CCTV hopes for finding missing 12-year-old girl Tia Sharp

 

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The grandmother of missing schoolgirl Tia Sharp is pinning all her hopes on CCTV stills helping to find her.

The 12-year-old has not been seen since leaving grandmother Christine Sharp's home in New Addington, south east London, at around midday on Friday.

Today, speaking from her terrace house, Mrs Sharp said she hoped an image of Tia taken outside the nearby Co-op on Thursday would bring forward new information.

"We're hoping the pictures will jog someone's memory, yes," she said when asked to discuss the disappearance.

She thanked the community for supporting the family but declined to talk at any length.

A man inside the house, who did not give his name, said the family did not want to talk and were going through a terrible time.

Outside the house a solitary candle burned in a glass holder with a plastic bottle covering it.

Fears for Tia's safety are growing as the hunt for the youngster stretches into its fourth day.

She vanished after telling relatives she was going to the Whitgift Centre in Croydon town centre.

Police have been scouring hours of CCTV footage but said they have not found any trace of Tia, who has never gone missing before.

Hundreds of Missing posters have been distributed around New Addington and Tia's face looks out from most local shops and noticeboards.

At a bus stop close to her grandmother's house in The Lindens, well-wishers have left dozens of burning candles and tealights with hand-written signs asking for Tia to be brought home.

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