DCI Nick Scola and Alison Saunders
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Tia Sharp case: Police and CPS statements

13 May 2013 Last updated at 17:10 BST

The man accused of murdering 12-year-old Tia Sharp after sexually assaulting her has changed his plea to guilty.

Stuart Hazell, 37, the partner of Tia's grandmother, had claimed the girl died in an accident at their house in Croydon, south London, last year.

Tia was last seen alive at the house on 3 August and her body was found in the loft a week later.

After Hazell changed his plea, DCI Nick Scola from the Metropolitan Police and Alison Saunders from the CPS condemned the "grotesque" and "appalling" attack outside court.