Runaway Stonyhurst College pupils 'located' in Caribbean

Stonyhurst College Stonyhurst College, near Clitheroe, reported them missing on Monday afternoon

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Police searching for two school pupils who ran away from a Lancashire boarding school to the Caribbean have a "good idea" of their location.

Stonyhurst College students Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva, both 16, were last seen at Manchester Airport at 03:00 GMT on Monday.

The pair are "safe" in the Dominican Republic, but officers are "physically not with them", Lancashire Police said.

They left the Roman Catholic private school in a taxi.

Stonyhurst College reported them missing on Monday afternoon. The Foreign Office was unable to confirm if they had been found.

'Unusual occurrence'
Dominican Republic Police said authorities in the Dominican Republic have a "good idea" of the pair's location

Matthew Mostyn, second master at the college, said their priorities were "to find them, to make absolutely sure they are safe and sound and see them reunited with their families".

He said: "Clearly we need to look at what we can do to improve security to make sure this doesn't happen again, but I must say that this is an unusual occurrence."

Mr Mostyn said any decisions on punishment for the missing students were "conversations for another day".

Victoria Bunyan, the widow of Edward's older half-brother Christopher, told the Daily Telegraph: "I don't approve at all, but sounds like he is having quite an adventure."

Stonyhurst College, near Clitheroe, is an independent fee-paying boarding and day school, which follows Jesuit traditions. It was founded in 1593.

Overseas and UK children aged 13 to 18 are taught there with annual boarding fees OF about £30,000.

There are 468 pupils at the school, of which 310 are boarders.

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