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A man has today been charged with wasting police time by detectives investigating the death of schoolgirl Tia Sharp.

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Paul Meehan, of Croydon, is due to appear on bail at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on February 28 charged with wasting police time, Scotland Yard said.

The 40-year-old is the second person charged in connection with the investigation.

Stuart Edward Hazell, 37, of The Lindens, New Addington, is due to stand trial in May at the Old Bailey charged with the murder of 12-year-old Tia.

Tia’s body was found at her grandmother Christine Sharp’s home in New Addington a week after she was reported missing. Hazell is the partner of Ms Sharp, 46.

Ms Sharp was originally arrested on suspicion of murder, but the Met Police said in December they would be taking no further action against her.

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