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Tia Sharp neighbour trial

A neighbour of the grandmother of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp is due to stand trial today charged with wasting police time.

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Tia neighbour 'compounded family's false hope'

Prosecutors said neighbour Paul Meehan gave Tia Sharp's family "false hope" by telling police he had seen the dead schoolgirl.

Jocelyn Ledward, prosecuting, told the court: "He described her outfit and person in detail."

Paul Meehan was a neighbour of Tia's grandmother Christine Sharp (left) Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Miss Ledward said Meehan's claim had the result of "compounding the family's false hope" that she was still alive.

But she told the court: "There is absolutely no suggestion Mr Meehan was in league with Stuart Hazell."

She suggested that he made the report "perhaps in order to increase his importance in the investigation".

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