Teacher on trial for abduction

A married teacher who taught in East Sussex was warned by colleagues to keep his distance from one of his pupils seven months before he allegedly abducted her to France, a jury has been told.

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Teacher trial latest: schoolgirl feared he could be jailed

Jeremy Forrest arrives at Lewes Crown Court Credit: PA

A schoolgirl allegedly abducted to France by her married maths teacher was worried that he could be imprisoned for "sexual contact" with her, a friend has told a court.

The girl was 15 when she started a sexual relationship with 30-year-old Jeremy Forrest after developing a crush on him at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Fearing they were about to be exposed, Forrest booked them on a cross-Channel ferry from Dover to Calais on September 20 last year before spending seven days on the run in France.

Scots-born Forrest, of Chislehurst Road, Petts Wood, Kent, denies child abduction.

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