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Kayleigh’s Love Story

You may have seen national media publicity about the case of a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Leicestershire who was groomed online last November and subsequently raped and murdered by her groomer’s next door neighbour.

All criminal proceedings in this case are now over, with her groomer sentenced to 12 years in prison and her killer sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 35 years.

Working closely with Kayleigh’s family and with their full support, Leicestershire Police commissioned an independent production company to make a film about how Kayleigh was groomed and its terrible consequences.

This five-minute reconstruction of a murder victim’s harrowing final days when she was groomed, raped and murdered after meeting her killer on social media. This powerful film has been shown to all secondary school children across Leicestershire as a warning of the dangers of online grooming; a number of disclosures have been made subsequent to the showings.

The NSCB and Northamptonshire Police are encouraging secondary schools to show the film to pupils and have a support package in place which they have already taken into a number of schools. They can arrange for an officer, an engagement worker and a safeguarding nurse to be present at screenings as well as offering support materials, help and advice.

One school thanked the RISE team their support, saying “Sound advice was given to the students in terms of the support available.. the students responded appropriately to ‘Kayleigh’s Love Story’, and we also showed one of the CEOP videos with a similar message. We also took the opportunity to reinforce some of the advice students have been given in lessons previously about online safety. The event certainly generated much food for thought for our students.”

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Swann said: “Kayleigh’s Love Story carries a really important message. Its purpose is to protect children, both boys and girls. It is vital that young people understand the importance of staying safe online and the dangers of talking to people online that you don’t know. It also helps parents spot the signs that may indicate that their child is being groomed. It is supported by Kayleigh’s family and we, in turn, want to support them by sharing this message and helping to protect children in the future.”

For help and advice and to arrange for support with any screenings in any setting, please contact Claire Tompkins in the Corporate Communications team at Northamptonshire Police.

Last updated: 28 March 2017

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