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THE mar­ried maths teacher who ran away with a school­girl to France says he can’t wait to tell “the full story” when he re­turns to Bri­tain.

Jeremy For­rest, 30, ap­peared be­fore a mag­is­trates court in Bordeaux un­der armed guard yes­ter­day.

And he was told by a judge he can only be charged with child ab­duc­tion in Bri­tain af­ter the court agreed to his ex­tra­di­tion.

For­rest ad­mit­ted he was the per­son ac­cused of ab­duct­ing 15-year-old Me­gan Stam­mers – a pupil at Bishop Bell C of E School in East­bourne, East Sus­sex.

The pair spent eight days on the run, stay­ing in bud­get ho­tels and liv­ing on a diet of ke­babs.

They were dis­cov­ered on Fri­day af­ter an in­ter­na­tional man­hunt and Me­gan re­turned home to a se­cret lo­ca­tion on Satur­day.


For­rest’s French lawyer, Daniel Lalanne, told the court that the teacher would co-op­er­ate with the British po­lice when he re­turned

For­rest spoke only to con­firm his name, age, date of birth and to ac­knowl­edge that he un­der­stood the al­le­ga­tions against him.

He wore a checked shirt over a T-shirt, jeans and train­ers.

Out­side court his English so­lic­i­tor Phil Smith said: “Jeremy has agreed to be ex­tra­dited back to the UK as soon as pos­si­ble.

“We look for­ward to the full story emerg­ing in the com­ing months. He is very ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port and as­sis­tance given to him by his fam­ily, and in par­tic­u­lar his par­ents.”

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