Megan Stammers
Megan Stammers

Teenager Megan Stammers has returned to Britain after the eight day hunt for her and maths teacher Jeremy Forrest.

The 15-year-old from Eastbourne left Bordeaux accompanied by officers from Sussex Police's child protection team, as lawyers working for Forrest, 30, revealed their client will not challenge extradition proceedings and will also return to the UK.

The married teacher, who worked at the Bishop Bell C of E school in Eastbourne, faces allegations of child abduction after he was arrested in a police swoop in the Bordeaux on Friday, where he is believed to have sought work in a bar.

Phil Smith, from Tuckers Solicitors, said in a statement: "He [Forrest] has agreed to return to the UK as soon as possible without the need for protracted extradition proceedings."

It is believed Stammers had entered France using the passport of her 37-year-old mother, Julie.

The eight day hunt for the teenager ended when the pair was spotted in Bordeaux by a member of the public who recognised Forrest from television coverage.

Megan's family expressed their joy that she had been found.

Stepfather Martin Stammers told reporters at a press conference: "We just can't wait to be reunited with her. Our family are overjoyed at the outcome. As you can imagine it's been an absolute emotional rollercoaster."