Police launched a murder inquiry this morning, after confirming what everyone feared -- that the body of a young girl found in Sussex yesterday, is that of missing eight year old Sarah Payne. A post mortem carried out overnight confirmed she had been killed. Detectives think her body had been there since the weekend she disappeared. After announcing the news, the police called for a moment's silence.
1) ITN ENGLAND: West Sussex: Pulborough: EXT SIDE MS Police forensics officer seen through gap in trees taking photographs recording evidence at scene where body of missing eight year old girl Sarah Payne was found SIDE CMS Officer taking photographs and then getting to her feet TGV Bouquets of flowers left as a tribute to Sarah lying on ground BV Police carrying armfuls of ferns and other vegetation to place on growing ferns to further screen area where Sarah's body was found LS Policeman along and past carrying bundle of ferns INT Assistant Chief Constable Nigel Yeo (Sussex Police) press conference SOT - as a result of the post mortem carried out in the early hours of this morning this is now a murder inquiry - the second thing you will be wishing to anticipate is that we have been able to identify that the body in the field is Sarah Payne's - I would take the slightly unusual step of suggesting we observe a few seconds silence in respect for her and her family SIDE MS Press putting down equipment and standing up to observe silence Yeo standing with head bowed observing silence STILL Sarah Payne GV Yeo and other man standing at press conference as Yeo thanks press for their co-operation SOT EXT GV School sign "Bell Farm County Junior School" (Sarah's school) David Sutton (Sarah's headmaster) interview SOT - we've been preparing for the worst eventuality for the last two weeks / just come from telling upper and lower schools and they have taken it extremely hard / a lot of very upset crying children today LIB (TX 17.7.00/ITN) DUSK LS Police forensics officers along to back of car with body of Sarah Payne ITN DAY TGV Police dogs sitting at their handlers' feet GV Policeman briefing team who are going to search the murder site area SIDE MS Two policemen as turn heads LS Group of policemen and dogs standing in field Assistant Chief Constable Nigel Yeo (Sussex Police) interviewed SOT - body was partially covered when found / no clothing found with the body - won't comment on cause of death LIB (TX 3.7.00/ITN) Littlehampton: Sarah Payne's parents Michael Payne & Sara Payne along holding hands INT Press PAN to Payne family sitting at press conference to make public appeal for help Sara Payne (Sarah's mother) press conference SOT - We need her home now ITN Pulborough: EXT LSs Michael & Sara Payne across road to field where body of their murdered daughter 8 year old Sarah Payne was found (2 shots) Chief Constable Mike Alderson (Sussex Police) interview SOT - Paynes decided to come as part of their grieving / sensitive to the fact that they would want to come / must have been so hard for them LBV Local man putting flowers against fern screen AIR VIEW Police tents covering murder scene at edge of field with forensics officers at work around AIR VIEW Forensic team kneeling on ground at scene next to police tent i/c AIR VIEW LS Line of Police searchers in field beating through grass Chief Constable Mike Alderson (Sussex Police) interview SOT - still dont' know whereabouts of white van (seen in area at time of Sarah's disappearance) / need people to report anything suspicious INT TGV Dress and shoes identical to those that Sarah was wearing displayed on board EXT Assistant Chief Constable Nigel Yeo (Sussex Police) interviewed SOT - if I didn't think that we would stop now (that have a chance of finding the killer) GV Police signs at the side of the busy A29 "Sarah Payne murder - we need your help!" CS Flowers at side of road as traffic past