Runaway teacher 'heading home'

Banbury Cake: Jeremy Forrest is escorted by a French police officer as he arrives at the courthouse of Bordeaux in France (AP) Jeremy Forrest is escorted by a French police officer as he arrives at the courthouse of Bordeaux in France (AP)

Runaway teacher Jeremy Forrest is due back in the UK after going on the run with a pupil, sources have said.

The 30-year-old married amateur musician, from Ringmer, East Sussex, is understood to be at a French airport awaiting a flight. He left with the teenager on September 20, sparking a Europe-wide search and prompting public appeals from both sets of families.

The pair were eventually found in Bordeaux, and Forrest was arrested on suspicion of child abduction following the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant.

Forrest appeared before magistrates in the French city last week, and his UK solicitor Phil Smith has said his client looks forward to the "full story" emerging in the coming months.

His pupil has returned to her home town and been reunited with her family. She was reported missing when she failed to turn up for school and it emerged she had travelled to France with Forrest.

The pair were spotted on CCTV cameras on a cross-Channel ferry from Dover to Calais and later tracked to Bordeaux where they were recognised by a member of the public who had seen television coverage of the case.

According to reports, he touted a bogus CV around bars in the city as he sought cash-in-hand work.

Before her disappearance, the schoolgirl told her mother that she was going to spend the night at a friend's house. Her mother said she was "really excitable" and was "jumping around". A message was later sent to one of her friends saying she had arrived safely in France.

The investigation was ramped up when she and Forrest failed to use return ferry tickets on September 23. A European Arrest Warrant was issued and the case featured on BBC's Crimewatch.

It has been claimed that Forrest was due to be suspended by the school the day before he and the girl went to France. East Sussex County Council has confirmed it and school officials were "addressing and investigating concerns", but it has not said when those were made and declined to comment on suggestions he was facing suspension.

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