Leeds & West Yorkshire

Shannon Matthews report High Court case halted

Shannon Matthews
Image caption Nine-year-old Shannon was found after a 24-day search

A judge has halted a court case reviewing the decision to publish a report on the case of abducted schoolgirl Shannon Matthews.

Legal action by her father Leon Rose in the High Court stopped after "powerful" new "welfare material" was produced.

Mr Justice Holman granted an adjournment to Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board.

The board will now consider whether the fresh information affects its decision to publish the documents.

If the board then still intends to publish the information the case will be re-opened at the High Court.

Mr Justice Holman, sitting in London, was told the original intention was not to publish the full review, but for publication of a "redacted overview" document.

Shannon's father, Leon Rose, says publication would cause his daughter "upheaval".

Shannon disappeared from her home in Dewsbury Moor, West Yorkshire, for more than three weeks in February 2008.

Her mother, Karen, was jailed for eight years for her part in the abduction.

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