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A harrowing film about the murdered teenager Kayleigh Haywood has been released by police to raise awareness of the dangers of grooming.

The film shares the real story of 15-year-old Kayleigh who was raped and killed by a landscape gardener Stephen Beadham in November 2015.

Before she was murdered she was sent hundreds of messages on social media for two weeks by 28-year-old Luke Harlow.

The video looks at the two weeks in her life before she was killed and warns parents to be vigilant about online safety.

Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister of Leicester Police said: “To have reached so many people and for the film to have been seen by so many in such a short space of time is remarkable.

“It contains a really important message, a message for children and parents alike, and I believe it has the potential to keep many tens of thousands of children safe from the threat posed by predators online.”

last July, Beadman, then 29, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape, false imprisonment and murder of the teenager.

Harlow was given a 12-year jail term for false imprisonment and grooming.

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