Britain’s worst mum Karen Matthews spotted out shopping in MOTHERCARE as daughter Shannon celebrates 20th birthday

BRITAIN’S worst mum Karen Matthews was spotted shopping in Mothercare — as daughter Shannon celebrates her 20th birthday today.

Matthews, 43, was seen trawling through toys and baby-grows in a town in the south of England where she relocated after her prison release.

Karen Matthews, 43, was seen shopping in Mothercare last week. Here she is pictured in May
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The mum-of-seven was jailed for eight years in 2008 after staging the abduction of her daughter in a case that shocked the nation.

Shannon, then aged nine, was drugged and hidden under a bed as heartless Karen planned to cash in on reward money for finding her.

Matthews now goes under a new identity and was spotted shopping alone last week, the Mirror reported.

She wore a checked shirt and sunglasses while clutching a carrier bag and a SuperDry satchel.

Matthews was jailed in 2008 over her callous kidnap plot
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Later she was seen scoffing on a McDonalds on a public bench after shopping in Poundland.

Matthews was found guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting justice after her sickening abduction plot was unravelled.

Innocent Shannon — who turns 20 today — vanished from their home in Dewsbury Moor, West Yorks.

It sparked a month-long police hunt while hundreds of volunteers poured into the area in a desperate bid to find the girl.

Matthews was seen shamelessly making public appeals for information on her daughter’s whereabouts – despite knowing where she was all along.

Innocent Shannon, who turns 20 today, was drugged and hidden under a bed
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Police discovered the child drugged and tethered in the base of a bed in nearby Batley Kerr.

She was at the flat belonging to Michael Donovan — the uncle of Karen’s then-boyfriend Craig Meehan, who had nothing do with the snatch.

Matthews and Donovan devised the elaborate plot in a bid to claim the £50,000 reward money for finding Shannon.

Donovan was also jailed as Matthews’ accomplice.

Matthews was found guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting justice
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But callous mum Matthews insists she had nothing to do with the kidnap plot.

She told The Mirror in May: “From the start I didn’t know where she was. Others were involved. I didn’t have a clue.

“You can’t kidnap your own child. I know the truth and I wasn’t involved in it. I still have nightmares thinking that it’s all going to happen again.”


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