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Missing Megan Stammers Found In France
Missing schoolgirl Megan Stammers has been found in France with her maths teacher Jeremy Forrest after a week-long international search.
The pair were apparently stopped by police as they made their way - hand-in-hand - to a work-related appointment in the centre of Bordeaux.
It is understood Forrest had recently been interviewed for a bar job.
The married teacher was held on suspicion of child abduction and Megan, 15, taken into police protection.
Forrest is due to be taken from a police station in Bordeaux to the city's Palais de Justice, where he will be officially notified of his arrest.
He is due to attend a formal court hearing on Tuesday morning and is likely to be held in custody until then, sources said.
A European Arrest Warrant had been issued for Forrest - a part-time musician - earlier this week.
The pair, who left Britain on a cross-Channel ferry on September 20, were found as "a direct result of media coverage in France", French police said.
Reports in French media suggested that a member of the public had tipped police off about a sighting 48 hours before they were found.
Megan's stepfather Martin Stammers, who last night made an emotional appeal for her return on BBC's Crimewatch, said he was "thrilled to bits".
"The relief, the outpouring of love from everyone is just amazing. We are just so, so happy.
"As time goes on you despair even more, but knowing Megan, knowing the girl she is, I always had that belief she was strong enough within herself to stay safe and well."
Forrest's parents - Jim and Julie Forrest - said in a statement: "We are pleased that Megan and Jeremy have been found safe and well.
"This has been an ordeal for all the families concerned. We would like to thank Sussex and the French police as well as the British media for their assistance.
"We are relieved that the search is finally over and everyone can now focus on a safe and secure return for them both."
It is believed the pair had travelled to the south-western city by train after leaving Forrest's car in Paris.
They were picked up today on La Rue Sainte Catherine at 12.15pm, UK time.
Sussex Police said: "Their families have been informed and arrangements will now be made for Megan and Jeremy's safe return."
The schoolgirl was said to be "safe and well" but is expected to undergo a French police medical examination before she is able to return to her family.
Megan's mother Danielle Wilson was seen leaving the house in a hurry following the news of her daughter's discovery.
Police suggested the schoolgirl could be back in Eastbourne, her home town, this evening.
Terry Boatwright, headteacher of Bishop Bell School, where Megan was taught by Forrest, said: "Everyone in the Bishop Bell School community is delighted that Megan has been found and can now be reunited with her family, who must be so relieved.
"Throughout the last week, finding Megan has been everyone's priority and a major focus of our thoughts and prayers in school.
"Clearly, much needs to be done now to support Megan, and her family, as they seek to return to some sort of normality and we will do all we can to play our part in that."
East Sussex Council said it is investigating what happened.
On a Facebook page set up to help the search, well-wishers expressed their relief at the news Megan would be returning home.
Craig Michael Warner said: "Great news so pleased was all I could think about."
Derek John Wroe said: "Excellent news. Very happy indeed for the family in what must have been a horrific nightmare. Wishing the Stammers all the best."
Julia Rees said: "So glad Megan is safe and well... It is going to be a very bumpy road ahead but with all this overwhelming love and support she'll be fine."
Police appeals for the pair had been translated into French, but there were some suggestions that Megan and Forrest were not actively being hunted in France.
Sky's home affairs correspondent Mark White said Megan's disappearance had not been headline news in France, despite a number of appeals by her family in Britain.
"It was in quite a few of the papers and on television," White said.
"It was in the public consciousness, but it only began to get something more in the way of coverage in the last 24 to 48 hours."
Under French law, a 15-year-old is not considered a minor in sexual terms.
However Forrest could be deemed to have committed a crime in France if he is found to have abused the position of authority he had as Megan's teacher.
There had been no confirmed sighting of Megan and Forrest seen since they were captured of CCTV during the ferry crossing to Calais.
However, a British grandmother told The Sun she had seen them walking hand-in-hand through Paris on Sunday, the day they should have been returning to the UK.
Megan left her home in Walton Close, Eastbourne at around 4.30pm last Thursday, telling her mother she was going to stay overnight at a friend's house.
Later that day CCTV recorded Mr Forrest's black Ford Fiesta heading to Dover with Megan in the passenger seat.
The following morning Megan's mother received a text message from Bishop Bell C of E School to say that Megan had not attended any lessons that day and police were called.
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Spot on my friend.
Valerie... I think your answer lies in the number of deltions!!!!
That's right. Some racists insidiously skirt around the subject while others, like those no doubt deleted, come straight out with their polluting, backward views. The more spineless ones prefer make leading comments, eh, Valerie? And hope some of their likeminded friends will 'pick up' on what they are trying to say but don't want Orange to block their vile messages.
Valerie - I think we all know why!!
You don`t know why Lucy ? Are you a liberal or just naive ?
Well I don't know why. So I'm with Lucy. Unless you believe of course that this story has got more of the smut about it. And no, I am not a liberal, nor naive. So please Mick and Edgar, enlighten Lucy and I and we will see if you really do know the answer.
I think I may have worked it out. Would it have anything to do with the ethnicity of the perpetrators of this dreadful crime?
