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 Wednesday, 29 January, 2003, 17:53 GMT
Sally Clark: Statement in full
Sally Clark and her husband Stephen
Sally Clark thanked her husband, Steve, for his support
Sally Clark was cleared by the Court of Appeal of murdering her two baby boys after three judges ruled her 1999 conviction was unsafe.

Here is the statement she read outside the court afterwards.

Today is not a victory. We are not victorious. There are no winners here. We have all lost out.

We simply feel relief that our nightmare is finally at an end.

We are now back in a position we should have been in all along.

At least we may now be allowed some privacy to grieve for our little boys in peace and try to make sense of what has happened to us.

Thank you to all my friends out here... who have shown me unwavering and unconditional support and loyalty

I would like to thank the hundreds of people who have written to me since my conviction to offer me their support.

These letters have been my lifeline and a source of great comfort, especially during my blacker times and I've read and re-read every single one.

Not only was it incredibly kind and thoughtful of people to take the time and trouble to write to me, but a number of them have been courageous enough to share very personal memories and re-live painful experiences in the hope that it might be of some help.

I promised them that one day their faith in me would have been seen to be justified. That day has come.

Prison bonds

I'd like to thank the governor, staff and inmates at Bullwood Hall prison for their compassion and understanding.

Mrs Clark's father - Frank Lockyer
Mrs Clark praised her father for his tireless support
Be in no doubt, it was a tough experience to be in prison, but the support that I received while I was there made it much more bearable.

They say that friendships are often forged in the most unlikely situations.

I leave behind a number of acquaintances and two close friends who have lived every moment of this ordeal with me.

I would not have made it this far without them.

It would not be appropriate to mention them by name. They know who they are.

But my promise to one of them, that I would do all I can to ensure justice is done for her as it has done for me today, still stands. I will never forget them.

Loyal friends

I would like to say a particular thank you to my legal team - without whose tireless hard work and commitment in the face of adversity and ceaseless belief in my innocence, none of this would have been possible.

I'm also grateful to the members of the solicitors' disciplinary tribunal, who in May 2001 had the courage and sufficient faith in me to allow me to re-member on the solicitors' roll and offered me my first glimmer of hope for many months.

Thank you also to all my friends out here, many of whom have been in court today, who have shown me unwavering and unconditional support and loyalty.

It would have been understandable, perhaps, for them to have written to me perhaps when this all first happened, but then who felt they had done all they could and that it was time to move on.

But no, they have been at my side throughout. Their friendship means so much.

Family support

The same goes for my family and in particular, Dad.

My little boy knows that he has a mummy and daddy who love him very much and love each other very much and that's what counts

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted him to be proud of me and tried to live my life respectful of those in authority and in accordance with the morals and values taught to me by my parents as a child.

Despite my innocence, there have been times throughout all of this when I felt I had let him down in some way.

Yet he has stood by me, and not only that, worked tirelessly alongside my legal team to secure my release.

Not what he had planned for his retirement.

I only hope that he is proud of me today. I am certainly proud of him.

'My rock'

Finally, my husband, Steve, who together with our little boy, is my life.

He has stood by me and supported me throughout this whole nightmare, not through blind love or unthinking loyalty, but because he knows me better than anyone else and knows how much I loved our babies.

He has been my rock and I love him now more than ever.

Being separated from him for so long has been a living hell. Being deprived of more than three years of being a mum to our little boy has been even worse.

And yet somehow, despite our separation and against all the odds, we have managed to remain a family and stay close.

My little boy knows that he has a mummy and daddy who love him very much and love each other very much and that's what counts.

May we now be allowed the privacy to rebuild our lives, to move forward and to learn to be a proper family again.

  WATCH/LISTEN
  ON THIS STORY
  Sally Clark gives her reaction to the ruling
"We have all lost"
  The BBC's Rory Mclean
looks at the background of the Sally Clark case
  Microbiologist Dr David Drucker
"I'm very, very pleased"
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