THE kidnapping of Shannon Matthews was one that shook the nation after the act was planned by her own mother.
At the time, her mother, Karen Matthews, was dating Craig Meehan — who was not involved in the kidnapping.
Who is Craig Meehan?
Craig Meehan is a convicted pedophile and the ex-boyfriend of Karen Matthews.
The supermarket fishmonger shared a house with Matthews, who has been described as “Britain’s most hated mother”, for around five years.
They lived on the Dewsbury Moor estate in West Yorkshire – just a mile from where Shannon was found in Batley Carr.
Meehan was never charged in connection with the nine-year-old’s kidnapping.
Was Craig Meehan involved in the kidnapping of Shannon Matthews?
Meehan was not involved in Shannon’s kidnapping.
He was charged and found guilty of possessing child molestation images after detectives seized computer equipment from the home they shared at the time in Dewsbury.
Meehan, then 22, was jailed for 20 weeks in 2008.
What relationship did Craig Meehan have with Karen Matthews?
Meehan and Matthews were in a relationship for five years.
The couple were together when Matthews plotted with his uncle Michael Donovan to kidnap their daughter.
Meehan met the mother-of-seven, who has children with five different men, when he was little more than a boy.
The boy used to hang out on the street outside their house when Matthews was in his late 20s.
They had been together for about four years when Shannon disappeared and stayed together until Matthews’ trial.
During the cruel mother’s trial for child neglect and perversion of justice, Meehan continued to profess his love for her.
He told the court they had a “pretty good relationship” but said Matthews suspected he was cheating on her with a colleague at the supermarket.
Matthews initially shared a similar story, but soon changed its tune entirely.
Testifying in court, Matthews attempted to portray Meehan as a violent rapist and attempted to frame him for Shannon’s kidnapping.
Where did Craig Meehan live?
Meehan has been transferred five times since his release from prison in 2008.
He initially found a home in Keighley, West Yorkshire but was relocated after an attack.
Housing authorities found him alternative accommodation in the city, but he was again exposed and moved 20 miles to a village near Huddersfield.
But his stay in the prosperous village was short-lived when horrified residents discovered Meehan was in the area.
He then moved back to Dewsbury.
Where is Craig Meehan now?
Meehan was exposed living just 100 yards from a primary school in Dewsbury.
He had lived in a tiny terraced house on a quiet street popular with families, only a few yards from a school.
The house was near the home he was sharing with Matthews and Shannon at the time of their kidnapping.
More on the Shannon Matthews case
Meehan – who is on the sex offender registry – was spotted by angry locals and confronted with a father whose children are in school.
Many residents were shocked that the pedophile was placed back in the city where he is “well known”.
Now the 30-year-old has been relocated again.
It is the fifth time he has found alternative housing after his release from prison in 2008.
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