A film about how a Leicestershire teenager was groomed, raped and murdered last year is being screened in Melton on Thursday as a warning to children and parents of the dangers of online grooming.
Kayleigh’s Love Story, which lasts just over five minutes, 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.
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. There is a fact sheet for parents that contains information about online grooming and the tell-tale signs and behaviours.
Free screenings of the film will take place at Melton Council’s Parkside offices on Thursday at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.
In November last year, 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood, of Measham, was groomed online by 28-year-old Luke Harlow – a man she had never met. Over the course of 13 days, he sent the teenager more than 100 messages a day before she finally agreed to spend the night at his house in Ibstock.
The tragic and horrific circumstances that followed saw the schoolgirl being held against her will by Harlow and his neighbour Stephen Beadman, before being raped and murdered by 29-year-old Beadman.
Leicestershire Police has invited people aged 18 and above to watch the film about Kayleigh at eight different locations across the force area, including Melton, to warn children and parents of the dangers of online grooming.