Film warns teens of danger of chatting to strangers online

Film warns teens of danger of chatting to strangers online. Now a harrowing video released by Leicester police with the support of Haywood's family re-construct the last two weeks of her life with the purpose of educating and warning teenagers of the dangers of online grooming. In the five-minute film, Haywood is seen chatting online with 28-year-old Luke Harlow, whom she agreed to meet after more than 2,600 messages over the course of 13 days. "Hey, how are you?" Harlow was grooming Haywood along with two other girls he had also been chatting to. She was held for two days against her will by the man and his neighbour, 29-year-old Stephen Beadman. She tried to flee but was recaptured by Beadman, who raped and murdered her. "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," Leicester Police said. The film will be shown to schoolchildren across the country to stress the importance of staying safe online. Police have also produced a fact sheet for parents that contains information about online grooming and the tell-tale signs and behaviours.

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Kayleigh Haywood was only 15 when she was raped and killed by the neighbour of a man she met online.

Now a harrowing video released by Leicester police with the support of Haywood’s family re-construct the last two weeks of her life with the purpose of educating and warning teenagers of the dangers of online grooming.

(Warning: The following video may be distressing for some.)

In the five-minute film, Haywood is seen chatting online with 28-year-old Luke Harlow, whom she agreed to meet after more than 2,600 messages over the course of 13 days.

“Hey, how are you?” Harlow told Haywood via Facebook, to which she replied “Fine – who are you?

Harlow was grooming Haywood along with two other girls he had also been chatting to.

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