Accused teacher set to face additional court charges

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A French court has ruled that schoolteacher Jeremy Forrest, who stands accused of the abduction of a teenage girl, can also be charged with other offences.

A court in Bordeaux made the ruling last week but Forrest’s lawyers have lodged an appeal against the decision, which blocks the immediate application of the ruling in Britain.

The 30-year-old teacher from Bishop Bell School was arrested in September in Bordeaux. He was with a 15-year-old girl who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Forrest, of Broyleside Cottages in Ringmer, was extradited in October under a European arrest warrant on suspicion of child abduction.

He is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court on that charge on Friday (January 25) but the Crown prosecution Service wants to add another charge.

However, because this charge was not included in the extradition request, they can do so only with the agreement of the French court that approved his handover. A police spokesperson said the new charge had been suspended pending the appeal process through the court