Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Search Grandmother's House with Sniffer Dogs in Hunt for Tia, 12

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Police Search Grandmother's House with Sniffer Dogs in Hunt for Tia, 12

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Byline: Justin Davenport

POLICE investigating the disappearance of 12-year-old Tia Sharp used sniffer dogs today to search the house where she is believed to have last been seen.

Dog teams were also scouring alleys and land around the house in New Addington as more than 200 volunteers joined the hunt.

The terrace property is the home of Tia's grandmother Christine Sharp, 46, and her partner Stuart Hazell, 37, who is said to have been the last person to see the schoolgirl before she left to go shopping in Croydon on Friday afternoon.

Police teams were also searching a wooded area at the bottom of the Lindens estate, about 400 yards from the house.

Tia's family were given an update on the investigation by Detective Chief Inspector Nick Scola. Scotland Yard is assessing 55 unconfirmed sightings of Tia but no CCTV footage has been found showing her leaving the estate or entering the Croydon shopping centre five miles away to which she was said to have been heading. …

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