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19/06/2015 09:44 BST | Updated 19/06/2015 10:59 BST

Tia Sharp's Mother And Grandmother Charged With Racially Aggravated Offences

The mother and grandmother of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp have been charged with racially aggravated offences after a reported row over a supermarket car parking space.

Natalie Sharp, 33, and Christine Bicknell, 49, are accused of an alleged attack on an Eastern European couple and are due to appear in court in August.

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Natalie Sharp, mother of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp, arrives at court during the trial of Stuart Hazell

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Christine Bicknell arriving at court during the trial of her former partner, Stuart Hazell, for the murder of Tia Sharp

Ms Sharp was charged with racially aggravated common assault and her mother was charged with racially aggravated public order.

Schoolgirl Tia, 12, was murdered by her grandmother's then partner, Stuart Hazell.

The 40-year-old changed his plea to guilty during the court case. He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 38 years in jail before he would be considered for release.

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Schoolgirl Tia Sharp was murdered by her grandmother's former boyfriend

The racial incident, understood to have happened in Wallington, South London, in April, reportedly took place during a row with an Eastern European couple over a parent-and-toddler parking space, according to The Sun.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "On Tuesday, 9 June 2015 officers from the Community Safety Unit at Sutton charged two women with racially aggravated offences."

The two were named as Natalie Sharp and Christine Bicknell. The pair will face Croydon magistrates in August.

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