Shannon Matthews and siblings granted ‘extraordinary’ lifelong anonymity

An "extraordinary" lifelong injunction of anonymity has been granted to kidnap victim Shannon Matthews and her siblings after the infamous 2008 case.

She was at the centre of a fake kidnap plot 12 years ago that gripped the nation.

While Shannon and her siblings' identities were protected by reporting restrictions in place until 2021, this has now been extended indefinitely.

Their names, jobs and addresses as well as anything about them that will give away their identity cannot be published unless a court agrees.

It has been reported the kids were taken into care and changed their names after the traumatic incident which left them "deeply affected," according to The Sun.

Back in February 2008, the then nine-year-old went missing from her home in Dewsbury, Yorkshire.

For over three weeks, cops searched for the youngster, her local community put out missing posters and the public waited anxiously for news.

During this time, Shannon's mum Karen Matthews and partner Craig Meehan gave tearful interviews that tugged at the heartstrings, pleading for the little girl's safe return.

But then on March 14 – 24 days after she was reported missing – cops found her.

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Little Shannon had been hidden in the base of divan bed in a filthy flat in nearby Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, belonging to Michael Donovan – the uncle of Karen's boyfriend Craig.

It was later revealed that Shannon had been drugged and tethered to the bed and ceiling in a bizarre kidnap plot to claim a £50,000 reward.

After Shannon was whisked away from Donovan's house of horrors, she was immediately placed under the emergency protection of police and social services.

Cops then spent weeks questioning her about her time in captivity, which involved specially trained officers talking to her in 10-minute sessions in a room designed to look like a classroom.

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Her maternal grandparents June and Gordon Matthews revealed in 2017 they had seen a picture of her and she is "beautiful".

But Shannon has not had contact with anyone from her old life, including her six siblings who were nearly all born to different fathers.

It is thought the other children were also in care following Karen Matthews' trial.

Karen Matthews and Michael Donovan were found guilty of kidnapping, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice.

In 2009 both were sentenced to eight years in prison.

Karen was released in 2012 after serving half her sentence.

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