The mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne wrote a valedictory column in the final edition of the News of the World. The piece gushed about her “trusted friends” on the paper — but she has now been informed that hackers targeted her voicemails on a phone given to her by editor Rebekah Brooks.
Under the headline “News of the World proved it is a force for good” [hi-res image], Sara Payne defended the paper, which led a campaign to establish “Sarah’s Law” - giving parents the right to know if paedophiles live nearby:
“The News of the World, and more importantly the people there became my very good and trusted friends … God only knows why the News of the World has stuck by me for so long…but the reason I’ve stayed with them is that they have always been a paper that cares and a voice for the people”
Sara is said to be “absolutely devastated and deeply disappointed” by the news.
The full text of the article is reproduced below.
IT is fair to say I have not had the happiest or easiest of decades.
Over the past 11 years I have been in the News of the World on more than one occasion, and they have been as much of a driving force behind the Sarah’s Law campaign as I have.
In fact they have helped a great deal more than I can say and I know it would have been a longer and harder fight without them in my corner. Read More »