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Kate and Gerry McCann were advised against donating to Shannon Matthews fund by police

The McCanns were prepared to donate £25,000 to the Shannon Matthews fund before police advised them against it

When nine-year-old Shannon Matthews went missing in 2008 from her home in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, people couldn't help but compare the terrible situation to little Madeleine McCann, who disappeared less than a year earlier on holiday in Portugal.

Maddie's mum, Kate McCann, felt so distraught for the Matthews family that she was preparing to donate a rather hefty sum of money to the fund to find her.

Kate McCann wanted to help Karen Matthews (Credit: Getty Images)

But of course, this turned out to be a money-making scam when little Shannon was found drugged and hidden in a divan bed less than a month later at the hands of her own mother, Karen Matthews.

Speaking to The Sun, a source close to Kate said: "She was deeply upset by Shannon's abduction and felt sorry for the family. She wanted to help."

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However, when a trustee contacted the police to find out whose name to put on the cheque, they were shocked to find that the police actually recommended that they did NOT donate the money - as they had evidence on Karen.

The police advised the McCanns against donating as they had evidence on Karen (Credit: Getty Images)

Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for the McCann family, said: "Police advised us not to hand over money.

"We heard things had come to light in investigations. It is beyond belief anyone could've sought to exploit poor Madeleine's plight."

This also comes after we found out last week that Karen had slammed Kate as a "dreadful mother".

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Karen called Kate a "dreadful mother" (Credit: Rex Features)

Julie Bushby, a friend and ex-neighbour of Karen, revealed to MailOnline that on an occasion when visiting her in prison, Karen had made some rather harsh comments towards the McCanns.

According to Julie, Karen said: "I've been judged and I'm paying for it but Maddie's mother was bad too. At least my daughter was never left alone!

"We're too lower class for them but we can still have an opinion. There seems to be one rule for them and another for us but she was a dreadful mum.

"She left one, two, three babies alone while she was out eating and drinking with her mates. My Shannon was kept away from her family but she was never left alone."

Karen served only four years of her prison sentence (Credit: Getty Images)

Thank goodness the police stepped in!

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