Shannon Matthews’ childhood best friend spoke for the first time on a Channel 5 documentary series.
Megan Aldridge shares her grief in The Disappearance of Shannon Matthews, which begins Wednesday February 10, 2021.
Everything you need to know is here.
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What happened to Shannon?
In 2008, Karen Matthews “kidnapped” her own daughter, Shannon, and sparked a nationwide search.
Initially, Karen and Michael Donovan planned to kidnap Shannon and defraud the nation.
The couple hoped to receive the £ 50,000 reward for their safe return.
Shannon rose to fame in the UK involuntarily when she was “missing” on February 19, 2008.
Compared to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it became a major police operation for missing people.
Karen and Michael sedated Shannon and hid her in a sofa bed in Michael’s house.
The police found Shannon after 24 days.
Eventually, Karen and Michael spent time in jail for their crimes.
The disappearance of Shannon Matthews on Channel 5
The Disappearance of Shannon Matthews is a two-part documentary.
It investigates the disappearance of nine-year-old Shannon Matthews in Yorkshire in 2008.
The investigation gripped the nation.
The series features exclusive interviews with Shannon’s best friend at the time, Megan Aldridge.
It also speaks to the police officers who found her and members of the local community.
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Shannon Matthew’s best friend: what did Megan say?
Megan Aldridge first spoke to Channel 5 about the disappearance of her then best friend.
She is visibly emotional during the interview as she describes her grief never to see Shannon again.
Social Services took care of Shannon with her six siblings.
Megan says, “I really hope she’s living the life she wanted now.
“After everything she’s been through, she deserves to be happy.”
She adds, “I have literally lost my best friend. The only person I wanted to talk to and be around. “
Megan has not seen Shannon since then, as Shannon has a new identity for her own protection.
She says, “It was angry and it’s still that I’ll never see her.”
At the time, a nine-year-old Megan was seen crying at a press conference after Shannon went missing.
She was asked by the police to think of places for Shannon to hide.
What else is said in the documentation?
Julie Bushby led the community search for nine-year-old Shannon.
She now believes the case should be “put to bed” for Karen and her daughter.
She says, “Karen made a big mistake. She lost everything as a result.
“She lives a lonely life now.
“Twelve years after I think everyone should get it to bed now and let Karen get on with their lives, let the kids get on with their lives, and the property get on with their lives. And just let it die. “
Julie was a local friend of Karen’s and admits that Karen “failed the whole ward”.
Meanwhile, Detective Constable Paul Kettlewell travels back to Michael Donovan’s apartment to replay the moment he hid Shannon under a bed, tied him up with a rope, and drugged him.
He says, “I couldn’t believe I found her. We had Shannon and she was alive, I just couldn’t believe it. “
The Shannon Matthews disappearance begins Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9 p.m. on Channel 5.
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