'Kayleigh’s Love Story': Film shortlisted for national award

A five minute film produced by Leicestershire Police highlighting the dangers of online grooming has been shortlisted for a national award.

Kayleigh’s Love Story is one of the finalists in the Social Screen category of the Clarion Awards run by EVCOM.

The film tells the story of aspects of the last two weeks in the life of Measham schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood, who was groomed online for over 13 days by Ibstock resident Luke Harlow.

She eventually agreed to spend the evening at his house, and two days later she was raped and murdered by his next door neighbour, Stephen Beadman.

The film has been made to raise greater awareness among children and parents of grooming and child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Warning: This film would have a 15 certificate if shown in the cinema:

Controlled screenings of the film start at secondary schools next month and it is hoped that every child aged 11 and above in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will have seen the film by Christmas.

The film has also been released to every other police force in the UK, and it will posted online in 2017.

Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said:

Kayleigh Haywood Credit: Leicestershire Police

The film was made by Loughborough-based Affixxius Films, whose senior partner Tim Cabrelli said: