The mother of Shannon Matthews has been convicted, along with her boyfriend’s uncle, of kidnapping her nine-year-old daughter in an unlikely plot to keep thousands of pounds in reward money.

Karen Matthews hatched the plan with Michael Donovan, who took her to his flat where she was imprisoned for 24 days in February while her mother made emotional appeals for her return.

The jury at Leeds Crown Court today found the pair guilty on all the charges made against them. They have both been convicted of kidnapping, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice.

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