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Abduction charge teacher remanded

a Scots-born teacher accused of abducting a teenage girl has been committed to a crown court for trial.

Jeremy Forrest, a teacher at Bishop Bell Church of England School in Eastbourne, East Sussex, appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court via videolink from HMP Lewes yesterday.

The Aberdeenshire-born 30-year-old was arrested by police in Bordeaux in France on September 28 after a European Arrest Warrant was issued.

After extradition to Britain, Forrest was charged by Sussex Police on October 10 with abducting a child, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Shaven-headed Forrest, dressed in a patterned jumper, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth, and listened from a prison room as the next hearing of his case was listed at Lewes Crown Court on January 11.

His solicitor Phil Smith made no application for bail during the seven-minute hearing, and there was no indication of plea.

Chairman of the bench Chris Bell further remanded Forrest, of Chislehurst Road, Petts Wood, south east London, into custody.

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