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Four police forces 'failing domestic abuse victims'

Just eight of 43 police forces responded well to domestic abuse and the most vulnerable victims faced a "lottery" in the way their complaints were handled, inspectors said.

The forces singled out by inspectors as being of particularly serious concern were:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Bedfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Gloucestershire

Lancashire Police was hailed as having the best response to domestic abuse.

Read more: Police 'failing' domestic violence victims

Among the forces found to be of serious concern, Bedfordshire had one officer working in its domestic violence unit, and in a case in Greater Manchester, the 13-year-old daughter of a victim was asked to act as a language interpreter for officers investigating allegations against her father.

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Stonyhurst head to consider 'all angles' in runaway case

The headmaster of the school from which two students ran away to the Caribbean has expressed relief at their return.

Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva, both 16, left Stonyhurst College before flying to the Dominican Republic. Andrew Johnson told The Telegraph:

The important thing is that they spend some time with their families and give an account to their families, and then talk to me.

Only when we know all the facts, all the angles, would I make a decision as to what the next step is, in collaboration with the parents.

Read: UK boarding school couple found in Caribbean

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Police say runaway Stonyhurst students 'safe and well'

The students have thankfully been located safe and well at a hotel in the Punta Cana area of the Dominican Republic.

Plans are now being made for their safe return to the UK. They will be given a welfare de-brief by police following their arrival back in this country.

Our priority throughout this has been to ensure the safety and welfare of these students and after they have been spoken to on their return this will signal an end of police involvement in this matter.

– A Lancashire police spokesman

Police making 'good progress' over runaway pupils

Police are making "good progress" in attempts to contact two teenagers who ran away from a boarding school and flew to the Caribbean, a senior teacher at the school has said.

Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva, 16, are believed to be in the Dominican Republic after vanishing from Stonyhurst College in Lancashire in the early hours of Monday.

The college's second master Matthew Mostyn said: "I believe that they [the police] are making good progress in making contact with them.

He also told BBC Radio 4's Today programme there was "excellent security" at the school but it was not designed to keep pupils in.

"Where there's a will there's a way, but obviously there will be a full review of our procedures in every respect as soon as we can get that going", he added.

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Stonyhurst College runaways 'located by local police'

Police in the Dominican Republic have reportedly located two teenagers who have run away from a British boarding school.

Local police are believed to have located Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva at a beach resort after they landed in the country's capital Puerto Plata but have yet to approach the teenagers, according to the Telegraph.

The families of the pair, both 16, are said to be "desperately concerned".

Meanwhile, fellow pupils at the £30,000-a-year private school took to social media - using the hashtags #WheresBunyan and #WheresIndira - to try and find news of their friends.

Read: Pair ran away from £30,000-a-year private school

Pair ran away from £30,000-a-year private school

Two 16-year-olds who have flown to the Caribbean together ran away from a leading private school which costs around £30,000-a-year to attend.

Stonyhurst College, founded in 1593, bills itself as one of Britain's leading Catholic boarding schools and costs around £29,439-a-year to attend.

Past pupils at the College include actor Charles Laughton and the Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The school received an outstanding inspection report in April 2010 from Ofsted.

Read: Relative unsure why boarding school teen ran away

Relative unsure why boarding school teen ran away

A relative of a British teenager who has run away from his boarding school and flown to the Dominican Republic has said she is unsure why he has run away.

Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva, both 16, vanished from Stonyhurst College in Lancashire at 3am on Monday before flying to the Dominican Republic.

Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva flew to the Dominican Republic from Manchester Airport. Credit: PA Wire

"I don't approve at all but sounds like he is having quite an adventure," Victoria Bunyan, the widow of Edward's older half-brother Christopher, told the Telegraph.

"It is going to get him in rather a lot of trouble I am sure," Ms Bunyan said revealing that she first heard of the disappearance on the news.

"I'm not sure why he did it; they are very hormonal at that age. I don't know anything about the girl - I suspect her family are very worried too.

"I don't know what was going on at school for him but he is a bright boy so I am sure he will be ok and will work it out."

Read: College couple flee UK boarding school for Caribbean

College couple flee UK boarding school for Caribbean

Two teenagers have run away from their boarding school and flown to the Caribbean together.

Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva, both 16, are thought to have vanished at around 3am from Stonyhurst College before heading to Manchester airport where they subsequently caught a flight to the Dominican Republic.

The couple are believed to have flown to the Dominican Republic together. Credit: PA Wire

A spokesman for the Roman Catholic private school in Lancashire said the families of the pair are "desperately concerned", according to the Telegraph.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "We do know they are in the Dominican Republic but as to their exact location - inquiries are continuing to try and trace them."

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