UK paper hacked phone of murdered child's mother: report

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Posted: Jul 28, 2011 11:50 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was abducted and murdered in 2000, has been told by British police that they have found evidence to suggest she was targeted by the News of the World's investigator Glenn Mulcaire, the Guardian newspaper reported Thursday.

The evidence is believed to relate to a phone given to Sara Payne by then News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks as a gift to help her stay in touch with her supporters, the Guardian said on its website.

The allegation follows the disclosure that the paper had hacked and deleted voicemails of the murdered Surrey schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

The tabloid had campaigned in the wake of Sarah Payne's murder for the introduction of a so-called "Sarah's Law" disclosing the addresses of known pedophiles.

Payne wrote a farewell column for the paper's final edition on July 10, referring to its staff as "my good and trusted friends."

There was no immediate comment from with Scotland Yard or News International, parent company of the News of the World and part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

(Reporting by Stephen Addison)