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Woman appears in court accused of baby kidnapping

A 41-year-old woman has appeared in court charged with the kidnapping of a nine-week-old baby in Telford.

Police launched an urgent manhunt for the boy who was found hours later Credit: ITV News Central

Police launched an urgent manhunt after the baby boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was abducted from his home on Wednesday 24th.

The baby was found safe and well hours later.

Today Kelly Mahon appeared at Telford Magistrates Court and spoke only to confirm her name.

Mahon was remanded in custody until an appearance at Shrewsbury Crown Court on 25 March.

A second woman who was also arrested has been released without charge.

Woman charged over Telford baby abduction

The abduction happened in Shropshire Credit: ITV News Central

A woman has been charged as part of a police investigation into the abduction of a 9-week-old baby boy in Arleston in Telford on Wednesday.

41-year-old Kelly Mahon from John Broad Avenue in Arleston was arrested on the afternoon of the abduction and has since been charged with kidnap.

She will appear at Telford Magistrates' Court today.

No further action is being taken against a 53-year-old woman who was also arrested in connection to the investigation.

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Woman released without charged over baby abduction

One woman arrested as part of an investigation into the abduction of a child in Telford has been released from police custody without charge.

Yesterday (Wednesday 24 February) two women from Telford, aged 41 and 53, were arrested on suspicion of child abduction. After a detailed investigation, detectives are satisfied that the 53-year-old was not responsible for the abduction of the child and no further action will be taken against her.

The 41-year-old woman arrested remains in police custody.

Although the investigation is still ongoing, we are content that the 53-year-old woman is no longer a suspect. I want to reassure the public, Arleston residents and the family of the little boy who was taken that we continue to take this matter very seriously. We are keeping the family up-to-date with any developments and continue to support them through what has been an incredibly distressing time. "

– Detective Inspector Mo Lansdale

Woman 'distracted' mother before taking baby, neighbour says

A neighbour of the mother of the nine-week-old baby who was taken from his home in Telford has said that the woman who took the child 'distracted' his mother by telling her one of her boys had been knocked over.

While the baby's mother went to check the neighbour claims the woman took the baby.

Nine-week-old baby boy missing in Telford

A 9-week old baby boy has been taken from his home address in Manor Road in Arleston, Telford.

The baby was wearing a blue woollen jacket and a cream baby-gro with a teddy bear on the left hand side.

It is thought the child may be in the company of a white woman with dyed reddish brown hair, which she wore off her face, and is around 5ft 5ins tall.

She is also thought to have a lump under her nose and a gap between her front teeth. She is believed to be between 30 and 40 years of age. She was last seen wearing an army green zip-up jacket and a small black bag over her shoulder.

If anyone has any information at all please call police on 101.

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Pick up parts, pieces, riding gear and accessories this weekend. Credit: TIM BRITTON

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Five jailed for 'evil' drug trade

Five people have been sentenced for their part in a major drugs operation in Shropshire.

Operation Sift centred on Telford and the police used undercover officers to pose as drug-users to capture the dealers and their accomplices.

All were involved in what the judge called an evil trade Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A total of 59 people have appeared in court.

In the final stage today a mother was jailed for her part in the deals in which she sent much of the proceeds of the deals to Jamaica.

Sharon Anne Campbell, 43, who has an 8-year-old daughter, allowed her home in Telford to be used for drug dealing, she was jailed for 10 years for money laundering and supplying cocaine and heroin.

Courtney Hamilton of Wolverhampton was jailed for 8 years and Garfield Paul Patterson on Telford, 9 years. Two others received 18-month sentences.

All were involved in what the judge called an evil trade which relied on people becoming addicted to drugs. The case was heard at Birmingham Crown Court.

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