Dad pleas for return of Eastbourne maths teacher who ran off with 15-year-old pupil (From The Argus)
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Dad pleas for return of Eastbourne maths teacher Jeremy Forrest who ran off with 15-year-old pupil Megan Stammers
4:05pm Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
The father and mother of teacher Jeremy Forrest wept as they pleaded with him to come home today.
Jeremy Forrest was last seen arm-in-arm with 15-year-old schoolgirl Megan Stammers on a ferry to France on Thursday evening.
Dad Jim Forrest said: "Hi Meg and Jeremy, I hope this message reaches you and you are both okay.
"There are a lot of people back home that are desperate to hear from you.
"All I am asking is for one of you to make a call, send an email, so we know you are both safe.
"We are all here for you both. Please, please get in contact."
Mr Forrest, from Petts Wood, south east London, appeared alongside his tearful wife Julie to make the appeal a week after the pair, from Eastbourne, were last seen.
Sussex Police Chief Inspector Jason Tingley confirmed today that a European Arrest Warrant had been issued for Forrest for child abduction.
He added: "As part of the process of working with the French authorities, we have secured an international letter of request and a European Arrest Warrant.
"These orders, which have been obtained with the help of the Crown Prosecution Service, enable us to work with the European authorities, and are in relation to an offence of child abduction.
"This means taking Megan without the consent of her parents.
"The full details of this warrant have been circulated to every EU country.
"When the pair are found in an EU country, Jeremy can be arrested and Megan will be taken into protection."
He ruled out the possibility the pair were not alive.
"There is nothing to suggest this is the case," he said.
But he admitted one week after they boarded a ferry to Calais there have been no definite sightings of them, although there had been a number of rumoured sightings across Europe.
For the full story see tomorrow's Argus.