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Megan Stammers: Schoolgirl due to fly home from France

  • 29 September 2012
  • From the section England
Megan Stammers
Megan Stammers was reported missing by her family after she failed to turn up for school

Schoolgirl Megan Stammers is expected to fly home to the UK from France later, more than a week after she went missing with her maths teacher.

It is understood the 15-year-old's mother Danielle Wilson will fly to Bordeaux to accompany her back to Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Teacher Jeremy Forrest, 30, has been arrested by French police on suspicion of child abduction.

The pair were found in Bordeaux on Friday, after a sighting on Thursday.

Megan had been reported missing by her family after she failed to turn up at Bishop Bell C of E School, in Eastbourne, on Friday 21 September.

'So relieved'

It later emerged she and Mr Forrest had caught a ferry from Dover to Calais, the day before.

Following the news they had been found, Megan's stepfather Martin Stammers said: "Danielle and I are so relieved that Megan has been found safe and well. We just can't wait to be reunited with her.

"Our family are overjoyed at the outcome. As you can imagine, it's been an absolute emotional rollercoaster."

Mr Forrest is in custody in Bordeaux on a European arrest warrant, and "British police say the legal process could take several days before he is returned for formal questioning", said the BBC's Paris correspondent Christian Fraser.

In a statement read to the media, Mr Forrest's parents, Jim and Julie Forrest, said they were relieved the pair had been found, and it had been "an ordeal for all the families concerned".

Five sightings

Sussex Police say Megan is now being looked after in France by child protection team officers and British consular staff.

Ch Insp Jason Tingley said officers were still working to confirm reports of where the pair had been sighted before they were found.

He said officers received a number of possible sightings of Megan and Mr Forrest in France, following extensive media coverage.

He said the operation to locate and detain the pair came after a fifth sighting, in Bordeaux, was reported.

"We were swiftly able to confirm this sighting," he said.

"A joint operation between the French Police, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and Sussex Police was commenced immediately, and as a result both Megan and Jeremy were safely located and detained in the city."

He said there had also been a number of unconfirmed reports elsewhere in Europe.

Map timeline showing movements of Megan Stammers and Jeremy Forrest

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