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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.

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.

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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.

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."

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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School 'extremely worried' about runaway couple

A senior teacher at a Catholic private school where two teenagers have ran away from has said the school is "extremely worried" about the pair.

Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva, both 16, left Stonyhurst College at around 3am on Monday before flying to the Dominican Republic.

Mr Matthew Mostyn said it was an "immensely distressing" period for the families of the teenagers, and that no one would relax until the pair are back in England.

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Police: Care workers showed 'disregard' for victims

Darren Smith, Katie Cairns, Gemma Pearson and Carol Moore showed complete disregard for the well-being of the people they had been entrusted to care for.

Further to that, their ill-treatment was directed at some of the most vulnerable members of our community - these people couldn't speak out or defend themselves.

Their behaviour was utterly contemptible and I can only hope they will now reflect on their actions and see just how cowardly their conduct was.

I would once again like to take this opportunity to commend those members of staff who displayed great courage and decency in speaking out against this despicable behaviour.

– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hulme, of Lancashire Constabulary

Families 'take no pleasure' from care case outcome

The families of the elderly dementia sufferers who were abused by care workers at Hillcroft nursing home said they did not "take any pleasure" from today's outcome and added that they were still waiting for an apology from the perpetrators.

Because of their illnesses, we do not know how the victims feel about what happened to them, but we do our best to speak on their behalf.

The guilty pleas and verdicts provided final confirmation that our relatives had been the victims of abuse at Hillcroft and this saddened us greatly. The investigation and court case have been extremely distressing for us all and we do not take any pleasure in the outcome.

There are lessons to be learnt from this case and we are contributing to the ongoing Learning Review, which we hope will provide meaningful recommendations and result in changes to the law.

– Joint statement from families of Hillcroft nursing home victims

The statement added that they were "still waiting to receive formal apologies" from the four care workers sentenced today.

They also added that it "disappointed" them that Gemma Pearson would not serve jail time her role in the abuse at the care home.

Read: What the four care workers were sentenced for

What the four care workers were sentenced for

Carol Moore - The care team leader was found guilty of one count in which she struck a resident on the unit for people with "challenging behaviour". The court heard she walked up to the victim and slapped him after a complaint was made from the man's wife about a lack of activities at the home.

Carol Moore, 54. Credit: Lancashire Police

Darren Smith - The 35-year-old admitted eight counts of ill-treatment in which he threw bean bags or balls at eight residents.

Darren Smith, 35. Credit: Lancashire Police

Katie Cairns - She was convicted of three charges including stamping on a victim's foot, throwing bean bags at another male and mocking another.

Katie Cairns, 27. Credit: Lancashire Police

Gemma Pearson - She was convicted of attempting to tip a resident out of his wheelchair and was told that if she had succeeded, she would have been sent to jail.

Gemma Pearson, 28. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive
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