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Last Updated: Friday April 18 2008 18:43 GMT

Police arrest Shannon's mum's ex

Shannon Matthews

The ex-boyfriend of Shannon Matthews' mum has been arrested by police investigating the nine-year-old's disappearance.

Craig Meehan, 22, was arrested on Thursday, on suspicion of hindering the inquiry into why Shannon went missing.

Her mum, Karen Matthews, has been charged with child neglect and hindering police inquiries.

Michael Donovan, 39, has been charged with taking Shannon away. Both him and Ms Matthews are being held by police.

Shannon went missing on 19 February, and was found 24 days later less than a mile from her home in Dewsbury.