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A hero teacher from Bristol prevented a schoolgirl from being taken to London by an abductor.

Toni Worster, then 19, was with the teen when she boarded a coach bound for the capital in December last year. Just two days before Worster had signed a child abuse warning, agreeing not to associate with the girl, Bristol Crown Court heard.

The unnamed teacher was so anxious that, after boarded the same coach, he alerted authorities as well as the coach driver of the situation. When the coach pulled into Leigh Delamere services on the M4, police swooped, arresting Worster and returning the youngster to her mum, reports the Bristol Post.

Worster, now 20, from Brislington, admitted taking a child from lawful custody. Recorder James Newton-Price QC sent her to a young offenders' institution for eight months.
He told her: "You were warned you should not remove the girl from the control of her mother.
"But two days later you did just that.
"If I were to suspend the sentence, I would have to be satisfied that there is a good or realistic prospect of rehabilitation."
The judge added he was concerned about where Worster would live if she were released from custody immediately. Julian Howells, prosecuting, said after the girl's mum raised concerns, Worster signed a child abduction warning, agreeing not to have contact with the child.

But two days later Worster was spotted with the youngster on the coach, both of them traveling on child tickets, and was arrested. She initially denied seeing the girl on the couch. Jane Middleton, a probation officer, said there were concerns about Worster's relationships and lifestyle which were crucial to her offending.

It was also said Worster had links to gangs in Bristol and London. Bartholomew O'Toole, defending, said the trip to London was arranged before Worster signed the child abduction warning. He said his client's understanding was that the girl was "unsettled and unhappy" at home.

He told the court: "No harm was intended by Miss Worster.

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