I`ll give you 5 out of 10 for being so slow. Heavy going last night ?
Cheers Edgar...must be a bad hair day
Orange have knocked my comment off. Touched a nerve I think LOL
Yes - very mysterious how that story seems to have completely disappeared . Any explananation Orange ? ... didn't think so.
'Completely disappeared'? If you hurry you'll find it on 'Most Commented' above. Sorry that didn't fit into your insidious agenda.
glad they've been found safe.
Thank heavens they've been found safe and well
Sorry Elaine, was there ever any question as to her safety?
Er...yes, Michael, there was. Especially when his dad was quoted as saying: 'She'll be okay as long as Jeremy doesn't flip.' (unquote).
No there wasn't.
If her dad knew him well enough to suspect he was likely !to flip" then the question must be asked "how much did her dad know about their relationship?"
Michael, Chris is correct! It was his father that made that comment. He knows his Son better than anyone eh?
I had little doubt that they would be found in one piece, now ! what happens to him ?
They will both make a fortune, selling their story to the newspapers and other magazines. Who says crime does not pay?
well there was somebody on tv this morning who did exactly the same thing, and it was all over the papers at the time and she said quote " it was the biggest mistake she ever made"
Would someone please enlighten me. Why would Orange not want to report about the Rochdale case. There is clearly something I do not know. Oh and anyone who is omniscient, please speak up
Aaaahhhh. I think I may have worked it out. Would it have anything to do with the ethnicity of the perpetrators of this dreadful crime?
What planet are some of you on. This is an ongoing missing person case while with the Rochdale case they are guilty and going through the courts. So why would it be on the news daily.
It's more what's on their shoulder's ali. That same old boring 'chip'.
Good.Am glad she's going to be back where she belongs,at home with her family.
They're gonna have one stroppy teen on their hands when she gets home. I hope they both think it was worth it. Selfish pair.
good they've been tracked down - however from the photos, she didn't exactly look as if she was struggling to get away from him - both foolish I think - and both need to have pointed out to them the hassle they've caused - no comments from his wife though ?
My thoughts too
kristina, just for the moment, putting aside the rights and wrongs of what has happened, you have used the phrase "struggling to get away" .... Was there every the question that she was forcablely taken to France against her will?
exactly my thoughts Kristina b.i think not only has he ruined his career as a teacher but also a musician but i think he now has an ex wife.silly man never thought about the consequences. as for the girl she can carry on unblemished obviously at a different school.
Quote: "Would someone please enlighten me. Why would Orange not want to report about the Rochdale case. There is clearly something I do not know. Oh and anyone who is omniscient, please speak up" I think with all the doodah that is likely to "hit the fan" when the real reasons behind the pathetic response by various agencies, including the police, come to light, media people are keeping well clear at the moment because of not wanting to be dragged into what inevitably will become a torrid mess centred arround political correctness/race issues. It seems these days that the mere "hint" of racial overtones, leads to rediculously "padded" kid gloves being quickly pulled on...................if they had been "white" it would be ALL over EVERYWHERE in glorious and gawdy details!!
It's already been 'ALL over EVERYWHERE'. Where've you been? And there'll be more to come, don't worry. As for the press using 'kid gloves', crikey, the press actually FEED OFF anything to do with race, don't kid yourself - take a look at the Mail, Express, Star and Sun any day of the week.
Some English people really need to go to university and learn how to put an academic argument forward, rather then spout out ignorant rubbish
Not just the English!
movvi at least foreigners can have an excuse at being plain stupid :)
What's your excuse?
The question every parent would like answered is how many more teenage girls are at risk from teahcers like this? How deep does this go? It is quite obvious that this teacher had so little respect for his employers and the rules and for the girls' parents that he was prepared to go to this extent to satisfy his lust. Are there more teachers out there we should be concerned about?
Richard I generally have faith in society and I honestly believe their are far more good apples then bad ones.
I'm sure there are many bad teachers as well as good out there - as with other professions. The obvious difference between this and others, though, of course, is that we work so closely with children. Let's hope we can weed the bad eggs out!
I'm so glad Megan has been found safe and well. im sure for her its been very romantic and all "Romeo and Juliet". He is a predator im my opinion, from his side IF it had been true love, im sure he would have waited until she was 18 and they could have had a happy life together with him being able to keep his job and give them a bright future. However his actions look to me like a man who thought his VERY young girlfriend may move on in that time... My worry was that with the media coverage being what it was,they may have seen things as "us against the world" then i believe she may have been in danger.
I am glad she was found, cause the longer it went on the more sinister or could have turned out.
a lot of 15 old girls are steet wise and know all about the birds and the bees.so this guy will get in trouble if he waited 1 year it would not have made any papers,and as for the girl needing support dont make me laugh
Glad all the stress is over for both families finally. For Jeremy, though, the real trouble starts now: he'll have no wife and no home, will never work as a teacher again and will always have brought uwanted attention and worry to his family. Not much of that can be undone so effectively he has lost almost everything irreversibly overnight. I still can't comprehend how he can have behaved so irrationally.