Tia Sharp's mother asks 'why?'

The mother of Tia Sharp has spoken exclusively to Daybreak about her daughter's killer. Stuart Hazell was jailed for life at the Old Bailey with a minimum term of 38 years after finally admitting the murder of schoolgirl Tia Sharp.

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Police apologise for not finding Tia's body sooner

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Scola apologised to Tia Sharp's family for the fact that police did not find her body in their first two searches of the house Stuart Hazell shared with her grandmother.

The senior investigating officer added that finding it earlier "would not have made any difference" to what happened afterwards, merely brought it forward.

The house in Croydon, south London where Tia Sharp's body was found in the loft Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The family would still have had to deal with Hazell's lies and his interest in child abuse and young girls, he said.

"The early searches were really just a look round, they were not deep searches," he added.

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