March 15th, 2008

Out of the Woodwork

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

It’s great news that 9-year-old Shannon Matthews has been found alive. There can’t be many of us who thought after nearly a month she would be found alive.

In the biggest operation for quite some time, hundreds of officers & many thousands of man hours have led to her being discovered in the house of an uncle of her step-father. The surprising part is that she’s alive. What’s not so surprising is that "A local MEP demanded to know why Donovan had not been questioned sooner, saying that relatives were often involved in cases of this kind."

Self-appointed expert on policework & missing people, Edward McMillan-Scott, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, said statistics should have led police to check all family members more comprehensively. He said: "In more than three out of four cases like this a family member is involved so a thorough search would have included the suspect in this case." These quotes are taken from the Daily Mail, which then went on to say "Mr McMillan-Scott said he would not criticise police without knowing the full facts about the case but had requested a meeting with officers in West Yorkshire." Er, I think you’ve already criticised the police without knowing the facts.

I’m sure the next few days will see others crawling out of the woodwork to blame the police for not finding her sooner. I wonder how many will come out to criticise a family whose lifestyle is such that at the age of 32 a woman has seven children by five different fathers.

I never let my kids walk home alone at the age of 9.


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  1. nightjack says:

    I am a cynical, long in the tooth detective so obviously I tend to think the worst of everyone in this sort of situation.

    I am trying to suspend judgement on the adults involved at the moment but an EPPO is not a very normal response on finding an abducted child. That says most to me.

    I am wondering in an idle moment if she hasn’t been with her real Daddy all the time. No it couldn’t be. No chance of that happening at all.

    Either way, the press are going to turn on somebody. Its our turn now but I sense that the attacks on the family are not far off now. “Good” journalists will have sorted out all ends of the story and there’s enough for them to run it out over a week.

    March 15th, 2008 at 21:09

  2. Bev and Lucy says:

    I feel for the police in this case. It seems to me – a lay person – to be a very complicated one due to the extended family. Also have to agree with a point you made; there is absolutely no way that I would let a 9 year old child of mine walk to or from school alone.

    It makes me cross that someone has to have someone to blame. Surely it should make people happy that she has been found alive?

    You are right though nightjack the journalists have their weeks’ news sorted. What’s the betting that the sleeze doesn’t start to come out in a certain Sunday Newspaper? There’s lots to come out about that family yet, that’s for certain. Goodness I sound a right snob – sorry!

    March 15th, 2008 at 23:02

  3. Ambulance Man says:

    A good point well made. Let him walk a mile in your shoes?

    March 16th, 2008 at 02:07

  4. Emma says:

    But then we wouldn’t 200 that’s the difference and always will be as far as I am concerned..xx

    March 17th, 2008 at 21:45

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