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Tia Sharp: Stuart Hazell’s drunken fist, the body in the loft and claiming a reward

by | 11th, August 2012

TIA Sharp is front-page news. If it bleeds it leads, runs the old news mantra. Tia Sharp has died. Stuart Hazell, a man who lives with her grandmother, Christine Sharp. He is the last person believed to have seen her alive. He’s been arrested on suspicion of her murder. The news round-up:

Update : Christine Sharp, 46, was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday and is being held at a south London police station.

Update 2 : South-East London Area Commander Neil Basu said: “An early review has been conducted and it is now clear that human error delayed the discovery of the body within the house. We have apologised to Tia’s mother that our procedures did not lead to the discovery of the body on this search.”

Daily Mail (front page): “SHAMBLES – Despite a week-long hunt by 100 police with dogs, Tia was found dead in her granny’s house, which officers had searched THREE times…and man they quizzed has disappeared.”

The Mail blames the police, names the victim but steers clear of naming the accused man in its headline.

The Yorkshire Post sees the Mail’s three searches and trumps it:

Tia detectives ‘searched house four times before body found’

The Daily Mirror’s front page asks: “Why did it take cops 8 Days?” Tia Sharp went missing on August 3. Should the police have turned the family home over on Day 1?

The Sun leads with “NICKED.” It adds:  “7 days to find her at gran’s. Locals’ fury as Tia found dead in loft”

7 days. Not 8. Can the tabloids agree on anything?

The hunt for Tia Sharp – in photos

The Mail’s front page says police refuse to say where Tia’s body was found. The Sun adds:

Tia’s body was found in the loft and detectives are examining the possibility the body was switched between cavities to neighbouring properties to put officers off the scent, a source said. It has not yet been established when Tia died.

The Sun reports on the fear:

Choking back tears, mum-of-three Ginny Oteng, 46, said: “I have kids the same age as Tia and I was worried because I thought there was a child snatcher out there. I was praying Tia would be found alive and well. I had my suspicions but it is still such a shock.”

Fear promoted by the Mail , which reported on a white van in the area.

The police issue a statement. Commander Neil Basu states:

“Our priority is to support the family of Tia at this distressing time and identify the body which has been discovered, as quickly as possible. Clearly there will be many questions about the investigation into Tia’s disappearance. When police investigate cases as difficult and challenging as this, it is important that we do not just focus on one line of inquiry. For example, we had over 60 reported sightings of Tia, 800 hours of CCTV footage to examine and 300-plus calls to the incident room. All of these lines of enquiry were in the process of being followed-up. A number of searches took place at the address. When Tia was first reported missing, officers searched her bedroom, as is normal practice in a missing persons inquiry. A further search of the house took place in the early hours of Sunday morning by a specialist team. This was then followed by another search of the house by specialist dogs on Wednesday lunchtime. We now need to establish how long the body had been in the place where it was found. It would be wrong to jump to any conclusions until all the facts have been established. Throughout the inquiry, we have liaised closely with Tia’s family. We have kept them updated and provided support. Today’s pre-planned search was undertaken with their full co-operation. Our priority now is to establish the facts of the case.”

What about the manhunt for Hazell? The Telegraph says he was spotted by

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