CAUGHT ON CAM­ERA

Miss­ing teen and teacher strolling hand-in-hand on cross-chan­nel ferry

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTIN DUNN

FUGI­TIVE maths teacher Jeremy For­rest has been pic­tured hold­ing hands with miss­ing 15-year-old stu­dent Me­gan Stam­mers on a ferry bound for France.

Two im­ages – taken on board a Dover to Calais ferry on Septem­ber 21 – emerged last night, as it was also re­vealed that mar­ried For­rest may have been in­volved with Me­gan for at least SEVEN MONTHS.

A pal of the school­girl said the pair were spot­ted openly hold­ing hands on the way back from a school trip in Fe­bru­ary.

The friend said con­cerns were told to an­other teacher about their re­la­tion­ship, fol­low­ing the five-day trip to Los Angeles. The friend, from Bishop Bell C of E School in East­bourne, East Sus­sex, said a class­mate had raised the is­sue af­ter see­ing the pair hold­ing hands on the flight home.

The 15-year-old said: “I kind of knew it was go­ing to hap­pen be­cause of the way they were with each other, and my friends were talk­ing about it when they were on the LA trip.

“It was ob­vi­ous it was gonna hap­pen. They were al­ways to­gether.”

An East Sus­sex County Coun­cil spokesman ad­mit­ted al­le­ga­tions of a re­la­tion­ship be­tween the stu­dent and teacher were in the process of be­ing in­ves­ti­gated when Me­gan went miss­ing with the mar­ried 30-year-old.

He said: “Be­cause the in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing we are not go­ing to com­ment in de­tail, how­ever the school and the county coun­cil had been ad­dress­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing con­cerns that had been raised, in line with pro­ce­dure, when this hap­pened.

“That in­ves­ti­ga­tion will continue and we’ll de­cide what ac­tion to take.”

Me­gan’s par­ents have made an emo­tional ap­peal for her to get in contact with them, af­ter she caught a ferry to the con­ti­nent five days ago with 30-year-old For­rest.

The pair trav­elled to­gether on a ferry from Dover to Calais on Thurs­day evening and were due to come back to the UK on Sun­day, but did not use the re­turn tick­ets.

CLOSE: For­rest

holds Me­gan’s hand on ferry to France

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