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Tia Sharp: Daily Mail blames police failure on Muslims, working women and the white working class

by | 14th, August 2012

TIA SHARP: The allegedly murdered 12-year-old New Addington girl is back on the front pages:


Stuart Hazell has been charged with her murder. The headline tells us how police and prosecutors think Tia Sharp died:

“TRAGIC TIA “SMOTHERED’ – Body wrapped in bed sheet inside bin bags”

The Daily Mirror prefers to further reduce the child’s treatment, leading with:


The Daily Star’s front-page headline says Tia was “stuffed in a bin bag; the Daily Express says “Murdered Tia” was “put in a bin bag; and the i‘ says “Tia Sharp was found wrapped in a bin liner”.

Sky News goes with the benign: “Tia Sharp: Body Was Found In Black Bag.”

The Metro states: “Tia Sharp’s body covered by bin bag'”

Words matter. We do not know how Tia Sharp came to die. But the Mirror and Star suggest that after she died Tia Sharp’s body was badly treated.

In the Sun’s article, the language shifts:

The 12-year-old’s bruised body was then stuffed in bin bags and put in the loft at gran Christine’s home.

The Sun hears from Angie Niles, whose son Davis lives with Tia’s mother Natalia Sharp.

“You always think things like this happen to someone else. You see stories about Madeleine McCann or James Bulger and you think it must be awful what the family are feeling. But you switch the telly off and forget about it because it is not actually happening to you.

The BBC looks at the public tribute to Tia Sharp:

Tia Sharp’s mother and stepfather have laid a tribute at the makeshift shrine near her grandmother’s south London home where a body was found on Friday. Tia, 12, was reported missing on 3 August and was last seen at the house in New Addington, Croydon. Natalie Sharp and David Niles left a Hello Kitty doll and a white orchid.

The BBC then thinks it appropriate to read the card left for Tia by her mother:

Ms Sharp and Mr Niles also left a card to Tia which read: “We love you very much, always will. Sorry baby that this should have happened. I wish I was there to protect you. We know you are safe now and and you are at home with us everywhere we go.”

That sentiment make you wonder. But the shrine is surely a way for loved ones to deal with loss. There’s neither grave nor burial for Tia Sharp yet. A postmortem is scheduled for later this week. So. Would the BBC read the words written by

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