Eight-year-old Sarah was snatched by convicted paedophile Roy Whiting in West Sussex in 2000.
The Sun newspaper reported today (Saturday) that Whiting had been attacked in his cell at HMP Wakefield in West Yorkshire by two prisoners with makeshift blades.
It added that although Whiting was in a critical condition following the attack, he has since returned to Wakefield’s healthcare wing and is said to be in a ‘stable’ condition.
Whiting, now 59, was found guilty in 2001 of Sarah Payne’s abduction and murder and will serve a minimum of 40 years.
It was revealed that Whiting had previously been jailed for four years after kidnaping and indecently assaulting a four-year-old girl in Langley Green in Crawley in 1995.
Following Sarah’s death, her parents campaigned to protect children from paedophiles.
This resulted in Sarah’s Law, which allowed people to find out if convicted sex attackers were living near them.