The mother of Shannon Matthews has been remanded in custody after she appeared before magistrates accused of repeatedly concealing information about the whereabouts of her daughter.

Karen Matthews, 32, appeared in court at Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, flanked by security guards for the 13-minute hearing.

Matthews was charged on Tuesday night with perverting the course of justice and child neglect following her arrest on Sunday evening. She was remanded in custody until April 16 when she will appear via a videolink at Leeds Crown Court.

Shannon, nine, went missing from Dewsbury Moor on February 19 following a school swimming trip.

She was found in the base of a bed at an address just a mile from her home after a 24-day police search involving more than 300 officers.

Matthews, of Moorside Road, Dewsbury Moor, was led handcuffed into the dock and spoke only to confirm her personal details. Throughout the proceedings she looked at the district judge, Jonathan Bennett, and only glanced at the public gallery near the end of the hearing.

The perverting the course of justice charge alleges she "repeatedly concealed information in relation to the whereabouts of Shannon Matthews in interviews and other contacts with officers with the West Yorkshire Police and claimed to have no knowledge of her whereabouts."

Matthews is the latest family member to be arrested in connection with her daughter's disappearance.

Michael Donovan, of Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, was arrested on March 14, after Shannon was found in his flat. He was later charged with Shannon's kidnap and false imprisonment and is in custody awaiting trial at Leeds Crown Court on November 11. The 39-year-old, formerly known as Paul Drake, is the uncle of Matthews' partner Craig Meehan.

Last week, Meehan's sister, Amanda Hyett, 25, who lives next door to Shannon's mother, and his mother, Alice Meehan, 49, were both arrested in connection with the alleged abduction. Mrs Hyett was questioned on suspicion of assisting an offender and Mrs Meehan on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.