Tia s mum weeps at tribute site
Tributes for murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp. Picture: Getty Images

The grieving mother of murdered British schoolgirl Tia Sharp was overcome with emotion as she visited the site where scores of people have left tributes to her daughter.

The 12-year-old's body was discovered at her grandmother Christine Sharp's terrace house in south London more than a week after she was reported missing.

Her mother, Natalie Sharp, wept as she surveyed the sea of flowers and cards on the pavement close to the property, hours after the grandmother's partner Stuart Hazell, 37, was charged with murder.

A note believed to have been left by her read: "Our baby girl, we love you very much and always will.

"Sorry baby that this has happened, I wish I was there to protect you.

"We know you are safe now and you are at home with us everywhere we go. Love you, mum, dad, Jack and Harry. XXX."

Mr Hazell will appear in court on Monday accused of killing the schoolgirl.

A post-mortem examination on the body was paused last night and is expected to recommence this week. It is still unclear how the youngster died.

About 100 police officers were involved in the search for the girl along with countless members of the local community.

Despite visiting the property on several occasions, investigators discovered Tia's body only on Friday evening.

Police have not revealed where it was hidden, but officers were seen taking a ladder into the house, sparking suggestions Tia's remains may have been concealed in the loft.

Officers have since apologised to her mother for the delay in locating her body.

Today Ms Sharp, 30, held her face in her hands as she arrived at the shrine supported by her partner, David Niles.

The pair left a white orchid and soft toy at the site, along with the note.

Mr Hazell, who was previously interviewed as a potential witness, became the subject of a manhunt following the grim find.

He was arrested hours later in the south London borough of Merton after he was apparently spotted by a schoolgirl who had seen him buying alcohol in a bottle shop.

Tia's 46-year-old grandmother was also arrested on suspicion of murder but later released on bail.

Her next-door neighbour, Paul Meehan, 39, was detained by detectives on suspicion of assisting an offender. He was also later bailed pending further inquiries.

The West Australian

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