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Undated police handout photo of Tia Sharp, 12. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Missing Child

Search continues for missing London girl Tia Sharp

The 12-year-old was last seen leaving her grandmother’s house in New Addington on Friday.

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl has spent a fifth night away from her London home after going missing on Friday in the south-east of the city.

Tia Sharp was last seen leaving her grandmother’s home in New Addington at midday on Friday 3 August. The girl said she was heading to the Whitgift Centre in Croydon, but hasn’t been seen since.

Her mother has spoken of her fears that Tia has been abducted, and her stepfather said that the family has not slept since the girl disappeared.

The Sun newspaper has offered a £25,000 reward for information that leads to the missing girl being found, and police are urging the public to come forward with any information which might help them locate her.

Police have had 55 reported sightings of the girl since launching heir appeal, but say that none has been substantiated.

“We know Tia was at her grandmother’s house and slept late on the morning of Friday 3 August,” said Detective Chief Inspector Nick Scola from the specialist crime and operations unit. “She then left to get the bus. She told her grandmother’s partner she was going out. He was the last person to see her, that we are aware of at this time.”

Her family have described her as a “playful” girl who has never run away from home and who knows her local area.

The PA reports that police searched an area of woodland close to where she was last seen and that scores of people turned out at a local rugby club to participate in a search yesterday evening.

Undated police handout photo of Tia Sharp, 12

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