Tia Sharp murder house in New Addington demolished

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The south London house where schoolgirl Tia Sharp was killed and her body hidden in the loft is being demolished.

Tia's grandmother Christine Bicknell lived in The Lindens in New Addington with her partner Stuart Hazell, who admitted murdering the 12-year-old.

The house was also the hub of the search for Tia after she went missing on 3 August.

Croydon Council said demolition work will be completed by August and new homes will be built in its place.

The work to raze the property to the ground began in May.

Residents rehoused

A statement from Croydon Council said: "With the support of residents, we decided that demolishing the properties at 19, 20 and 21 The Lindens was the best thing to do given the circumstances of what happened.

"We plan to build new family homes in their place."

People who lived in the properties that are being demolished have been rehoused, the council said.

Hazell, 37, who was jailed for a minimum of 38 years in May, had sexually assaulted and murdered Tia when she stayed the night at the house, the court heard.

He hid Tia's body in the loft, but despite four searches of the house her body was not found until a week after she had been reported missing.

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