Runaway Megan ferry pics released

Banbury Cake: CCTV footage issued by Sussex Police of missing teenager Megan Stammers and her maths teacher Jeremy Forrest CCTV footage issued by Sussex Police of missing teenager Megan Stammers and her maths teacher Jeremy Forrest

Pictures of runaway schoolgirl Megan Stammers and her maths teacher on board a ferry as they eloped to France have been released by police.

In one of the images issued by Sussex Police, the pair are seen hand in hand on the Dover to Calais route at 9.30pm last Thursday.

Megan, 15, and 30-year-old Jeremy Forrest have sparked a pan-European search, prompting frantic appeals by her family in Eastbourne, East Sussex, to make contact.

Police said although they entered France, it was possible they were elsewhere as they renewed their plea to the public to come forward with sightings.

Chief Inspector Jason Tingley, of Sussex Police, said: "We are releasing this photo to show Megan and Jeremy's appearance at the time they travelled to France as we believe it will improve the public's ability to recognise the pair together.

"Although they entered France, it is possible that they are elsewhere now. Therefore our objectives are to identify where they are and for them to contact us, so we can bring Megan home safely."

Mr Tingley said they were working with Interpol, a liaison officer in France and the French Missing Persons Bureau, plus other law enforcement agencies in Europe.

He went on: "At this time our foreign liaison is focused on raising awareness of the pair and gathering information about where they could be. We have the ability to request other support and resources from the European authorities when the need arises.

"On an inquiry like this, there will always be reports of unconfirmed sightings, which we will follow up. We will not comment on speculation about locations, but with public awareness being a key factor in this inquiry, we will publicise confirmed sightings.

"We would like to thank the public and media for their assistance. We are particularly grateful for the efforts of the international media in raising awareness about the pair abroad. Our primary concern is still to find Megan and Jeremy safe and well."

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