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Media speculates on what has happened to missing Tia Sharp

by | 6th, August 2012

TIA Sharp is missing. She was last seen on Friday August 3rd in New Addington Croydon, at her grandmother’s house. Tia Sharp lives in Pollards Hill, Merton. She’s 12. Tia Sharp left her grandmother’s home to buy flip-flops from the Whitgift shopping centre in Croydon. Her grandmother, 46, says Tia had just £10 on her. She carried no mobile phone.

The media react:

The Daily Mail stokes fear without fact:

Last night local residents claimed on Facebook that a white van or car had been recently seen in the area and had attempted to abduct a child within the last couple of days. Detectives said they had no knowledge of any attempted abduction previously in the area, although they could not rule out the possibility.

The London Evening Standard works that theory:

Sightings have been reported of a man driving a white van bothering children in the New Addington area – where Tia was last sighted. Although Police are unable to substantiate the claims, DCI Nick Scola said that it is one line of inquiry.

Is it? Are they investigating a white van man? The police have issued no appeal to that effect.

On Tia, the Daily Express reports:

Tia’s aunt Jasmine Hart tweeted: “Hey guys I really need your help! She’s very smart and old enough to know how to get around and was given money to buy shoes. It is unlikely that she ran away as it is completely out of character which is why this has become so serious. If you see her or know something, call the police immediately. Please help!”

Tia’s mother Natalie, 30, tells media:

“I love and miss my little girl. My daughter is not a runaway.”

Tia’s father David

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