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Man, 28, Charged With Murder Of Schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood

Stephen Beadman appeared before Leicester magistrates' court on Friday morning and was remanded into custody.

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Kayleigh, 15, from Measham, Leicestershire, was last seen outside Ibstock Community College at around 6pm on Friday.

Leicester police believe her body as found in a field on Wednesday night, although it has not been formally identified.

Stephen Beadman, 28, of George Avenue, Ibstock, appeared before Leicester magistrates' court on Friday morning charged with her murder.

A second man, Luke Harlow, 27, also of George Avenue, has been charged with grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child. He is also appeared before the same court.

Both men were remanded into custody and no pleas were entered.

They will appear at Leicester crown Court on 18 December.

In a statement released on Thursday, Chief Superintendent David Sandall, head of crime at Leicestershire police, said: "From the evidence available to us, we believe that the body found is Kayleigh."

A detailed examination of the area where the body was found and a postmortem is due be carried out, Sandall added.

"Understanding the events leading up to her death, and precisely how she died, is clearly our focus," he said, "as is providing whatever support we can to Kayleigh's parents, brothers and sister at this desperately bleak time for them."


Kayleigh was a student at Ashby School. In a statement on Thursday, head teacher Eddie Green said: "It was with great sadness that we learned yesterday that the disappearance of Kayleigh Haywood is now being treated as a murder enquiry and that a body had been found late last night.

"On behalf of everyone connected with Ashby School, our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time. Kayleigh was a lively and fun-loving girl in her final GCSE year who had started Year 11 with a real determination to be successful. It would appear that this opportunity has sadly been taken away from her."

Sandall had urged anyone with information to come forward to help police with their investigation.

"It remains vital that anyone who has any information at all about where Kayleigh has been since she was last seen … and who has, for whatever reason not yet come forward, does so without delay," he said

"We need to understand where she went and what has happened to her."

Fiona Rutherford is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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