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Day six of hunt for Tia Sharp
8:05am Wednesday 8th August 2012 in News
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- Mitcham 12-year-old Tia Sharp went missing from New Addington on Friday afternoon.
- Anyone with information should call the incident room on 0208 721 4005 or Missing People on 116 000 quoting reference 12MIS025216.
- The search in New Addington continues with hundreds of volunteers and police involved.
- Tia's natural father believes she is still alive.
- Police reveal new witness saw her leave gran's New Addington home
- Police received 60 sightings but none confirmed as Tia
- 800 hours of CCTV must be watched by detectives
Stuart Hazell, the partner of Tia’s grandmother Christine, has returned home after helping the police with their enquiries.
The 37-year-old, who was not under arrest, was earlier taken to a police station where he was interviewed as a witness.
Mr Hazell was one of the last people to see Tia before she went missing.
Tia's gran's partner Stuart Hazell, 37, has been lead out of the house by detectives to help with inquiries as a witness.
Tia's Uncle David Sharp posted this on Facebook following the development.
"Stuart has done nothing wrong the police r doing there job he has got to make a formal statement that's all so stop pointing your fingers we are not the sick family u are trying to make out so if u are not willing to help find Tia LEAVE THIS SITE david sharp"
Metropolitan Police confirmed a man is being interviewed as a witness and is not under arrest
Mr Hazell was not wearing handcuffs when he was taken out of the house.
He was accompanied by two detectives and driven away.
Tia's gran's partner Stuart Hazell accompanied by two officers taken out of the house
4:42pm Wed 8 Aug 12
My prayers are with Little Tia and her family. I pray she will be found soon and in good health.
When asked to confirm exactly who the last person to see Tia was, Cmdr Basu said he could not know for sure.
"That's part of the principal line of enquiry which means trawling through a massive amount of CCTV evidence.
"We cannot be absolutely sure who the last person was to see her leaving the estate was."
Mr Basu also confirmed that of the 60 reported sightings they were not able to confirm any of them as genuine.
He said: "This is a 12 year old vulnerable girl who has gone missing and I don't feel she will have left the area.
"Our job is to find her alive and well and we are concentrating the search on where she was last seen."
Mr Basu said the police had been searching the area 500m around Tia's grandmother's house using search dogs including garages, lock ups, local schools
Cmdr Basu said: "It is a terrible time for family and friends. I cannot imagine how it must feel for this family. They want her home. We are doing everything we can to find her."
"I have had Olympic resources rediverted to here. Over 80 on the case. More than 800 hours of CCTV footage. This is a massive task.
"We have used search dogs and helicopters. We have searched garages and lock ups."
"I have spent time with members of Pathfinders and I was moved by their generosity.
"Please continue to help, may I thank the public. Please still call, you can help.
"We are following up that line of inquiry of the sighting.
"There are no suspects at this time."
Commander Neil Basu revealed there has been a sighting of Tia Sharp which they are investigating.
He said: "I can say today a member of the public has seen Tia at midday on Friday August 3"
There will be a press conference at 4.30pm at Scotland Yard regarding missing Tia Sharp.
A Met spokesman said there isn’t any major announcement planned, it will be a briefing with a chance to ask questions about progress of the investigation so far.
Cars have been plastered with messages calling for people to be vigilant in the search for Tia Sharp.
Steven Carter, the 12-year-old's father and his family have made transferrable stickers to be stuck to the rear windows of their cars, asking people to be on the lookout.
A man has been found dead at a residential address in New Addington but it is not linked to Tia Sharp's disappearance.
Police were called to a residential address at Chertsey Crescent at 1.15pm, to reports that a man was found dead inside his home. An ambulance crew also attended.
Officers are still investigating the scene.
Tia Sharp's natural father says he believes Tia is still alive
Volunteers are stopping cars and buses as they enter and leave Central Parade to give drivers leaflets of missing Tia.
The group are also handing the leaflets out to passengers as they get on and off the tram.
Community group New Addington Pathfinders are continuing to print and provide leaflets for those wanting to help.
Marion Burchell a member of the NAP said the group had stopped their own searches at the advice of police.
She said: "We were told by the police if they want any assistance from the public they will contact us.
"We are advising people to search their garages and sheds and if they have done it already to do it again.
"If you notice anything different contact the police they will let you know whether its something or nothing."
The group are continuing to update their Facebook page following updates from the police.
Very emotional talking 2 local people in Pollards Hill tonight- proud how the local community has helped #findtiasharp— @martinwhelton 07 August 2012
Poster campaign to find #missing schoolgirl #Tiasharp continues. #croydon #findtia http://t.co/9gD1WmNh— @SaimaMohsin 08 August 2012
Speaking to Daybreak, David Sharp, Tia’s uncle, said: “We just want to say thank you to the public, everyone out there doing their bit for our family.
“All we can say is just do your best for us, don’t stop and carry on going but please don’t get in the way of the police and their work. Let them do their work.
“Stay beside them and work with them, not in their way and keep doing what your doing.
“Everyone out there in the world is giving us hope. We want Tia found and for her to come home. Stop everything and find Tia.
Step-father David Niles added: “I just want my little girl home.”
The police released this earlier today:
Police are still appealing for information in relation to the missing girl, Tia Sharp.
Assisting in the enquiry are local officers patrolling the area on foot. Leaflets are being distributed with details and the incident room number.
Police have responded to sightings in the Croydon area, but Tia still remains missing.
Rumours have circulated that an arrest has been made. We can confirm that no arrests have been made at this time.
The safer neighborhood base at Central Parade is now open and staffed 24 hours a day should anyone have any information.
The incident room number is 0208 721 4005
Police search dog has entered the family home in The Lindens
Police search dog and handler arrive at Tia Sharp's grandmother's house as part of search http://t.co/UhJyyzoG— @Beaking_News 08 August 2012
DCI Nick Scola, who is leading the search for Tia, has been updating the family at The Lindens this morning on any progress in the case.
He has promised to update the public later today.
If there is a god out there please find Tia sharp safe and sound !!! Xxxxxx— @tracikc 08 August 2012
Tia's mum Natalie and stepdad David Niles have returned to the property at the Lindens in New Addington.
Flanked by two women, believed to be family liason officers, the couple said they had "no news".
One of last night's volunteer search parties combing the fields and woods nearby for sign of Tia
New Addington resident Michael Castle's makeshift sandwich board to raise awareness
Today's Croydon Guardian front page
Hannah Williamson reports from New Addington:
Grey skies loom over The Lindens as the hunt for missing 12-year-old Tia Sharp enters its fifth day.
Last night volunteers met again at the Croydon Rugby Club to start a fresh search for Tia, with more posters of the missing schoolgirl put up around the borough.
RT @CllrSimonHall: Hope community's work to #findtia is successful. #NewAddington community really mobilising & working hand-in-hand with major Police presence— @waynejplawlor 07 August 2012
Metropolitan Police confirm no updates on search for Tia Sharp overnight.
Social networking sites have played a large part in spreading the message to Find Tia.
Tens of thousands of leaflets have been printed and hundreds of volunteers have joined the hunt for any sign of missing Tia.
As the search for Tia Sharp enters it's sixth day, no sign of the New Addington schoolgirl has been seen since she left her grandmother's house in New Addington.