2 more arrests in UK girl's murder

2012-08-12 08:44

London - British police said on Saturday they have made two more arrests in the case of a 12-year-old girl whose body was found a week after she went missing in a house they had already searched several times.

Scotland Yard said in a statement that a 46-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder and a man, 39, was arrested on suspicion of "assisting an offender" in the case of Tia Sharp, whose body was discovered at her grandmother's house - her last known whereabouts - after she disappeared on Friday last week in south London.

The suspects were not identified by name in line with British practice. Police did not disclose what relationship, if any, the suspects had with the victim.

Stuart Hazell, the 37-year-old partner of Tia's grandmother Christine Sharp, has already been arrested following a city-wide manhunt.

Police later apologised for the delay in finding the body, blaming human error and highlighting that they had also apologised to the girl's mother for failing to find her body sooner. Police said they had previously searched the address where the body was found several times, and found nothing.

The discovery of a body on Friday - one week after Tia went missing - led to anger and disbelief in Britain's press. The family's frantic search and appeals had even managed to displace much of the feel-good Olympic coverage from the front pages of the nation's tabloids, with at one point The Sun offering £25 000 for the tip leading to Tia's safe return.

The Daily Mirror newspaper asked its readers "WHY DID IT TAKE COPS 8 DAYS?" with the figure 8 outlined in red. The Daily Mail was even more critical, writing under a bold-faced "SHAMBLES" headline: "Despite a week-long hunt by 100 police with dogs, Tia is found dead in her granny's house, which officers had searched THREE times."

Police have not specified exactly where in the house Tia's body was found, but Scotland Yard Commander Neil Basu said on Friday they had been juggling several different leads with detectives sifting through 60 sightings of the missing girl, 300 calls, and 800 hours of surveillance footage.

  • Hermann - 2012-08-12 09:37

    I must say it is a rather macabre sponsor for a news item of this nature.

  • amy.k.riley - 2012-08-12 09:52

    Seriously... if you have searched the house three times one would believe that the body was planted there afterwards - those policemen and investigators were doing their jobs searching for a missing girl and instead of trying to find out what happened to her they see only the faults of the police what about the sympathy required what about the praise for their efforts - yes they couldnt save the girl but what about the questions WHO killed the girl?

      delish7564 - 2012-08-12 10:06

      I agree Amy. I think it is more likely she was perhaps killed somewhere else then her body moved when the killers thought the "coast was clear" Sick! Sick! Sick! I can't begin to imagine what her mother is going through, I know how I would feel if it was my daughter, but my heart goes out to her. Unfortunately this seems to be happening more and more - I blame the breakdown in society where there is no discipline, respect or responsibility. If this poor girl was murdered by "so-called family members", I hope you are haunted by this cruel and heinous act for the rest of your lives. You do not deserve to ever be pardoned or forgiven and I hope you are punished in such a way that you will never, ever, be allowed to forget your crime. You took a little girl away from her mother and stepfather and that is unforgiveable. If anyone did that to my daughter................... :( R.I.P. Tia x

  • max.maxwell - 2012-08-12 09:53

    I hope the cops are not running around arresting all and sundry in the hopes that one of them is the killer of this poor girl! Surely they must go where physical and forensic evidence leads them, not act on hunches or feelings, or try and make the evidence fit a theory!

  • lownabester - 2012-08-12 10:03

    How sad, she was not even safe in her own home, according to Skynews she used her grandmother's home as a "safe haven" Her mom and stepdad should be charged too.

  • mandy.robinson.5074 - 2012-08-12 11:39

    The grandmother has also been arrested, but made bail. The other arrestee is their neighbour. So sad and tragic :-( RIP Tia

  • bruce.wells.963 - 2012-08-12 15:14

    This report is out of date, and should be updated. I have just checked on Sky News. The body has as yet not been formerly identified, although it probably is the young girl. The boyfriend has been charged with murder and the two other people arrested, have been released on bail.

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