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Thursday 18 September 2014

Fears for teenage couple who fled boarding school and flew to the Caribbean

Published 15/01/2014 | 23:34

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Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva, both aged 16, disappeared from the prestigious Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire, in the early hours of Monday morning

A teenage couple missing from their boarding school have flown to the Caribbean.

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The families of Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva, both 16, were "desperately concerned", the Daily Telegraph reported.

It is believed they sneaked out of Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire, just before 3am on Monday then got a taxi to Manchester airport and flew to the Domincan Republic.

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."

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

She said he had heard of the disappearance on the news, adding: "It is going to get him in rather a lot of trouble I am sure.

"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."

Fellow pupils took to social media - using the hashtags £WheresBunyan and £WheresIndira - to try and find news of their friends.

Stonyhurst College, a Catholic day and boarding school, was founded in 1593, and proudly bills itself as one of Britain's leading Catholic boarding schools.

It received an outstanding inspection report in April 2010 from Ofsted.

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