By Dana Ferguson
A MISSING schoolgirl who ran off with her married maths teacher has been found in France following a massive manhunt.
Megan Stammers, 15, was picked up by police in a Bordeaux shopping centre while walking hand-in-hand with Jeremy Forrest on Friday afternoon.
The schoolgirl is now under police protection while 30-year-old Forrest has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction.
The pair disappeared last Thursday, leaving Britain on a cross-Channel ferry, prompting police in the UK to issue a European Arrest Warrant amid suggestions they were heading for Spain.
In a statement, police said: “They were found today (Friday) at 12:15pm UK time. Forrest has been arrested and Megan has been taken into protection.
“Their families have been informed and arrangements will now be made for Megan and Jeremy’s safe return.”
On a Facebook page set up to help the search, well-wishers expressed their relief at the news Megan would be returning home.