Without new evidence to suggest otherwise, we would have no reason to raise the matter further with the Crown Prosecution Service.”



Matthews alleged in a national newspaper that “several others” were involved and she had been forced to keep silent.



Matthews, who will use a new surname on her release, reputedly made the claims to her former Dewsbury Moor neighbour Julie Bushby during prison visits.



She is alleged to have told Ms Bushby: “I won’t come clean about what I actually know about what happened because I’ve been threatened.



“There are others who should be here instead of me but I was too scared to open my mouth. They said they would kill me if I did.”



Former Moorside Estate residents association chairman Ms Bushby has visited Matthews in jail hoping to find out the truth of Shannon's 24day ordeal.



She previously played a role in getting Matthews convicted after confronting her about Shannon in a taxi with a family liaison officer.



“I’m convinced she has still not told the full truth,” Ms Bushby said. “I’ve been on a mission to get to the bottom of it.



“I don’t think she ever did it for the money. I think she got herself in a big hole, enjoyed the attention and had no idea how to get out of it. 



“She changed her story a lot and it drove me mad. But the one thing that seemed to stay the same was that others were involved.”



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