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Shannon case review to stay private

It's emerged that the full facts over how social services and other agencies dealt with Shannon Matthews' family in the years leading up to her abduction will never be made public - to protect Shannon and her siblings.

It's claimed that publishing the precise details of a serious case review into Shannon's kidnapping by her mother and uncle, would put the youngsters' welfare at risk. Lisa Adlam reports.


"Kidnap" teenager pleads for help

Adam and mother Rebecca in happier times Credit: Family photo

Thirteen year old Adam Jones who claims he's being held against his will be relatives in Qatar has made an emotional home video in which he begs for help. He longs to be reunited with his Sheffield born mother, Rebecca Chapman, who is only allowed to visit him twice a week from her home in Bahrain.

Rebecca says she lost custody of Adam after being duped into signing legal papers in Arabic. She was told they were to update Adam's inheritance rights, after the death of his father. But in reality they paved the way for Adam's uncle and other relatives to claim custody of him.


Bradford honour crime

Three members of the same family, who kidnapped and drugged a young woman in an honour based crime have been convicted in court.

23-year-old Naila Afsar left her home in Bradford in 2009 to avoid a forced marriage to her cousin. She then met and married a man in Newcastle.

In January 2010 Naila went to her sister's home in Accrington and two days later she was given a drink, which was laced with a sedative. She became nauseated and drowsy before being put into a car, which was discovered by police the next day.

Her mother, 56-year-old Shamim Akhtar, was found guilty of false imprisonment, kidnap at a trial in Preston. Her brother 32-year-old Shamrez Khan and 34-year-old Zahid Mahmood pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, kidnap and administering a drug with intent to commit an indictable offence.

This has been a long and complicated enquiry which has involved a number of members of the same family. It has been particularly traumatic for the victim who has been forced into hiding to escape abuse from her family.

It has been a horrendous ordeal for the young woman who has been treated in the most dreadful way by the people who were supposed to protect and care for her. She has shown immense courage in coming forward and officers have been supporting her throughout the investigation.

– Detective Inspector Mark Vaughton, Lancashire Constabulary