Teacher Jeremy Forrest held as missing Megan Stammers found in Bordeaux, France
Missing schoolgirl Megan Stammers and her teacher Jeremy Forrest have been found in France, Sussex police said today.
The 15-year-old has been taken into protection and Forrest, 30, has been arrested, the force said.
They were found at around 12.15pm today UK time.
Police would not reveal the exact location.
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The pair were both "safe and well", the force said.
Forrest has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction.
They were found as a result of information that came after the case received media coverage in France, police said.
Forrest and Megan’s families have been informed and arrangements will be made for their return to the UK, the force added.
French media reported that the pair were found in Bordeaux.
The alarm was raised when Megan, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, failed to go to school a week ago and it was discovered that she had travelled with Forrest on a ferry from Dover to Calais the previous evening.
They had tickets to return to the UK on Sunday, but did not use them.
Both their families made emotional appeals for their return.
According to the Sun newspaper, Megan's natural father is Barry Wratten, 41, who lives in Leicester. The paper reported that he wanted her to get in touch with him. It reported him as saying: "All we want is Megan home safely. I want her to know we are not angry."
Mr Forrest’s father Jim, of Petts Wood, south east London, begged his son or the teenager yesterday to call or email home.
Flanked by his wife Julie, he said: “Hi Megan, hi Jeremy, I hope this message reaches you and you are both OK. There are a lot of people back home that are desperate to hear from you. All I am asking is for one of you to make a call, send an email, so we know you are both safe.
“We are all here for you both. Please, please get in contact.”