Tia Sharp police charge man with wasting time

Tia Sharp Tia's body was found in her house in New Addington in Croydon, south London, in August

Related Stories

A man has been charged with wasting police time by detectives investigating the murder of Tia Sharp.

The 12-year-old's body was found in her grandmother's house in New Addington in Croydon, south London, in August.

Paul Meehan, 40, from Croydon, her grandmother's neighbour, was charged with wasting police time and is due to appear on bail at Croydon Magistrates' Court on 28 February.

Stuart Hazell, 37, of New Addington, has been charged with Tia's murder.

Tia's body was found a week after she was reported missing on 3 August.

Her grandmother Christine Sharp, 46, was arrested on suspicion of murder but was told in December that she would face no further action in relation to the case.

Mr Hazell, Ms Sharp's boyfriend, is due to stand trial for Tia's murder later this year.

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

More on This Story

Related Stories

BBC London

Weather

London

17 °C 9 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • FutureThe future is now

    Get the latest updates and biggest ideas from BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit

Programmes

  • The smartphone that answers backClick Watch

    Smartphones get smarter – the prototypes that talk and say ouch when you drop them

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.