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Sussex schoolgirl missing with teacher, police believe
A teacher is believed to have gone on the run to France with a teenage schoolgirl.
Megan Stammers, 15, who is thought to be with 30-year-old Jeremy Forrest, remained missing last night.
Police said they believed the two were together after boarding a boat to Calais from Dover at 9.20pm on Friday.
Sources last night claimed Mr Forrest is a maths teacher at Bishop Bell School in Priory Road, Eastbourne, which Megan also attends.
A Sussex Police spokeswoman said “critical lines of inquiry” were being pursued in order to find Megan, whose father Martin Stammers is a teacher at The Causeway School in Eastbourne.
The spokeswoman refused to answer whether or not Megan was considered to be in danger, but said: “She is vulnerable because of her age.”
Megan, of Walton Close, Eastbourne, was reported missing on Friday at 12.30pm after failing to turn up to school.
She is described as 5ft 6in, of slim build, with very long dark brown hair and was last seen wearing a white vest top and a silver necklace.
Officers said she was taken in a car to the Kent ferry port before catching the boat to France.
Yesterday a Sussex Police spokeswoman said officers were continuing to liaise with their French counterparts.
People have been asked to look out for Mr Forrest’s black Ford Fiesta which has the number plate GJ08 RJO.
It is understood Mr Forrest is recently married.
Detective Inspector Andy Harbour, of Sussex Police, said: “We are appealing for Megan to make contact with her family who are very worried and miss her. “We know that she crossed from Dover to Calais at around time 9.20pm.
“We believe she is still in France and we are in contact with the French authorities.”
Yesterday, all was quiet outside the family home on an estate in Langney, a suburb of Eastbourne.
Megan’s mother, pictured, appeared briefly before she was driven away in the family car.
Lewes District Commander, Chief Inspector Jason Tingley, added: “We are investigating several lines of enquiry and are grateful for the support and cooperation from Megan's family and friends.
“We need Megan or Jeremy to make contact with us to help us return her safely to her family.”
Mr Stammers said: "We just want Megan to make contact with us. We are worried and miss her terribly. Please get in touch Megan.”
He launched an internet campaign to bring her home, setting up a website where people could post pictures of her and report possible sightings of her.
Celebrities including Mollie King from pop group The Saturdays posted messages on Twitter calling for people to keep looking for Megan.
Her father said: “Have to remain strong for Meg, can’t dwell in the misery of what ifs – we love you sweetheart, doing all we can.”
No one answered at Bishop Bell School either yesterday or on Saturday. The gates at school were locked all weekend.
A statement on its website said: “We are extremely concerned about a missing pupil and, if anyone at all has any information, we would urge them to contact the police as a matter of urgency.”
A spokesman for East Sussex County Council said: “Obviously this is a serious situation and one which we are extremely concerned about. Our main concern is Megan’s safe return home.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101.