Runaway teacher Jeremy Forrest lands back in UK

Jeremy Forrest, seen on a photographer's camera, boards a plane to Gatwick Airport today. Photo: Police

Runaway teacher Jeremy Forrest was extradited to the UK today after going on the run with a pupil.

The 30-year-old married amateur musician, from Ringmer, near Lewes, East Sussex, now faces questioning by British officers.

He disappeared with a 15-year-old on September 20, sparking a Europe-wide search and prompting public appeals from both sets of families for their safe return.

The pair were eventually found in Bordeaux eight days later after Scots-born Forrest was recognised by pub staff after apparently touting his CV for cash-in-hand work.

At Gatwick Airport in West Sussex this afternoon, Forrest disembarked a flight with a towel covering his head before being taken away in a police van which was waiting on the Tarmac.

French police escort teacher Jeremy Forrest as they arrive at the courthouse in Bordeaux last week. Credit: Reuters

In France, Forrest was held on suspicion of child abduction following the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant and was detained at Gradignan prison on the outskirts of Bordeaux.

Following his appearance in court in the French city last week, his solicitor Phil Smith, of Tuckers Solicitors, said the "full story" behind the disappearance would emerge in the coming months.

Mr Forrest's pupil has since been reunited with her family.

She was reported missing when she failed to turn up for school and it emerged she had travelled to France with Forrest.

CCTV cameras caught Forrest's black Ford Fiesta heading to the Port of Dover with the teenager sitting in the passenger seat.

A message was sent to one of her friends saying she had arrived safely in France, and her mother received a text message telling her she had not arrived at school.

Police were aware that return ferry tickets had been bought, but when the pair failed to use them on September 23, the investigation was ramped up.