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Shannon Matthews Found Alive In Bed: Updates

by | 14th, March 2008

shannon-door.jpg SHANNON Matthews found alive the story so far and updates can be found here

TOM WATSON : “Keeping your kids close”

“Technology makes it easier to keep tabs on your kids. A new GPS device will allow parents to identify where there kids are hanging out at the click of a button. The Spot (satellite personal tracker) has an emergency button and text options. Parents can track where their kids are on Google maps. There’s also mobilelocators.com which can track an individual mobile phone. A search starts at 20p.”

Not that the Labour MP advocates chipping your children. He just wants us to join the debate. It’s the New Labour trick. If you’re an MP and get caught out saying something you believe in but that makes other people pall, all you need do is say you were joining the debate.

THE TIMES : “The Maths Of Shannon Matthews”

Here’s what Geoff Newiss reported to the Home Office in 1999 following a programme of research:

“The majority of ‘vulnerable’ missing persons do not meet with tragic consequences.

“The Police National Missing Persons Bureau (PNMPB) collects vulnerable missing person reports which are still outstanding after 14 days. Of the 2,197 missing persons entered onto their database in 1997/8, 1,561 (71.0%) had been traced by the end of the year.

“Only 938 reports related to missing persons under the age of 18, of which 692 (73.8%) had been traced by the end of the year.”

And:

The Missing People charity broadly concurs :

A Home Office study in 2003 found that the chance of a missing person being the victim of homicide to be around 1 in 7,400.

The risk varies enormously with age. Teenagers faced the lowest risk, simply because of the large numbers going missing relative to the number of cases involving homicide.

Young children, below the age of 10, faced at least twice the risk of being the victim of homicide than the average across all ages.

THE TIMES : “It’s over. Now for the demons.”

“Keenly sensitive to their own family’s anxiety, they also often seek to protect their parents from what they have been through.”

DAILY TELGRAPH : “It is reported that the 39 yr old man who faces charges of abducting her is a relative of Shannons’ stepfather. I wonder what kind of animal can watch the suffering of his own family whilst he continues to hold the child for his own perverted reasons. Whether Shannon has been assaulted or not, this mans actions must be those of someone with a pretty sick mind.”

Nothing reported. No sources given. The writer is given as “Phil Slocombe”. He writes ifor an online section called “My Telegraph”. His grammar is poor as his research. His byline says he’s in China. He may have to stay there.

We report it and do not like it. We will not discuss it. It remains alledged. The important point here is a nine-year-old is still with us and that makes Good News. The remainder is a healing process and we should all help with that.

CRN : “In a bizarre piece of commentary the parents of missing 4 year old Madeleine have been quoted as saying that they are ‘delighted’ that Shannon has been safely returned to her family. It is likely that Shannon’s family will be able to continue their celebrations without the need for other media hungry people to get involved.”

WASTING POLICE TIME : “There’s been a lot of rubbish talked lately about how Shannon’s case hadn’t received the media coverage others have, and lots of insinuation that people don’t really care about kids from less than idyllic homes. I can tell you from personal experience that this is balls, certainly as far as police operations go. The incident room oop north will have been full of lots of ordinary human beings, lots of them mums and dads themselves, going through a range of emotions, from weak hope to black despair.”

ELLEE SEYMOUR : “It will also put an end to the cruel media speculation which the Matthews and McCann families have endured, the comparisons made between coverage of Shannon and Madeleine McCann ’s disappearances based on their different backgrounds.”

DAILY TELGRAPH : “Dozens of relatives, friends and neighbours spilled from their homes to gather outside the family house in celebration drinking champagne, beer and wine.”

THE GUARDIAN : “Who do we blame?”

Beatrix Campbell is harping on:

The story of Shannon Matthews’ disappearance and dramatic reappearance , apparently alive and well, today has confirmed the degree to which class is still the cultural register in our purportedly classless society.

The comparison between Madeleine McCann and Shannon Matthews is saturated by class. It isn’t just a matter of resources, and which children attract our attention. The comparison registers class as a courier of moral tales. Both stories dramatise the distribution of virtue and blame that fixes the working class and the middle class in moral hierarchies.

And on:

No one thought Karen Matthews had abducted or killed her daughter – and yet she has been judged. Some commentators think they can say anything they like about this woman and even to her. She has spoken with reticent dignity, yet her class makes her available for blame. The McCanns are official suspects. And yet – unlike Karen Matthews – they are presumed innocent.

Matthews . McCann . Bingo !

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