Sarah Payne's Mum Revisits The Spot Her Daughter Was Last Seen Alive
Sarah Payne's mum has revisited the spot that her daighter was last seen for a new ITV documentary.
Sarah was only eight years old when she went missing, after playing on the beach with her siblings in July 2000. Paedophile Roy Whiting was convicted of abducting and killing her just weeks later and jailed for life following a four week trial.
Sara, 50, visited the spot at Kingston Gorse, West Sussex with Susannah Reid, saying that she wanted to 'exorcise ghosts' that have stayed with her since Sarah went missing 19 years ago.
Sara explained: "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'."
Prior to her death, the kids had been playing on the beach, near to their grandparents home. Sarah had fallen down and had a normal sibling argument with her brother Luke, before leaving to return to the fields by their house alone. It was the last time she was seen before Whiting picked her up in a van.
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Sarah's parents broke up in 2004 after the strain of all that had happened became too much. Michael, Sarah's dad, died in 2014 after struggling with alcohol addiction.
Sara said: "I think his path was kind of set, he had already developed a bad relationship with alcohol.
"I think that before Sarah was taken there was a chance of bringing him back before he stepped over the edge. But after Sarah it was impossible."
Sara suffered a stroke in 2009, and since then she realised that her and her children needed to move on from the past.
She added: "When I had my stroke, we all sort of suddenly realised that we are alive and life is precious and we need to live our lives.
"It was not something I recommend to everyone, but it was certainly a life changing moment.
"We've lost so much already, to lose me as well I think would have been too much for the children, and when I came round out of the stroke it was a case of, 'right, we have got a life so let's get on with it'.
"And when I hit 50 just recently, that was another sort of re-awakening. If I am here I am going to make the most of it."
Sarah Payne: The Untold Story is on ITV tonight at 9pm.
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