This harrowing film shows how a tragic 15-year-old schoolgirl was groomed over Facebook before being raped and murdered.
Kayleigh Haywood’s dad Martin, 57, was the last person to see her alive on November 13, 2015, when he dropped her off outside her school – falsely believing she was staying with her best friend.
Almost 2 weeks earlier, Luke Harlow, 28, first contacted her with flirty messages using his Facebook account Luke ‘Fun Times’ Harlow.
He had persuaded her to lie to her parents and stay the night at his home on November 13.
She went to the Harlow’s flat in Ibstock, Leics., where he plied her with alcohol and sexually assaulted her.
Kayleigh texted the word “help” to her friend hours before she was killed by landscape gardener Stephen Beadman.
Last July, Beadman, then 29, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape , false imprisonment and murder of the teenager, while Harlow was given a 12-year jail term for false imprisonment and grooming.
A distressing film has been released, recounting the last two weeks of teenager Kayleigh Haywood’s life during which she was messaging a man who had contacted her over Facebook.
The five-minute clip, which is called Kayleigh’s Love Story, looks at aspects of the last fortnight before her death and warns parents and children of the dangers of online grooming .
The film was made with the support of the Measham teen’s parents and has already been screened at schools across Leicestershire and Rutland, reports the Leicester Mercury .
It has been made available to the public via YouTube and Facebook, Leicestershire Police said.
Leicestershire’s Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “What happened to Kayleigh was horrific but we are pleased that some good is coming from the awful tragedy and that this film is raising far greater awareness of the dangers of online grooming and the signs that it may be happening.”
In a witness statement read out to Nottingham Crown Court, Kayleigh’s friend Katie Simpson said: “At about 3.15pm on November 13 Kayleigh messaged me and said she couldn’t come over because she was staying with her auntie that weekend.
“I woke up at about 6am or 7am the next day and I had a message from Kayleigh sent at 9.30pm the night before which said ‘Help’
“I asked her straight away what do you mean. She text back straight away, ‘I meant hello.’
“Her messages were unusual that weekend, and didn’t sound like her.”
Miranda Moore QC told the court Harlow had contacted a string of underage girls – the youngest being 13 – in the months before Kayleigh’s murder.
She told the jury: “We are going to look at Harlow’s messages to some other young girls so you can see his train of thought for getting girls to his flat.
“He was messaging one girl 16 years younger than him from March 2015 until October 15
“In May he said: ‘Would you come and stay for the weekend or something. I would come and meet you somewhere, and that means I’m going to keep you forever.’
“He said to her: ‘I’m crying and I miss you. I need them kisses off you to cheer me up. Kisses, and maybe more.’
“Later on he said: ‘Just say you are staying with your mates,’ which is exactly what he said to Kayleigh, and is exactly what she did.
The jury was told neighbours heard “loud bangs” and “screams” from the property at 10.30pm and at 3.30am a witness saw Kayleigh trying to flee the property half-naked.
Project Manager Simon Baker’s house overlooks the pathway from Harlow’s home to Sense Valley Forest Park.
In a witness statement read out by prosecutor Teresa Hay, he said: “At around 3.30am I was in my bedroom when I heard a loud scream that sounded like a female in distress.
“My partner said ‘Did you hear that?’
“I went to the window and I saw what I thought was a policeman pinning a girl down on the ground.
“I couldn’t see clearly who it was, but he was wearing a dark jacket with white stripes so I thought it was a policeman.
“I looked back a few moments later and she was on her back lying down and he was pinning her down with his knees on her elbows.
“Her arms were up with her hands either side of her head. He was sat astride her, near her neck.
“He looked up for about 20 or 30 seconds. The male and female then got up and made their way back towards the Croft Estate.
“They appeared perfectly normal and there were no altercations or fighting or shouting.
“About ten or 15 minutes later I heard another scream. I could see them walking back along the path towards me.
“They appeared calm. I heard the girl calmly say ‘Hold my hand,’ and they walked along the path that leads into Science Park. I did not see or hear them again.”
In the early hours of November 15, Kayleigh made a desperate bid to flee despite being barefoot and without clothes on her lower half.
But she was followed by Beadman who later told officers how he marched her to the place she died, saying: “I must have scared her.”
He battered his victim to death in a secluded field then left her body in undergrowth where it lay undiscovered for days.
Beadman told detectives he suffered facial injuries when Kayleigh “scratched back” and hit him with a brick as she tried to escape.
Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said: “This is a distressing film about the consequences of speaking to and meeting strangers online.
“Every child and young person needs to learn from Kayleigh’s story to prevent this tragedy from ever happening again.
“It is essential children are taught about healthy relationships in schools from an early age.
“Barnardo’s Real Love Rocks programme gives pupils, parents and teachers the confidence to talk about relationships and how to stay safe online.”