The Disappearance of Shannon Matthews documentary divided viewers last night (February 10), as some accused Channel 5 of “dragging up the past”.
The two-part series follows the story of nine-year-old Shannon Matthews, who was kidnapped by members of her own family in 2008.
At the time, the investigation gripped the nation.
However, a number of viewers believe the story should be left firmly in the past.
On Twitter, they criticised Channel 5 for “dragging up” the little girl’s disappearance once again.
The Disappearance of Shannon Matthews: What did viewers say?
One said: “Why is this even being made? The poor girl has enough trauma, she doesn’t need it all dragged up again after 13 years #ShannonMatthews.”
A second wrote: “Disappointing that @channel5 are sensationalising the #ShannonMatthews story. Poor Shannon continues to be victimised 13 years on.”
In addition, a third shared: “Everyone is tweeting about Shannon Matthews and it’s heartbreaking.
“Yes, it’s a story people will keep bringing up but you’re constantly pulling at the girl’s wounds and those of her siblings whose lives were also torn apart. For their sakes should this not be left alone??”
Meanwhile, others couldn’t help but sympathise for Shannon and her siblings.
Everyone is tweeting about Shannon Matthews and it’s heartbreaking. Yes it’s a story people will keep bringing up but you’re constantly pulling at the girls wounds and those of her siblings whose lives were also torn apart. For their sakes should this not be left alone??
— 💙 Kathryn Jayne 💙 (@KittyCat1603) February 10, 2021
‘I wish them all well’
Following the case, the High Court granted Shannon lifelong anonymity.
Her siblings also received anonymity for life due to a court order banning their identities from ever being revealed.
Poor Shannon continues to be victimised 13 years on.
One wrote on Twitter: “I often wonder how Shannon and her siblings are coping now… wherever they are, I wish them all well. So sad.”
Furthermore, a second said: “Reminder that Shannon and her siblings are completely innocent. I hope and pray that they are happy and safe now.”
Another added: “I hope her kids are in a safe and better place and living fulfilling lives, and not disturbed by their abhorrent childhood!”
A third tweeted: “Vile people. Hope Shannon and her siblings are doing well and have had the therapy & support.”
Channel 5 said it “won’t be commenting on this” when approached by ED!
Where is Karen Matthews?
Meanwhile, Karen had plotted with Michael Donovan to kidnap her daughter Shannon, and dupe the nation.
Luckily, police found Shannon alive and well on March 14 2008 after 24 days.
The pair had drugged Shannon with sedatives and hid her in the base of a divan bed at Michael’s house.
They were sentenced to eight years imprisonment following a trial at Leeds Crown Court.
However, they walked free in 2012, having served half their sentences.
Since then, Karen has had no contact with her daughter Shannon, or any of her other six children.
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