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Missing Kayleigh Haywood's mobile phone is found

Sence Valley Forest Park
Image caption Police cordoned off parts of Sence Valley Forest Park near Ibstock in their search for the teenager

Police searching for a 15-year-old schoolgirl who has been missing for several days believe they have recovered her mobile phone.

It was found by a member of the public as police stepped up their search for Kayleigh Haywood, of Measham, Leicestershire.

Leicestershire Police say she may have been in the Sence Valley Forest Park area of Ibstock on Saturday.

Two men, aged 27 and 28, have been arrested over her disappearance.

They were arrested in the Coalville and Ibstock areas of the county.

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'Last movements'

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: "It is now believed she was in the (Sence Valley Forest Park) area, near to the footpath which leads to the park, off Ravenstone Road."

She was dropped off outside Ibstock Community College, in Central Avenue, Ibstock, at 18:00 GMT on Friday.

Det Ch Supt David Sandall, of Leicestershire Police, said: "Our concern for Kayleigh is growing. She does not have her phone with her and has no way of contacting us, which adds to our worries about her safety.

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Image caption Kayleigh, from Measham, is described as being about 5ft 6in (1.7m) tall, medium build, with mousey-coloured long hair

"We have been trying to piece together her last movements and, we believe she may have been in the Sence Valley Forest Park area on Saturday afternoon.

'Very concerned'

"I would urge you to get in contact with us if you were in the area between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning. This area is used by a lot of local people, particularly dog walkers, and it is these people I need to hear from."

Kayleigh is a student at Ashby School and previously attended Ibstock Community College.

She is described as about 5ft 6in (1.7m) tall, of medium build with mousey-coloured long hair.

The principal of her former school, Ibstock Community College, David Phillips, said: "We are very concerned about the welfare of Kayleigh Haywood, who was a student here until 2013.

"We are a small school and so every student who has been part of our community is well known.

Image caption Police cordoned off an area of Ibstock as part of an investigation into Kayleigh Haywood's disappearance

"We have a strong relationship with Kayleigh's family and this continues.

"As the search continues we can assure parents that school is continuing to focus upon learning as well as giving support to students who are understandably concerned."

A statement from Ashby School said: "We are all becoming increasingly concerned for the safety and whereabouts of year 11 student Kayleigh Haywood.

"If you have seen Kayleigh or have any information as to her whereabouts, please contact the Leicestershire Police incident room."

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