With a trendy, short hair-cut, Karen Matthews is trying her best to conceal her identity from the British public.
The 36-year-old no longer sports the long, greasy red hair which made her so recognisable to millions of disgusted people up and down the country.
The warped mum faked the kidnap of her own daughter Shannon in a bid to claim reward money and was jailed for the horrifying crime in 2008.
New look: With a trendy, short hair cut, Karen Matthews is trying her best to conceal her identity from the British public
And as these pictures show, Matthews is now strolling freely through the streets near her bail hostel in the Home Counties with a completely new look.
Clad in a cream coat and blue jeans, the ex-convict looked calm as she returned to her bail hostel following a trip out with another woman today.
According to The Sun, Matthews pays rent of just £28 per week which goes towards the annual £26,000 cost of her bed at the hostel.
The paper reported that the mum is being given step-by-step guidance on how to rebuild her life as a way of getting her back into society.
Warped: The 36-year-old no longer sports the long, greasy red hair which made her so recognisable to millions of disgusted people up and down the country. Her daughter Shannon is pictured left
The crime, carried out with 44-year-old Michael Donovan, saw her launch tearful pleas for help finding the nine-year-old, who she held captive for 24 days.
The mother of seven was freed from Foston Hall prison in Derbyshire last month and taken to a secret location believed to be within 30 miles of her former home in Dewsbury Moor, West Yorkshire.
Unlike Maxine Carr, who was jailed after the Soham murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, she has not been given a new identity including a new National Insurance number and passport.
Empty: The former home of Karen Matthews in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
It is not known if Matthews requested a new identity. But officials were so concerned that she would jeopardise it and her safety by failing to keep it a secret that they ruled it out.
Shocking: Matthews and her accomplice, Michael Donovan, 44, pictured, sparked a £3.2million police hunt when they kidnapped Shannon from her home
Matthews, whose children are now in care, will remain on licence for the rest of her sentence. During that time she must observe strict rules or face being returned to jail.
After her release, Matthews was taken to a safe house.
A source said at the time: ‘She won’t be allowed out on her own and won’t be allowed to sign on like other offenders. She’ll be held in secure conditions to make sure that she does not come to any harm.’
Matthews and her accomplice, Michael Donovan, 44, sparked a £3.2million police hunt when they kidnapped Shannon from her home.
A tearful Matthews made TV appeals pleading with her daughter’s abductor to set her free and hundreds of local people helped search for the girl.
Shannon was found by police 24 days later in Donovan’s flat a mile away, hidden in a compartment under a bed. Donovan, who was also jailed for eight years, was also released last month.
INNOCENT parents will ALWAYS call out and search for their child , ALWAYS. Those who are GUILTY use the media to spin their LIES . HEALY did not search nor did she call out for her daughter!
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