Page last updated at 22:29 GMT, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 23:29 UK

Police warning to Shannon estate

Karen Matthews leaving Dewsbury Police Station ahead of her court appearance
Karen Matthews faces two charges over Shannon's disappearance

Leaflets warning people not to take the law into their own hands over the Shannon Matthews inquiry have been circulated by police.

The leaflets have been handed out in Dewsbury Moor, the home of Karen Matthews who appeared in court charged over her daughter's disappearance.

The leaflet reads: "Please do not take the law into your own hands and leave police to do their job."

The house where Shannon, nine, lived with her mother has been boarded up.

A spokesman for Kirklees Council refused to comment on the operation to board up the property.

A large number of the community arrived at Dewsbury Magistrates Court earlier to see Ms Matthews remanded in custody until 16 April.

She faces charges of child neglect and perverting the course of justice in connection with the disappearance of Shannon on 19 February for 24 days.

Karen Matthews' house being boarded up by council workers
Karen Matthews' house in Dewsbury has been boarded up

Part of the leaflet reads: "It is important that the community does not jump to any conclusions about people who may be involved in this inquiry."

The house where Shannon lived has now been boarded up by police.

Julie Poskitt, Karen Matthews' sister, said: "I'm gutted - really, really upset and thinking what people out there might think of me.

"I'm cut up. It is something out of a book."

Shannon went missing after leaving a local swimming pool with fellow pupils at Moorside Junior School.

During the search West Yorkshire Police described it as the largest missing persons hunt it had ever conducted.

Officers scoured waste land, ponds and searched homes and gardens for three weeks until the schoolgirl was discovered at a house in Ligate Gardens, Batley Carr.

Michael Donovan, 39, the man who lived at the house and the uncle of Ms Matthews' boyfriend Craig Meehan, was charged with kidnap and abduction. He is now awaiting trial.

Meanwhile Mr Meehan, 22, has been charged with possessing indecent images of children.

His sister, 25-year-old Amanda Hyett, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Mr Meehan's mother, 49-year-old Alice, was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

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