Sarah Payne's mother expecting baby

The mother of eight-year-old murder victim Sarah Payne is expecting another child.

Sarah's grandmother told of her family's delight that her daughter-in-law Sara was expecting another child.

Lesley Payne, 50, said she hoped that he or she would enter a safer world than the one that claimed the life of the little girl who was abducted and murdered almost three years ago.

Sarah disappeared while playing near her grandparents' home in Kingston Gorse, West Sussex, in July 2000. Her body was found dumped in nearby Pulborough 17 days later.

Roy Whiting, who already had a conviction for child abduction,  was sentenced to life in prison for Sarah's murder in 2001.

Her mother Sara campaigned tirelessly following her death in a bid to persuade the Government to create a new law dubbed Sarah's Law - giving public access to the sex offenders' register.

Mrs Payne, who said Sara had told them the news that she was two months' pregnant around a week ago, said: "It's great, it will be nice to have another child within the family.

"I have spoken to her and they are pleased about it but I think it was just a bit of a shock. I don't think she'll mind if it is a boy or a girl as long as he/she is fit and healthy."

Asked if her new grandchild would be entering a safer world she said: "Sara has been trying to make the world a safer place for children ever since the tragedy so we can only hope so."

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