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If I close my eyes, I can see her and hear her, says Sarah Payne’s mother

Sara Payne was speaking to ITV for a documentary about her eight-year-old daughter’s murder in 2000 at the hands of convicted paedophile Roy Whiting.

Schoolgirl Sarah Payne was murdered by Roy Whiting in West Sussex in 2000 (PA)
Schoolgirl Sarah Payne was murdered by Roy Whiting in West Sussex in 2000 (PA)

The mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne has said she can still remember the last time she saw the eight-year-old alive.

Sara Payne has visited the beach in West Sussex where the youngster was snatched in July 2000.

She was speaking to ITV for a documentary about the murder at the hands of convicted paedophile Roy Whiting.

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Paedophile Roy Whiting was convicted of murdering eight-year-old Sarah Payne (PA)

She was quoted in the Daily Mirror saying: “If I close my eyes, I can see her and I can hear her and see her running around, just shouting.

“The last thing I remember is Sarah just waving and she was like ‘Go, go, go … we’ll see you at home’.”

Sarah disappeared while playing near her grandparents’ home in Kingston Gorse, West Sussex.

Her body was found in nearby Pulborough 17 days later.

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Sara Payne became a child protection campaigner after her daughter Sarah’s death (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Mrs Payne became a child protection campaigner after her daughter’s death and Sarah’s Law – legislation allowing the disclosure of details on child sex offenders – came into effect in 2009.

Sarah Payne: The Untold Story is on ITV on Thursday at 9pm.

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