THIS WEEK IN 2000: Paulsgrove's streets of fire and shame
In the wake of Sarah Payne's murder trial, the News of the World resumed itsÂ campaign to name and shameÂ paedophiles, in order to renew the debate over Sarah's LawÂ '“Â a proposal givingÂ parents the right to knowÂ of paedophiles living in their area.Â
Sarah Payne disappeared on July 1 in West Sussex and her body was found two weeks later. AnÂ investigation began and Roy Whiting, a convicted sex offender, was found guilty of her murder.
Taking matters into their own hands, The News of the World published the identities of 100 offenders and promised to print thousands more, butÂ the country descended into chaos.Â
Riots broke out, particularlyÂ in PaulsgroveÂ where hundreds of residents protested in Allaway Avenue.Â
The riots escalated throughout the week, causingÂ violence to breakÂ out on an unprecedented scale.Â
Sarah Payne's grandfather appealed for calm as The News of the WorldÂ suspended its campaign.Â Later that weekÂ Sarah's parents, Michael and Sara, thanked the hundreds of News readers who had written messages in a book of condolence.Â