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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tia Sharp Search enters its fifth day

As the search continues for 12-year-old Tia Sharp, members of her local community have pledged to do all they can to help find her.

On Tuesday night people gathered at Croydon Rugby Club to search for the schoolgirl who has not been seen since leaving grandmother Christine Sharp's home in New Addington, southeast London.

Club secretary Sue Randall said: "Everybody wants to help, we're just pulling together to try and find her."

She said people had searched the area throughout Tuesday evening with some asking for torches so they could continue through the night.

More searches are expected to take place throughout today.

Earlier police searched a local wood, Birchwood, less than a mile from Tia's grandmother's house in The Lindens.

Tia's stepfather David Niles said the family were "in bits", adding: "I just want to find my little girl."

Mr Niles, wearing a Find Tia campaign T-shirt, said: "How would you feel if it was your daughter? We're in bits. The whole country has helped us and is supporting us." Read More