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Runaway teacher charged by police

SCOTS-born teacher Jeremy Forrest was last night charged with child abduction after disappearing with a 15-year-old schoolgirl last month.

The 30-year-old married amateur musician, who is originally from Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, was flown back to the UK, accom-panied by British police, aboard an easyJet flight which arrived at Gatwick Airport.

The maths teacher was extradited to the UK from France, where the pair were found eight days after their disappearance.

Forrest, from Ringmer, East Sussex, had been at the centre of an international hunt after going on the run with the teenager, who was one of his pupils.

Following public appeals from both sets of families for their safe return, the pair were discovered in Bordeaux on September 20.

Forrest will appear at Eastbourne Magistrates' Court today.

In France, Forrest was held on suspicion of child abduction following the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant and was detained at Gradignan prison on the outskirts of Bordeaux.

The schoolgirl has since been reunited with her family.

A Sussex Police statement said: "Jeremy Forrest, 30, a teacher, of Broyleside Cottages, Ringmer, has tonight been charged with child abduction."

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