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Man charged with rape and murder of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood

Kayleigh Haywood
Kayleigh Haywood

A man has been charged with the rape and murder of teenager Kayleigh Haywood whose body was found by police five days after she went missing.

Stephen Beadman, 28, was charged by Leicestershire Police with murder and one count of rape.

A second man, Luke Harlow, 27, is accused of grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child.

The pair, both from George Avenue in the village of Ibstock, Leicestershire, are in custody and will appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Kayleigh, 15, from Measham in the county, was last seen by her family at around 6pm last Friday when she was dropped off outside Ibstock Community College, in the village.

Earlier, her family spoke of their heartbreak when a body, believed to be that of the teenager, was found near a lake in Ibstock.

A statement released on behalf of the family said: "We are heartbroken, grief stricken and as a family, utterly devastated. There are no words to express the way we are feeling.

"We cannot even begin to thank the local communities and wider public for their messages of support which have helped us through the last week.

"We are also grateful for the publicity the media have given to Kayleigh's disappearance and the desperate search to find her."