Locals claim to offer £15 ‘tours’ of Moorside estate where Karen Matthews faked kidnap plot and kept daughter Shannon hidden in Divan bed

GHOULISH locals are apparently offering £15 tours of the Moorside estate where vile Karen Matthews faked the kidnapping of her daughter.

Some residents on the West Yorkshire estate claim they are taking those gripped by new BBC drama The Moorside on a whistle-stop tour of key addresses.

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Locals are offering tours of the Moorside where Karen Matthews faked the kidnapping of her daughter
The cast of the BBC drama The Moorside, which stars Sheridan Smith as Julie Bushby and Gemma Whelan as Karen Matthews

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The cast of the BBC drama The Moorside, which stars Sheridan Smith as Julie Bushby and Gemma Whelan as Karen MatthewsFor £15, tourists will be shown the Matthews family home and Michael Donovan’s flat where nine-year-old Shannon was drugged and hidden in a divan bed.

The ghoulish tour also includes seeing the home of Julie Bushby – played by Sheridan Smith in the programme – and the community centre where she coordinated the month-long search.

The police station where Matthews was charged with the fake abduction of her daughter is also on the itinerary.

Shannon's mum Karen Matthews turned out to be behind her disappearance, concocting an evil kidnap plot in an attempt to get her hands on the reward money

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Shannon’s mum Karen Matthews turned out to be behind her disappearance, concocting an evil kidnap plot in an attempt to get her hands on the reward money
Tourists can see the home where Shannon was kept drugged and hidden for almost a month

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Tourists can see the home where Shannon was kept drugged and hidden for almost a month
They can also see the Matthews family home

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They can also see the Matthews family home
And the community centre where locals mounted the search for Shannon

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And the community centre where locals mounted the search for Shannon

A resident on the estate in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, said: “I’ll show you all the sights. Give us £15 and I’ll take you round and show you where everyone lives.”

Asked if he’d had any takers, the man in his 30s revealed: “Me and me mate have taken a couple of people round.

“They said they’d come over from Leeds to see the street and that. There’s been quite a few people driving up and down so we thought we’d stop folk and offer our services.”

BBC bosses filmed two-part The Moorside starring Gemma Whelan as Matthews on an estate in nearby Bradford.

The new drama retells the story of Shannon’s abduction and follows the search efforts to find the young girl.

The police station where Matthews was charged is on the tour

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The police station where Matthews was charged is on the tourMatthews, who was pictured yesterday working in a charity shop, now lives hundreds of miles away.

The mum-of-seven was freed after serving just half of the eight-year sentence she was given for her part in the kidnap plot.

Donovan, 48, was released a few weeks before Matthews.

[Source:-The Sun]