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Disgraced mum Karen Matthews plans to escape limelight by fleeing abroad to start a new life in SPAIN

Disgraced mum Karen Matthews plans to escape limelight by fleeing abroad to start a new life in SPAIN

Despised mum-of-seven Matthews is looking for a move after being abused in the street

KAREN Matthews has applied for a passport after telling a pal she’s planning to flee Britain for a new life in Spain.

The kidnapper had wanted to go live in Spain after being released from prison in 2012 but was barred by probation bosses.

Karen Matthews was jailed for eight years for her part in faking the kidnap of her daughter, Shannon in 2008

Disgraced Karen now wants to flee to Spain following abuse for her role in the kidnap of her daughter Shannon

She was still on licence for four years following her being freed half-way through her eight-year jail term.

That licence has now expired and she’s free to travel abroad and last night a friend revealed she was looking at start again in the sun.

The source revealed: “She knows she can never avoid her past and with this new drama programme on the telly she’s realised that living abroad might be a better option for her.”

The source added: “She can probably get a job out there and enjoy a better life than always looking over her shoulder. She’s applied for a passport now and that’s the first step towards leaving the UK for good.”

Matthews, 41, is living in the south of England but BBC1 show The Moorside has led to her being abused in the street, with one woman throwing a portion of peas over her head.

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