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Tia cause of death not clear

A post-mortem of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp has not revealed how she died, the Metropolitan Police said. Stuart Hazell, the man accused of murdering 12-year-old Tia, has been remanded in custody until November.

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Tia Sharp accused appears at the Old Bailey

The man accused of murdering south London schoolgirl Tia Sharp has appeared at the Old Bailey.

Stuart Hazell, who 37, from New Addington, is charged with murdering the 12-year-old between August 2 and 11.

Stuart Hazell appeared at the Old Bailey today via videolink. Credit: ITV News

He appeared via video-link from Belmarsh prison in south east London, wearing an orange T-shirt and sitting next to a prison officer. He only spoke to confirm his identity and that he could understand proceedings. No application for bail was made.

Hazell was remanded in custody and will appear for a plea and case management hearing at the same court on November 19.

Hazell will next appear at court on November 19. Credit: ITV News

Tia's body was found at her grandmother Christine Sharp's home in New Addington last Friday, a week after she was reported missing.

A provisional trial date for Hazell was set for January 21 next year.

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