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Summary

  1. Kayleigh Haywood's murderer jailed for life
  2. Stephen Beadman must serve at least 35 years in prison
  3. Luke Harlow, who groomed Kayleigh, gets 12 years

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By Amy Woodfield

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Mother remembers final time she saw Kayleigh

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Kayleigh's mum Stephanie has been talking about her last moments with her daughter...

Judge: Parents should feel no guilt

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

As she sentenced Stephen Beadman and Luke Harlow, the judge Mrs Justice Cox said Kayleigh's parent's should feel no guilt for failing to realise she had been groomed online.

She said: "It seems to me this is every parent's worst nightmare. It is absolutely clear to me absolutely no blame can be attached to them for what happened."

Community grieved for Kayleigh together

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The local church became a place for grieving - flowers and other tributes were left outside during a memorial service.

Flower tributes to Kayleigh
BBC

There is now a "Kayleigh's Tree" in the grounds of St Laurence Church.

Purple bow symbol

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

When police changed their missing person investigation to a murder investigation, Kayleigh's hometown of Measham was decorated with purple ribbons in her memory. It was Kayleigh's favourite colour.

Purple bow tied to a tree
BBC

Bows were tied all over the village to remember her and make sure the people who took her life were brought to justice.

Community search for Kayleigh

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

After her parents reported her missing there became a community-wide search for her.

At the height of the investigation more than 300 police officers and a considerable number of support staff and volunteers were involved.

Police searching for Kayleigh
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Kayleigh Haywood sentencing: Latest headlines

Here's a recap of what's happened this afternoon:

  • Stephen Beadman has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 35 years for Kayleigh Haywood's murder, rape and false imprisonment
  • Luke Harlow was jailed for 12 years for grooming, false imprisonment and sexual activity with the 15-year-old
  • The judge said the pain, terror and anguish suffered by Kayleigh was "truly horrifying to contemplate"

Kayleigh Haywood: Beadman had scratches over his face

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Harlow denied knowing about what his neighbour did to Kayleigh.

He told police he woke up on Sunday morning feeling “quite groggy” and did not know where Kayleigh Haywood was.

He said her shoes were still in the flat.

Police tape on George Avenue
BBC

He said he want round to Beadman’s house: “He had scratches all over his face, which he didn’t have on Friday night.

"He said he had got them at work, he is a landscape gardener. I didn’t think anything of it at the time.

“I asked Stephen Beadman if he had seen her leave. He said no.”

Teenager was killed with a brick

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Beadman then took Kayleigh across a road where he raped her.

He then marched her for a mile-and-a-half across rough ground to the spot where she was murdered with a brick.

Spot where Kayleigh's body was found
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Kayleigh’s injuries were so severe she had to be identified using her dental records.

Judge: Kayleigh 'must have been terrified'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Mrs Justice Cox said at the sentencing: "I am entirely satisfied on the evidence that she would have been acutely distressed and frightened. 

"She must have been absolutely terrified."

Kayleigh Haywood: Witness saw Beadman chase Kayleigh

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Beadman joined Harlow and Kayleigh on the Saturday night - they were drinking at Harlow's flat on George Avenue in Ibstock.

In police interviews, Beadman claimed he couldn't remember what happened.

George Avenue
BBC

But a witness saw the 15-year-old running from the flat, naked from the waist down. She was being chased by Beadman who then pinned her to the ground.

Another witness claims to have heard screaming.

Watch: Police interviews with Harlow and Beadman

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

This footage shows detectives questioning Harlow and Beadman in the days after Kayleigh's disappearance.

Judge highlights dangers of the internet

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Beadman and Harlow showed no emotion as they were sentenced.

The judge told both men: "The case has shown once again the dangers to which young users of social media are exposed, to the grief and bewilderment of unsuspecting parents."

Family rejoice in the gallery

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There were cries of “yes” from the packed public gallery as Beadman and Harlow’s sentences were read out.

Many members of Kayleigh’s family were in tears as they listened to the judge describe how she had been groomed by Harlow and tricked into going to his home.

Kayleigh's mother, brother and father
BBC

Mrs Justice Cox said: "There she was sexually abused and held captive for more than five hours."

Kayleigh Haywood: Harlow introduced schoolgirl to Beadman

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Harlow told police they had a very "uneventful" Friday night where "nothing happened".

Then on Saturday they watched three films on TV. He claimed Kayleigh was drinking heavily and didn't eat a proper meal.

Beadman and Harlow in court
PA

It was later that night that she met Harlow's neighbour Beadman. Harlow claims the 29-year-old drove him to get more alcohol, leaving Kayleigh in the flat.

Kayleigh Haywood: Teen drank alcohol

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

On Friday 11 November, Kayleigh's dad dropped her off outside Ibstock Leisure Centre - she said she was staying with a school friend.

She then met up with Harlow and began drinking alcohol.

Kayleigh Haywood
Leicestershire Police

Harlow told police she drank a whole bottle of wine because “she felt nervous about meeting me.”

Kayleigh Haywood: Secret meeting

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Harlow called Kayleigh his "princess" and arranged to meet with her on Friday 11 November.

He wanted her to keep it a secret saying: "I am too old for you and I will get into trouble for seeing you."

Family can't forgive

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Before sentencing, Kayleigh's mum spoke about Harlow and Beadman.

Stephanie Haywood
BBC

Stephanie Haywood said: "They're not human, they need putting away, but that's never good enough because we got the life sentence not them.

"We can never have Kayleigh back. They took our baby away - how can you forgive someone like that?"

'Pain, terror and anguish' inflicted by Beadman

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

While sentencing Beadman, the man that raped and murdered Kayleigh, the judge said: "The pain, terror and anguish that would have been suffered by this young girl is truly horrifying to contemplate."

