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Sara Payne awarded MBE by Queen

Sara Payne
Sara Payne was appointed an MBE for services to child protection

Child protection campaigner Sara Payne has talked about her work to support crime victims after receiving an MBE from the Queen.

Ms Payne, from Surrey, received the award at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

She said her role was "really to make the victim's voice just as important as the criminal's voice".

Her eight-year-old daughter, Sarah, was kidnapped from a field in West Sussex in 2000 and murdered by Roy Whiting, who was convicted and jailed for life.

Ms Payne, who was appointed Victims' Champion by the government this year, said: "It's my job to see this year what's the lot of victims.

I was asked for my opinion and I gave it - it's the voice of common sense. I see things in a different way
Sara Payne

"Are they being treated well, are they being treated well enough and are there things we need to change in the system?"

She added: "My role is just really to make the victim's voice just as important as the criminal's voice.

"I was asked for my opinion and I gave it - it's the voice of common sense. I see things in a different way and from a different angle."

After her daughter was murdered, Ms Payne began working to protect children from paedophiles and speaking out for victims.

Moments after Whiting was sentenced to serve at least 50 years in jail, Ms Payne called on the government to change the law surrounding information about paedophiles.

It emerged during the case that Whiting was a serial sex offender who had also abducted and sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl five years before he killed Sarah Payne.

Ms Payne was made Victims' Champion at the beginning of this year, which is a 12-month post where she provides an independent public voice for victims of and witnesses to crime.

She was appointed an MBE for services to child protection.



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