A teenage couple who fled Stonyhurst College at dead of night are being sought in the Dominican Republic holiday paradise.
The 16-year-old sixth-form boarders at the historic Jesuit college – named unofficially as Edward and Indira – were seen boarding a plane at Manchester Airport at about 3 am on Monday after sneaking away around midnight. The exclusive Jesuit college, where boarders’ fees are more than £29,000 a year, alerted police the same day.
The pair are said to have told friends they had booked tickets online and were going for a romantic break in the Caribbean.
Lancashire police are liaising with police in the republic bordering Haiti.
In a statement, headmaster Mr Andrew Johnson said: “Two of our sixth formers left the College during the course of Monday morning and we have been working closely with their families and with the police since then.
“We understand from the police that they may be overseas, and we are awaiting more news. Our main concern is to be sure that they are safe and sound, and to reunite them with their families as soon as possible.”