Kayleigh Haywood
Leicestershire Police

Kayleigh Haywood: How it started

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It was Harlow who first contacted Kayleigh. He wrote to her on Facebook saying: "Hey, how are you?"

She replied to say: "Fine - who are you?"

Luke Harlow court sketch
BBC

Within 10 minutes they had swapped mobile phone numbers and went on to exchange 2,600 messages - mainly by text.  

Teen's body left in undergrowth

Mike O'Sullivan

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Kayleigh Haywood from Measham was groomed online and lured to stay at Luke Harlow's flat in Ibstock on a Friday night in November last year.

Kayleigh Haywood
Leicestershire Police

His next door neighbour Stephen Beadman later raped and murdered the 15-year-old, leaving her body in undergrowth around a mile and a half from the flat.

Children's charity reacts to sentencing

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

“Kayleigh’s tragic death is an example of the way the online world is increasingly being exploited by abusers. Young people face real threats on social media and it is vital we fight to keep our children safe online. It is vital that police are given the resources to tackle this rapidly developing 21st century crime."

NSPCCSpokesman

BreakingKayleigh Haywood: Beadman gets life

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Steven Beadman has been sentenced to life in prison and will serve a minimum of 35 years for the rape and murder of Measham schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood.

Stephan Beadman
Leicestershire Police

The 29-year-old from George Avenue in Ibstock also falsely imprisoned the 15-year-old girl at his neighbour's house before the fatal attack.

BreakingKayleigh Haywood: Harlow jailed

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Luke Harlow has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his involvement in the death of Kayleigh Haywood.

Luke Harlow
Leicestershire Police

The 28-year-old groomed the teenager online and lured her to his home on George Avenue in Ibstock.

There he supplied her with alcohol, sexually touched her and held her captive.

He introduced her to his neighbour who went on to kill her.

Cathedral service for asbestos cancer sufferers

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A special service has been held at Leicester Cathedral to highlight a disease called mesothelioma.

It's a type of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos.

Linda Lakin's wristband
BBC

It was organised by Linda Lakin from Birstall who has the disease and has had lung surgery and chemotherapy.

Kayleigh Haywood: Father's struggle

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

"How do you get through each day? Some people ask. The answer is, I don't. I just exist from day to day."

Martin WhitbyKayleigh Haywood's father

'No sentence will be enough'

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

We're still waiting for Harlow and Beadman to be sentenced by a judge in Nottingham.

So far today Kayleigh Haywood's mum and dad have spoken in court to give a victim impact statement.

Kayleigh Haywood
Leicestershire Police

Stephanie Haywood said: "There is so much anger inside my heart. I am completely destroyed - there are no words to describe in this world how I feel each minute of each day.

"No sentence will be enough. We cannot get back what we have had taken away, a beautiful young life."

Have you seen soldiers?

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

These WW1 soldiers have been spotted again this afternoon in Leicester - here they are crossing Charles Street...

WWI soldiers
BBC

Have you seen them yet?

Leicester students in government video

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

These two students at Moat Community College have appeared in a very moving video about the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Students at Moat Community College
DCMS

It was put together by the government's Department for Culture, Media & Sport- watch it here.

Cricket: O'Brien recovering well

BBC Leicester Sport

There's some good news about Leicestershire wicket keeper Niall O'Brien...

He says he's ahead of schedule as he recovers from a calf injury and could be back playing in the next two weeks.

Niall O'Brien
Getty Images

He had to be stretchered off in last month's heavy defeat at Warwickshire in the One-Day Cup.

Smooth transition recognised

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Trust ended its relationship with Interserve in February following a row over the cleanliness of all three hospitals.

Chairman Karamjit Singh says: "The achievement here was that we were able to maintain services. 

"We brought about 1,700 staff back in and you get this change from 30 April to 1 May without any hitches."

Hospital stand by decision on cleaning and catering

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

Looking at some other news in Leicestershire today...

The chairman of our hospitals Trust says terminating their contract with a private cleaning and catering company was "absolutely" the right decision.

Hospital cleaning
Thinkstock

They ended their contract with Interserve early for the sake of patient safety.

Remembering our soldiers

Emily Anderson

Reporter, BBC East Midlands Today

This is my great, great uncle Harry Fellows. He was one of the last survivors of the Somme.

Harry Fellows
Emily Anderson

Children become soldiers for the day

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

There are more activities happening at Moat Community college today on the theme of the Battle of the Somme. 

Pupils have been doing uniform folding exercises and combat training...

Morgan backing Gove campaign

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

After deciding not to stand herself, Nicky Morgan has been tweeting her support for Michael Gove in the bid to be the next Prime Minister...

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School children plant poppies

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The Battle of the Somme isn't something you might expect a predominantly Muslim school to commemorate but they are over at Moat Community college in the Highfields area of Leicester.

School poppies
BBC

They've been learning about how many Indian soldiers also lost their lives in the battle.

Every teacher and student has also planted a felt poppy in their remembrance garden.

Travel: Multi-vehicle accident

BBC Travel

The A42 is blocked and there is queuing traffic southbound at J13 (Ashby-De-La-Zouch).Congestion to back to J14 (Castle Donington).

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Cricket: Foxes hope to hang onto Jones

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicestershire will be looking to extend Richard Jones' stay at the club beyond his current month-long loan spell from Warwickshire.

Jones took a wicket during this week's draw with Gloucestershire in the County Championship.

Richard Jones
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Tigers returning for new season

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

It looks like the rugby lads are getting ready to regroup at Welford Road for their 2016/17 season.

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