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Runaway teacher on way back to Britain

BORDEAUX, France: Jeremy Forrest, the British teacher who ran away to France with a 15-year-old pupil, was at Bordeaux airport Wednesday awaiting extradition back to Britain, sources said.

A French court ruled last week that Forrest, 30, should be returned to Britain to face a charge of kidnapping a minor related to his disappearance with Megan Stammers.

The couple left Britain on September 20, triggering a Europe-wide hunt that resulted in them being picked up ten days later by police in Bordeaux in southwestern France.

Stammers was repatriated the following day while Forrest was detained in Bordeaux to allow a French magistrate to consider an international arrest warrant issued by the British authorities.

Forrest did not contest the extradition at last week's hearing and, through his lawyer, has said he is keen for the "full story" of the elopement to be told.

Although the arrest warrant refers to kidnapping, it is not clear that the authorities will proceed with such a serious charge against the married maths teacher.

There has never been any suggestion that Stammers was taken to France against her will and her parents repeatedly emphasised that they did not believe she was in any danger whilst in Forrest's company.

 
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