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Tia: Police Interview Gran's Boyfriend
Police have interviewed the boyfriend of missing 12-year-old Tia Sharp's grandmother as a witness in the case.
Two men in plain clothes were seen entering the house before leaving a short time later with Stuart Hazell who got into a black car with them, which then drove off.
Sky News sources said Mr Hazell, who lives with Tia's grandmother Christine Sharp, 46, was interviewed as a witness and had not been arrested.
He later returned to the home in New Addington, Croydon, south London.
Tia was last seen at or near the house and police teams have searched the building, along with the surrounding area, including woodland, a school and garages.
At a press conference this afternoon police revealed that a member of the public had reported seeing Tia leaving her grandmother's home at midday on Friday.
The witness told detectives that Tia was alone when she left the house, but it was unclear where she was going.
The youngster has not been seen since and more than 80 officers are involved in the search for her.
Metropolitan Police Area Commander Neil Basu told a press conference that officers still hoped to find Tia alive and well.
He said that officers had been redirected from Olympics duty to help in the investigation and sniffer dogs and forensic teams were also involved.
Mr Basu said Scotland Yard has received more than 300 calls and 60 reported sightings of Tia.
"A member of the public has come forward and they say they saw Tia on the estate on the day she disappeared," he said.
This morning, two police search teams were briefed and began searching a wooded area at the bottom of the estate, around 400 yards from her grandmother's home.
Later, two officers with a police search dog searched the terraced home for 30 minutes shortly after the family were given an inquiry update by Detective Chief Inspector Nick Scola.
He emerged from the house and told reporters: "I have been in to see the family and update them with details of the investigation.
"Of those details there is nothing I can share with you at the moment."
Mr Hazell was, according to the family, the last person to see Tia before she left the house.
Some newspapers this morning reported details of Mr Hazell's background, which could fuel tensions on the estate, Brunt added.
As the search continues, members of her local community have pledged to do all they can to help find her.
Tia's stepfather David Niles said the family were "in bits", adding: "I just want to find my little girl."
Mr Niles, wearing a Find Tia campaign T-shirt, said: "How would you feel if it was your daughter? We're in bits. The whole country has helped us and is supporting us."
The Sun newspaper has offered a £25,000 reward for information that will lead to police finding Tia.
Tia vanished after telling relatives she was going to the Whitgift Centre in Croydon town centre.
Police have been scouring hours of CCTV footage but said they had not found any trace of the schoolgirl, who has never gone missing before.
Hundreds of "missing" posters have been distributed around New Addington and Tia's face looks out from most local shops and noticeboards.