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  • 5 February 2013, 16:53

Tia Sharp: Neighbour Charged Over Murder Hunt

A neighbour of the grandmother of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp has been charged with wasting police time.

Paul Meehan, 40, from Croydon, south London, will appear at Croydon Magistrates' Court on February 28.

Tia's body was found in the loft of her grandmother Christine Sharp's house in New Addington in August last year, more than a week after she went missing.

Christine Sharp's boyfriend, Stuart Hazell, is charged with murderingTia between August 2 and 11.

A plea hearing has been listed for March 8 at the Old Bailey, and a trial date has been set for May 7.

Christine Sharp was arrested on suspicion of murder but in December she was told she would face no further action in relation to the case.

The disappearance of the schoolgirl sparked a huge search around the Croydon area with family members leading the campaign.

Police officers had previously visited Christine Sharp's home, but it was only days into the search that Tia's body was discovered hidden in the loft.

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