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Runaway teacher flies back to UK

Salisbury Journal: Jeremy Forrest is escorted by a French police officer as he arrives at the courthouse of Bordeaux in France (AP) Jeremy Forrest is escorted by a French police officer as he arrives at the courthouse of Bordeaux in France (AP)

Runaway teacher Jeremy Forrest has been extradited to the UK after going on the run with a pupil.

The 30-year-old married amateur musician, from Ringmer, near Lewes, East Sussex, now faces questioning by British officers.

He disappeared with the 15-year-old schoolgirl on September 20, sparking a Europe-wide search and prompting public appeals from both sets of families for their safe return.

The pair were eventually found in Bordeaux eight days later after Scottish-born Forrest was recognised by pub staff after apparently touting his CV for cash-in-hand work.

At Gatwick Airport, Forrest disembarked a flight with a towel covering his head before being taken away in a police van which was waiting on the Tarmac.

In France, Forrest was held on suspicion of child abduction following the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant and was detained at Gradignan prison on the outskirts of Bordeaux.

Following his appearance in court in the French city last week, his solicitor Phil Smith, of Tuckers Solicitors, said the "full story" behind the disappearance would emerge in the coming months.

The teenager was reported missing when she failed to turn up for school and it emerged she had travelled to France with Forrest.

CCTV cameras caught Forrest's black Ford Fiesta heading to the Port of Dover with the teenager sitting in the passenger seat.

Following their arrival in France, the pair are understood to have taken the train to Bordeaux from Paris and booked into the Choiseul Hotel in a city back street.


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