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37 Year Old British Man Charged In The Murder Of His 12 Year Grandaughter

Stuart Hazell, 37, has been charged with
the murder of 12-year-old Tia Sharp, the granddaughter of his partner,
Christine Sharp. Photograph:

Stuart Hazell, the man accused of murdering the missing schoolgirl Tia Sharp is to appear in court .

37, will appear via videolink at Camberwell Green magistrates' court
charged with the murder of 12-year-old Tia, who was missing for a week
before her body was discovered in her grandmother's house in New
Addington, south-east London, last Friday.Tensions in the community of New Addington are running high as the investigation into the murder continues.

was charged in the early hours of Sunday morning with the murder of the
12-year-old, who was last seen on Friday 3 August at the house Hazell
shared with her grandmother, Christine Sharp, 46.Sharp, who was also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on police bail. She has not been charged.

Sharp, 30, Tia's mother, and the girl's biological father, Steven
Carter, visited the rapidly expanding shrine on Sunday. The child's
mother left an orchid, a teddy bear, and a card that read: "Our baby
girl, we love you very much, always will. Sorry baby that this should
have happened. I wish I was there to protect you. We know you're safe
now and you are home with us everywhere we go."Paul Meehan, 39, a
neighbour, was arrested on suspicion of aiding an offender and has also
been released on police bail. He has not been charged.No formal
identification of the body found at 20 The Lindens, on the New Addington
estate near Croydon, south-east London, has been made but Scotland Yard
said the victim was named in the murder charge as Tia Sharp.The
postmortem investigation, which was halted Saturday evening, was
expected to resume on Sunday to provide more details of how the child
died. It was likely to continue some time in the coming week, Scotland
Yard said, adding that the decision on when to restart would be left to
the pathologist.More than 80 officers were involved in the search
for Tia after her mother reported her missing on 3 August. But it took
four searches of her grandmother's home before officers found her.Scotland
Yard has admitted that due to human error a specialist search team did
not discover the body in the early hours of last Sunday morning when
they examined the house; the search included the location where Tia was
later discovered, which is understood to be the loft.It was only
when another full forensic examination was carried out on Friday
afternoon that the body was found, and the hunt for Hazell began. He was
arrested at 8.25pm in Merton, after he was spotted by several members
of the public.Scotland Yard has publicly admitting its failings
over the search of Christine Sharp's home. Commander Neil Basu
apologised to Natalie Sharp for the length of time it took to find her
daughter's body. He said the force was doing a "review and examination"
of its search processes to ensure such errors were not repeated. Over
the weekend Basu gave more details of the three failed searches over the
last week.Basu said: "It is important that we explain more about
the circumstances of the searches. Four scene examinations were
conducted of the property. The first followed immediately from the
missing person report that was received on Friday 3 August. An initial
visit was made to assess the situation and examine the property. This
visit was not regarded or viewed as a full search of the property."The
second visit was a full search of the property with the consent of the
occupiers. This was [on] 5 August over a period of two hours. All parts
of the premises were searched including the location where a body was
discovered, five days later, on Friday 10 August. An early review has
been conducted and it is now clear that human error delayed the
discovery of the body within the house."The Met said on Sunday it
had not referred the inquiry to the Independent Police Complaints
Commission. It is understood the IPCC has decided not to hold informal
talks with the Met about the failures identified during the searches,
and that the Met search team was led by a trained police search adviser.Hundreds
of floral tributes, teddy bears and cards have been left outside the
New Addington property where Tia stayed at weekends and during school
holidays with her grandmother.Janette Dixon, 52, who left a teddy
bear at the memorial, said: "It's heartbreaking. I have got four
grandchildren of my own and the idea that something like this could
happen is just devastating. The whole community was out searching for
her, all day and everyday, but she was in that house all the time. It is
unbelievable."Collette O'Brien said she felt guilty because the
community had failed to find Tia. Laying two bunches of white flowers,
she said: "I wanted to bring my daughters to pay our respects. It is
hard to put into words. We all tried to find her but it appears she was
in that house all the time. It is just heartbreaking. I feel this awful
sense of guilt that I couldn't have done more."

Added: Aug-14-2012 Occurred On: Aug-14-2012
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