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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 of Tia Sharp's grandmother convicted

As he was convicted of wasting police time, Paul Meehan, a neighbour of Tia Sharp's grandmother, remained impassive as the verdict was delivered.

But as the hearing was adjourned he sat down and buried his head in his hands.

The last confirmed sighting of Tia was on Thursday August 2 at 4.30pm.

On Monday August 6 as the missing 12-year-old's family were frantic with worry, Meehan told police he had seen her walk past him the previous Friday while he was in his garden.

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