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Murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp's mother and grandmother to stand trial on race attack charges

David Wilcock

Published 04/08/2015 | 13:25

Christine Bicknell, the grandmother of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp, outside a pub near Croydon Magistrate's Court, Croydon, where she appeared charged with racially aggravated offences. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 4, 2015. See PA story COURTS Sharp. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Christine Bicknell, the grandmother of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp, outside a pub near Croydon Magistrate's Court, Croydon, where she appeared charged with racially aggravated offences. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 4, 2015. See PA story COURTS Sharp. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The mother and grandmother of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp are to stand trial accused of a racially aggravated attack on a woman in a supermarket car park.

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Natalie Sharp, 33, and Christine Bicknell, 49, appeared in court over an alleged incident at a Lidl superstore in Wallington, south London, on April 18.

Natalie Sharp, the mother of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp, arrives at Croydon Magistrate's Court, Croydon, where she is due to appear charged with racially aggravated offences. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 4, 2015. See PA story COURTS Tia. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Natalie Sharp, the mother of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp, arrives at Croydon Magistrate's Court, Croydon, where she is due to appear charged with racially aggravated offences. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 4, 2015. See PA story COURTS Tia. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Wearing a black vest top and patterned trousers, Sharp, of Canterbury Road, Morden, pleaded not guilty to racially aggravated common assault. She is accused of shouting at the woman and pushing her in the face, leaving her with bruises.

Bicknell, of Torrington Square, Croydon, wearing a white T-shirt, pleaded not guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence over alleged racist comments.

Murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp.
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Murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

They elected to have their case sent to Crown Court for trial and were released on conditional bail to appear next at Croydon Crown Court on August 18. They made no comment as they left court.

Tia Sharp was 12 when she was murdered in New Addington, south-east London, in August 2012. Stuart Hazell was jailed for 38 years for her murder the following May.

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