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  • 16 January 2014, 16:33

Teens Flee Top School For Caribbean Holiday

Two teenagers have disappeared from their boarding school in the middle of the night - and flown to the Caribbean together.

Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva, both 16, are thought to have vanished at around 3amon Monday from Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

It is thought they ordered a taxi together to Manchester airport, where they caught a flight to the Dominican Republic.

Police there are said to be searching for them and, on Thursday morning, their parents were reported to be flying out to the Caribbean island to help find them. The two families are said to be desperately concerned.

According to their Facebook profiles, Indirasays she is from Kazakhstan, but lives in Brighton.

Edward, who calls himself Eddy, says his home is Sotogrande, an upmarketresidential development, popular with expats, in southern Spain.

A statement released to Sky News by the school on Thursday said: "Two of our sixth formers left the College during the course of Monday morning and we have been working closely with their families and with the police since then.

"We understand from the police that they may be overseas, and we are awaiting more news.

"Our main concern is to be sure that they are safe and sound, and to reunite them with their families as soon as possible."

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."

She said she had heard of the disappearance on the news, adding: "It is going to get him in rather a lot of trouble I am sure.

"I'm not sure why he did it; they are very hormonal at that age. I don't know anything about the girl - I suspect her family are very worried too.

"I don't know what was going on at school for him but he is a bright boy so I am sure he will be ok and will work it out."

Fellow pupils took to social media - using the hashtags #WheresBunyan and #WheresIndira - to try to find news of their friends.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "We do know they are in the Dominican Republic, but as to their exact location - enquiries are continuing to try and trace them."

Stonyhurst College was founded in 1593 and bills itself as one of Britain's leading Catholic boarding schools, adheringto the Jesuit tradition.

Past pupils include Sir Arthur ConanDoyle, former BBC director general Mark Thompson, three saints and seven archbishops.

It received an outstanding inspection report in April 2010 from Ofsted.

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