Wednesday 25 April 2018

Caribbean love: Teenage runaways set for return home

Indira Gainiyeva and Edward Bunyan
Indira Gainiyeva and Edward Bunyan

The teenage runaways who sparked an international manhunt after they fled their public school for a romantic getaway in the Caribbean have been seen looking downhearted after they were tracked down by police.

Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva fled £30,000 a year Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire in the middle of the night last week and flew to the Dominican Republic.

The pair spent thousands on credit cards at a luxury resort before hiding out in a run-down apartment until police caught up with them, after they were seen buying bread and water at a grocery store nearby.

Edward, 16, and Indria, 17, were pictured looking downbeat as they walked around the Occidental Resort hotel on Monday, where they are staying with Edward’s mother Susannah until they fly home later this week.

Mrs Bunyan, who is said to be relieved but angry at the pair, escorted them to the police station where they were interviewed by officers for 30 minutes. Lancashire Police said plans were being made to bring them home and they will be given a “welfare de-brief" on their return,

The teenagers checked into the luxury hotel, which costs £1,600 for an all inclusive stay for a week, when they first arrived in the Caribbean but decided to switch to a budget backpackers retreat when they saw reports on the internet about police trying to track them down.

The pair looked serious as they walked around the resort as they prepare to return to their school and face the repercussions of their actions.

Andrew Johnson, head teacher at Stonyhurst, said he was “delighted” they had been found. However, he has refused to discuss what will happen to them when they return but there is speculation they will be expelled.

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