Headteacher speaks on missing Eastbourne girl

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THE HEAD at Bishop Bell School has spoken about a 15-year-old pupil running off to France with her maths teacher.

Bishop Bell school, police and the family of Megan Stammers are pleading with the teenager to return home to her family.

Megan is thought to have fled to France with Jeremy Forrest from Ringmer who teaches maths at Bishop Bell.

The teenager left her home in Walton Close on Friday after failing to turn up to school. The alarm was raised at lunchtime that day.

Police know that Megan and the man crossed from Dover to Calais at around 9.20am on Friday morning. They are trying to locate Mr Forest’s black Ford Fiesta, registration GJ08 RJ0.

Sussex Police believe Megan is still in France and they are liaising with French authorities to try to trace her.

Terry Boatwright, executive head teacher at Bishop Bell, said, “The whole school community is deeply concerned for Megan and shocked by what has happened.

“The thoughts and prayers of us all are with Megan and her family at this time. We would urge her to get in touch with her family to let them know she is okay and we would echo the police’s call for anyone with information to contact them.

“Clearly, everyone’s main concern is Megan’s safe return home.

“As a matter of urgency the school and local authority are investigating exactly what has happened before deciding what action needs to be taken.

“We are in close contact with police who are at a critical stage of their investigation and, for that reason, we cannot comment further at this stage.”

Her father, Martin Stammers, urged his daughter to get in touch.

He said, “We just want Megan to make contact with us.

“We are worried and miss her terribly. Please get in touch Megan.”

Anyone who knows Jeremy Forrest or has any information should call 101, quoting serial 679 of September 21.