THE sister of Shannon Matthews’ kidnapper claims she urged police to check him out during one of the biggest manhunts in the country.
Mick Donovan’s family have spoken out for the first time since police began searching for Shannon Matthews in 2008.
His sister, who asked not to be named, has claimed she told West Yorkshire Police on the first day of the manhunt to “check on my brother”, as reported in The Mirror.
In a shocking new documentary, The Man Who Take Shannon, which airs next Thursday on Channel 5, she claimed: “None of them believed me when I said, ‘Go to his house.’
“The day Shannon went missing I heard the radio and it said a child by her name had gone missing.
“I knew he had her.
“All I could think of… he’s done it before… What if he…?”
“I called the police and said, ‘Please look at my brother.’ I didn’t get any response from them…they didn’t care or believe me.”
According to her, the £3.2million search could have been completed within the first 24 hours, but instead it took a total of 24 days to find Shannon.
A second relative, who also wished to remain anonymous, said he became suspicious of Mick after asking to borrow children’s DVDs.
He claimed he told Crimestoppers after the search began: “I thought it was a bit strange.
“I thought he had Shannon, so word went around. He wouldn’t let me in.”
Police eventually found the nine-year-old drugged and held hostage under Donovan’s bed at his flat in Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, West Yorks.
The discovery came after the force listened to this worried relative after he told them: “They want to go to Mick Donovan… he’s related to Craig Meehan [Karen’s ex].”
Investigations soon revealed that Shannon’s mother, Karen Matthews, and Donovan had planned the kidnapping to receive £50,000 for “finding” her.
The 33-year-old was sentenced to eight years in prison alongside Donovan at Leeds Crown Court in 2009 on charges of false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice.
But Matthews, dubbed Britain’s worst mother, was released in 2012 after serving just half her sentence.
Her accomplice also left the same year, but the 40-year-old was recalled shortly thereafter.
Although his sentence ended in 2016, his family has confirmed that he is now in a psychiatric facility.
However, West Yorkshire Police have firmly denied the claims made by Donovan’s sister.
A spokesman said they had “conducted a thorough investigation into the kidnapping.
“The records do not support this account of a call to police on 02/19/2008.”
A spokesman for Crimestoppers said: “Our charity takes information about crimes completely anonymously. Personal data is never requested or stored.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6829582/shannon-matthews-kidnapping-mother-donovan-documentary/ My brother kidnapped Shannon Matthews – I warned the police he might have her on day one and no one listened