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Teen, teacher run away from UK
Megan Stammers and Jeremy Forresst board a ferry to France. Photo: Sussex Police

Images have been released of a UK teenager and her married teacher, who have reportedly been in a relationship for "months", as they have fled overseas, sparking a police search across Europe.

Megan Stammers, 15, and her high school teacher Jeremy Forrest, 30, were seen on CCTV boarding a ferry to Calais last week. Mr Forrest is seen with his arm around the teenager in what is one of the only sightings of them since they fled last Thursday.

The alarm was raised Friday after Megan failed to turn up for school.

Authorities believe Megan Stammers, 15, is in France with 30-year-old Jeremy Forrest, a maths teacher at the Bishop Bell C of E School in East Sussex.

Police believe the teen left of her own accord but say they need to hear that she is safe, urging Forrest to make contact with authorities.

Britain's Daily Mail reports police have admitted they could be "anywhere in Europe".

The tabloid reports the pair had been in a relationship at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne, Sussex for up to seven months. However, the teacher remained at the school.

Megan posted a message on Twitter two months ago saying she wanted to "runaway forever" to which Mr Forrest replied "Me & you. :-) Let’s just run away".

The teenager told her mother she was going to stay at a friend's house and told her mother she loved her before running away.

French authorities say there are no records of the pair using their mobile phones or accessing cash machines.

The Daily Mail reports her distraught mother Danielle Wilson and stepfather Martin Stammers said they were in a "living hell".

Parents at the school have also demanded a full inquiry after the incident.

"Seven months is a long time. You would think that schools would be on top of things like this," Ms Wilson said.

"If we had known for one second that there was anything at that school that was untoward there is no way we would have sent her for extra tuition."

Another sighting shows Mr Forrest driving in a black Ford Fiesta with Megan as a passenger.

Of the images, Chief Inspector Jason Tingley, of Sussex police, told the Press Association: "We are releasing this photo to show Megan and Jeremy's appearance at the time they travelled to France as we believe it will improve the public's ability to recognise the pair together.

"Although they entered France, it is possible that they are elsewhere now.

"Therefore our objectives are to identify where they are and for them to contact us, so we can bring Megan home safely."

The police are working with Interpol and the French Missing Persons Bureau, plus other law enforcement agencies in Europe.

"At this time our foreign liaison is focused on raising awareness of the pair and gathering information about where they could be. We have the ability to request other support and resources from the European authorities when the need arises," he continued.

"On an inquiry like this, there will always be reports of unconfirmed sightings, which we will follow up.

"We will not comment on speculation about locations, but with public awareness being a key factor in this inquiry, we will publicise confirmed sightings."

The West Australian

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