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Tia neighbour 'deliberately lied'

A neighbour of the grandmother of Tia Sharp was convicted of wasting police time by giving a false statement that he had seen her alive.

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Neighbour gave a 'vivid' description of Tia Sharp

Neighbour of Tia Sharp's grandmother Paul Meehan gave a detailed and "vivid" description of what she was wearing, the court heard, which delayed police from interviewing Stuart Hazell earlier.

But police had spoke to Meehan about the case three times before he finally said he saw her.

Paul Meehan allegedly told police he had seen Tia Sharp on 3 August Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

His explanation is that he "confabulated" seeing her - his brain mistakenly filled in the blanks in good faith.

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