Anorak | Shannon Matthews: Craig Meehan Denies, Roy Greenslade Writes And Whispers

Shannon Matthews: Craig Meehan Denies, Roy Greenslade Writes And Whispers

by | 10th, March 2008

shannon-matthews-new.jpg MADDYWATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann and Shannon Matthews


The media carries much news of how missing Shannon Matthews is being ignored. A smaller reward . Just one celebrity friend . The picture of a missing child. A child not there.

She is not Madeleine McCann, say the papers. Her stepfather Craig Meehan is not erudite Gerry McCann . But he is “beleaguered”. Fingers are being pointed. Speculation. Whispers. If not Gerry McCann, is Craig Meehan the Mirror’s creepy Robert Murat ?

“I THINK HE’S A DECENT GUY..Missing Shannon’s real dad backs under-fire stepfather.”

Says Leon Rose: “I’ve always thought he was a decent guy. Whenever I went to pick up Shannon he’d be around. It was obvious she looked up to him. If she’s got time for him, then so have I.”

Whisper : “Shannon’s grandmother June Matthews claimed at the weekend that he was a sinister presence in the family home.”

Whisper : “Worried uncle Martin Matthews said Shannon told him that Craig hit her and begged to stay at his house the day before she disappeared.”

Says Craig Meeha n, who has lived with “mum of seven Karen” for four years: “I’ve never laid a finger on Shannon. To tell the truth, these allegations say more about Karen’s mother than they do about me. She’s never liked any of Karen’s ex-partners and is always trying to make trouble for us. She wants to rule Karen’s life.”

Says Uncle Martin Matthews : “Shannon came here at teatime. She said to me ‘Please can I stay here tonight? I can’t go home as I’m in trouble’.

Says Uncle Martin : “Shannon has shown me bruises on her arms and told me Craig lashed out at her.”

Says “Grandmum” June : “Karen was a great mum before she took Craig in. Those kids were loved and cared for. Since he arrived, they’ve had a terrible time.”

Karen Matthews says “Rubbish”.

Fingers are pointed. Whispers. One fact: Shannon Matthews is missing. But no yellow ribbon in the Mirror’s masthead. No solidarity. Just introducing the family. One by one. No yellow ribbon . Not yet…


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