Mum of Forrest victim on TV promoting book

Teacher Jeremy Forrest arriving at Lewes Crown Court where he is accused of abducting a pupil. Forrest, 30, was arrested in Bordeaux, France, on September 28 last year following the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant. ENGSUS00120131006144800
Teacher Jeremy Forrest arriving at Lewes Crown Court where he is accused of abducting a pupil. Forrest, 30, was arrested in Bordeaux, France, on September 28 last year following the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant. ENGSUS00120131006144800

The mother of the 15-year-old who was abducted by her teacher Jeremy Forrest has written a book and appeared on television to promote the publication.

The Bishop Bell maths teacher was found guilty of abduction and admitted sexual offences against his teenage pupil back in 2012.

Named The Runaway Schoolgirl, the book tells the story of the abduction, the search for the pair, the trial at which Forrest was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison and how the family came to terms with what had happened.

The names in the book have been changed for legal reasons and the mother refers to her daughter as Gemma to protect her identity.

The mother appeared on This Morning on ITV1 yesterday (Thursday, January 29) to promote the book.

She has faced criticism for the book and television appearance and she told the show’s presenters, Philip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, that releasing the book had ‘not been an easy decision’.

Speaking on the show, she said, “One day we are a normal family and the next we have got the world’s media camped outside our door.

“I wanted to put the record straight.”

The girl and her mother have had a difficult relationship since the incident and on This Morning the mother said, “She knows about it [the book] but she is not happy about it.”

She told viewers she was not being paid for any interviews and would give any proceeds to her children and charity.

The book, written under the name of Davina Williams, will be released in February priced at £16.99.