Grandmother of missing Tia in tears

The grandmother of missing schoolgirl Tia Sharp broke down in tears today and said she knows the 12-year-old is not staying away by choice.

As the clock ticked down to it being a week since Tia seemingly vanished without a trace.

My only message to Tia is that I love her. She is my life.

I don't know where she has gone. I don't know how she's gone.

She's not staying away by choice, I know this. I just don't know what else to say.

We will help the police and anybody and everybody else in every way I can, so will every member of my family.

We are going to cause them no obstruction whatsoever.

Whatever they want to do they can do it, no problem. I just want my baby back.

– Christine Sharp, Tia's grandmother

Today, police are planning to hand out fliers on the tram and bus routes that serve New Addington.

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Missing 12 year old girl

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing Tia Sharp, who is 12.