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Tia Sharp: Newspapers target Stuart Hazell, two hours and what the neighbour didn’t see

by | 10th, August 2012

TIA Sharp : Day 7 of the search for the missing Surrey 12-year-old and she’s no longer front-page news. As before, the newspapers are focusing on Stuart Hazell, Tia’s step-grand-father. Today’s round-up:

Daily Telegraph : “Tia Sharp’s step-grandfather admits ‘shady past’ but denies harming 12-year-old”

That he needs to deny anything in public is a pity. Hazell is stood in the dock in the court of public opinion. He is a witness. He is not under arrest. He is not a suspect at least he isn’t in the eyes of the law. This is a missing person’s case.

Mr Hazell, who previously dated Tia’s mother Natalie Sharp, 30, and has served two jail sentences for supplying crack cocaine and the possession of a machete, said: “My previous has got nothing to do with it. Everyone’s got a shady past. Did I do anything to Tia? No I bloody didn’t. I’d never think of that. I loved her to bits, she’s like my own daughter. She’s got a lovely home. I can’t work out what’s going on. She’s a happy-go-lucky golden angel. She’s perfect.”

We do not know if any crime has befallen Tia Sharp. But the Daily Record can guess at one that might have:

Drug dealer denies kidnapping missing Tia Sharp

Kidnap? What evidence of that? And what’s that about Stuart Hazell being a drugs dealer? He has form for dealing drugs but why does the Record say he is a drugs dealer, stating that he working in that trade now? Has the Record proof of this? If not, then it’s wrong. Is it libel?

This is Croydon looks past the ghouls at the Daily Express lo oking for blood and a body. It writes:

The hunt to find missing Tia Sharp continued to focus on New Addington yesterday (Thursday) – with police convinced the missing 12-year-old is somewhere on the estate.

But then we get this:

National newspapers fuelled speculation this week reporting Mr Hazell had told his dad, Keith, he walked Tia to a tram stop last Friday. But it contradicts the account of her walking alone towards Fieldway, and that of her mother, who this week told the Advertiser: “I have an independent witness who says she left on her own walking down the road.”

However, on Wednesday, sniffer dogs searched Mr Hazell’s home before he was led away by two detectives and driven off in a police car.

No. Not sniffer dogs . It was one Alasation dog. The story of the “sniffer dogs” is being repeated in most newspapers. There was one dog. Met Police Sniffer dogs are usually labradors or spaniels. The Express , of course, trumped its rival by stating that the dog was one trained to pick up the scent of death . That is wrong.

This is Croydon adds:

Sniffer dogs and forensic teams have also been drafted in. Amanda Stone, an Oakbank resident, told how her whole house and garage were searched right down to the “airing cupboards”. She added: “They’re turning over all the houses around here.”

So. Only now have sniffer dogs been introduced.

The Daily Mirror looks at Tia’s grandmother:

Tia’s gran quizzed: Missing schoolgirl’s grandma spends two hours giving witness statement to police – Christine Sharp drove to a police station to give a witness statement detailing her movements around the time Tia disappeared.

Your want facts? Here you go:

Mrs Sharp left her home in New Addington yesterday at around midday and drove to a police station in a Smart car. She made no comment as she returned at around 2.30pm carrying two packets of cigarettes and a box of washing powder.

Did she really spend 2 hours giving witness statement, then? Yesterday, the papers said Stuart Hazell had also spent two hours giving police his witness statment. He didn’t. Mr Hazell and his lover were away from their house for around two hours. Factor in the journeys to and from the cop shop and the waiting around and the time spent being “quizzed” is reduced. Unless the police are now selling groceries, the time Christine

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