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'Breck's Last Game': Film launched about online grooming

Breck Bednar was murdered in 2014 Credit: Family photo/ITV News Anglia

A short film about a teenager who was groomed online through gaming and then murdered has been released as part of a new awareness campaign.

14-year old Breck Bednar was killed in Essex in 2014. Now his story is being shared by four police forces who are working together to promote online safety.

Essex, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Surrey police will now show the film to students at secondary schools in their force areas.

Breck Bednar was 14-yeara old when he was murdered. Credit: Family photo

Breck was befriended by 18-year old Lewis Daynes, a predator who turned the 14-year old against his family and friends.

Despite grave concerns about their relationship, Breck's family couldn't stop what happened.

"Breck was normally a strong boy with his own mind, you know an A star student, but this predator found a way through mentoring Breck about computer and gaming to get him to think they way he thought. To get Breck to think that education and family and good old friends from primary school weren't the important things in life anymore."

– Lorin LeFave, Breck's mother
Lewis Daynes Credit: Police photo

Daynes, who lived in Essex posed online as a successful computer entrepreneur.

He eventually lured Breck to his flat there and stabbed him to death. They'd never met before.

But online, while playing computer games, Daynes had convinced the teenager he was his true friend, the only person who had his best interests at heart.

After the murder Lewis Daynes dialled 999.

Brett's Last Game was showcased at a Northampton cinema.

Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner believes the film is money well invested.

Breck's mother Lorin at a preview of the short film in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Lorin advised her son and actually tried to stop him from doing some of the things but actually the subversive behaviour of the murderer meant that they still went on to manipulate the situation. So it's making people more aware."

– Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire
'Breck's Last Game' is to be shown at secondary schools. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The film will be initially shown in schools and colleges, helping young people to understand if they, or a friend, are being groomed.