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Tia Sharp man denies wasting police time

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

A neighbour of the grandmother of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp has denied wasting police time.

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

Stuart Hazell, 37, of New Addington, is due to stand trial for her murder later this year.

Paul Meehan, 40, from Croydon, south London, appeared at Croydon Magistrates' Court to enter a not guilty plea on the time-wasting charge.

Mr Meehan is accused of causing wasteful employment of the police by making a false report that he had information linked to the inquiry.

He was given bail and will next appear at the court on 3 May for trial.

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