No further action after arrest in Forrest case

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.

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.

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No further action will be taken against a 35-year-old woman who was arrested in connection with the Jeremy Forrest case.

Forrest, who taught at Bishop Bell School, was jailed for five-and-a-half years at Lewes Crown Court in April after being convicted of child abduction and admitting five counts of sexual activity with a child.

It followed an international police manhunt after one of his pupils, who was 15 at the time, ran away to France with him.

A 35-year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the case but Sussex Police have now said no further action will be taken against her.

The spokeswoman added, “No further action will be taken against a 35-year-old woman from Hertfordshire who was arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the Jeremy Forrest case.”

The high profile Forrest case made national news headlines and the girl, who is now 16 and cannot be named for legal reasons, told the Sun after the court case how she still loved him.

Her step-mum also revealed to the Daily Mail that the teenager is often left in tears over vicious comments about her on the internet. She said since Forrest was sentenced the girl had changed her hair colour, has a new name and was focusing on her A-level studies.

She added initially when the schoolgirl had gone missing they feared she had been taken by a stranger and they may never see her alive again.