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Man, 28, charged with Kayleigh Haywood murder

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Image caption Kayleigh Haywood went missing last Friday

A man has been charged with the rape and murder of Kayleigh Haywood.

The 15-year-old, from Measham, Leicestershire, was last seen when she was dropped off outside Ibstock Community College last Friday evening.

Stephen Beadman, 28, of George Avenue, Ibstock, is due to appear before Leicester Magistrates' Court later.

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 due to appear before the same court.

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Image caption Flowers were left outside the St Laurence Church in Measham, where a vigil was held for Kayleigh Haywood

A body, believed to be the missing teenager's, was found in undergrowth near a lake in Ibstock on Wednesday night. The body has not yet been formally identified.

After the discovery, Kayleigh's family said in a statement: "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."

On Thursday evening hundreds of people visited St Laurence Church, in Measham, to pay their respects to Kayleigh.

Reverend Linda Cox, from the church, said: "It was a very sombre atmosphere in there, but it was also a very supporting and loving atmosphere for each other and particularly for Kayleigh's family.

"It's mournful but respectful, and people want to come together to show their support."

A post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death is yet to be held.

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Image caption Police officers spent days searching fields around Ibstock and the Sence Valley Forest Park