Pare che quelli del News of the World abbiano spiato anche il telefonino di Sara Payne, la mamma di una bimba otto anni uccisa da un maniaco, che era diventata una specie di testimonial della campagna del NOTW per avere una legge che permettesse di rendere pubblici gli indirizzi delle persone condannate per reati sessuali. Un telefonino donato a Sara da Rebekah Brooks in persona. Ecco come descrivono la cosa Nick Davies e Amelia Hill sul Guardian:
Friends of Payne have told the Guardian that she is "absolutely devastated and deeply disappointed" at the disclosure. Her cause had been championed by the News of the World, and in particular by its former editor, Rebekah Brooks. Believing that she had not been a target for hacking, Payne wrote a farewell column for the paper's final edition on 10 July, referring to its staff as "my good and trusted friends". The evidence that police have found in Mulcaire's notes is believed to relate to a phone given to Payne by Brooks to help her stay in touch with her supporters. On Thursday night Brooks insisted the phone had not been a personal gift but had been provided to Payne by the News of the World "for the benefit of the campaign for Sarah's law". In a statement, Brooks said the latest allegations were "abhorrent" and "particularly upsetting" because Sara Payne was a "dear friend".