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Kayleigh's Love Story Film

Kayleigh's Love Story is as a warning to young people, both girls and boys, about the dangers of speaking to people they don't know online.

The film highlights just how quick and easy it can be for children to be groomed online without them or those around them knowing it is happening. Its purpose is to protect children now and in the future and to stop another family losing a child in this way.

We want everyone to play their part by making a commitment that such abuse and exploitation of children will not be tolerated and help spot the signs to prevent young people coming to harm.

Kayleigh Haywood began speaking to Luke Harlow, a man she had never met, on 31 October 2015.

Over the course of 13 days they exchanged 2643 messages. Harlow told the 15-year-old all the things many teenage girls want to hear. He told her she was beautiful, how much he cared for her and that she was special.

Harlow was grooming Kayleigh, along with two other young girls he had also been speaking to. But it was Kayleigh that finally agreed to his requests to spend the night of Friday 13 November 2015 at his house.

She spent the next day with him too, and in the early hours of Sunday 15 November, having been held against her will by Harlow and by his next door neighbour Stephen Beadman, Kayleigh was raped and murdered by Beadman.

Online grooming and the dangers of speaking to people online

With the support of Kayleigh's family, Leicestershire Police has made a film about aspects of the last two weeks of her life.

It's vital that young people understand the importance of staying safe online and parents can spot the signs that may indicate their child is being groomed.

Facts about the film

The film lasts around five and a half minutes and is available to view now. The film was made by Affixxius Films in Loughborough and was shot in various locations across Leicestershire and in Nottingham. The film and the trailer both contain warnings. If either were to be screened at a cinema, they would carry a 15 certificate.

For more information visit Leicestershire Police Kayleigh's Love Story.


How to report child sexual exploitation

If you suspect your child is being groomed or are worried call 101

If you think a child is in immediate risk of harm, call 999

You can also talk in confidence to specially trained people:

  • If the child lives in Staffordshire - Contact First Response on 0800 1313 126
  • If the child lives in Stoke-on-Trent - Contact the Safeguarding and Referral Team on 01782 235100

Alternatively, call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000