Tia Sharp - a Family Betrayal

Tia Sharp - a Family Betrayal

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By (author) Nigel Cawthorne

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  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 20mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1782192239
  • ISBN 13: 9781782192237
  • Sales rank: 337,981

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On 3 August 2012, as London was gripped by the Olympics, Tia Sharp, a 12-year-old schoolgirl, was reported missing from her grandmother's home in New Addington, south London. A call made by her mother, Natalie, alerted police to Tia's disappearance and so began a massive search operation to find the missing girl. Police were seconded from the Olympic village to make house-to-house enquiries, while locals searched the nearby area. A Twitter campaign began, sparking a nationwide appeal to find Tia, and the story dominated national newspaper headlines and television news. Tia's family, including her step-grandfather, 37-year-old Stuart Hazell, and her grandmother, Christine, made a public appeal to find Tia. It was reported that Tia had disappeared after being dropped off at a train station to go shopping, but in the days that followed a different story emerged. Only seven days after Tia was reported missing, the terrible news came that the family hoped they would ever have to hear; Tia's body, wrapped in bin bags, had been found in her grandmother's attic. The truth that unfolded over the course of the day horrified the public; not only had the police searched the house on three separate occasions before discovering Tia' body, late the following evening, Stuart Hazell - the man who Tia trusted, the man who appealed for her return - was charged with her murder. Tia Sharp: A Family Betrayal examines the appalling case of an evil step-grandfather who betrayed his families trust, deceived friends and neighbours, and cut short the life of a young, well-loved girl. An insight into the facts behind the murder, the court case and the aftermath of one of the most shocking crimes a family should never have to face.

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Nigel Cawthorne is an Anglo-American writer of fiction and non-fiction, and an editor. He has written more than 80 books and has contributed to the "Guardian," the "Daily Telegraph Daily Mail," ""and the "New York Times." He has appeared on television and BBC Radio 4's Today program.