Paedophile ex weatherman Fred Talbot pleads guilty to molesting 10th victim in his first ever confession

originally published 17.06.17   last updated 02.11.17

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2nd Nov 2017

Talbot is currently serving a five year jail term imposed in Manchester for abusing two former pupils at Altrincham Grammar School for boys 

Paedophile former TV weatherman Fred Talbot is facing a further stretch in jail after he pleaded guilty to molesting a 10th victim in his first ever admission to being a sex offender.

The 67-year old ex-This Morning presenter was unexpectedly brought from his prison cell to admit sexually assaulting a youngster in 1980 at a time when he was a biology teacher at an all-boys grammar school.

Talbot is currently serving a five year jail term imposed in Manchester for abusing two former pupils at Altrincham Grammar School for boys in Cheshire in the 1980s.

Last May he was given another four years jail in Scotland for abusing seven more boys during school camping trips in the same period.

Up until now Talbot had always denied wrongdoing – forcing victims to relive their ordeals in the witness box.

Stone Roses singer Ian Brown, a former pupil at the school, twice testified as to what he saw Talbot do to his former classmates. The musician was not a victim of abuse.

This week Talbot was hauled before a Manchester magistrates’ court where he admitted one charge of sexually assaulting a boy aged 16 in the 1980s.

Currently residing at the Category C Wymott jail in Lancashire, he appeared in the dock looking dishevelled and wearing a purple jumper and circular-rimmed glasses.

He spoke to confirm his name and his guilty plea and was muttering throughout the brief hearing. He was sent to crown court for sentencing without any facts of the case being presented. He was remanded back into custody.

District Judge John Timperley told Talbot:

“I am satisfied that this is a case which should be sentenced in the crown court and I am aware that he is already serving a sentence for similar matters. I am committing you for sentence at Minshull Street on the 29th of November. In the meantime you will be remanded in custody because you are already serving a prison sentence.”

Talbot completed his teacher training in Gateshead in the the 1960s before being appointed a biology master at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys in 1971. He left in 1984 under a cloud after he propositioned two pupils at his semi-detached home in Bowdon but the scandal was kept a secret and he began presenting regional news programmes for ITV.

He became a weatherman for the ITV’s This Morning in 1988 where he became known for presenting forecasts from a large floating map of the British Isles at the Albert Dock in Liverpool.

His home was raided by police in December 2012, whilst he was on a holiday cruise and he was arrested the following April. He first stood trial in January 2015 accused of abusing four former pupils at Altrincham Grammar and a fifth from the Newcastle area, during a canal holiday.

It was claimed he showed gay pornography during classes and kept diaries detailing his fantasies about boys at the school. In February 2015 Talbot was found guilty of indecent assault against two of the boys and cleared of eight further charges and was subsequently jailed for five years.

But in May this year he appeared at Lanark Sheriff Court and was convicted of indecent assault against seven other boys boys during camping and boating trips to Scotland. He was sentenced to a further four years to start from 14 August, after he had served half of his five year stretch.

The offences took place on separate occasions during visits to the St Mary’s Loch area near Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway and the Caledonian canal near Inverness.

All the boys told of their excitement at going on the excursions – sometimes the first time away from their parents – only for Talbot to exploit his position to engineer situations to target them with his sexual advances after plying them with alcohol.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/fred-talbot-court-pleads-guilty-13848346    http://archive.is/RbU5Z

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20171104_2335251523899536.pngPaedophile former TV weatherman Fred Talbot faces a further stretch in jail after he pleaded guilty to molesting a tenth victim in his first ever admission to being a predatory sex offender.

The 67-year old ex-This Morning presenter was brought from his prison cell to admit sexually assaulting a lad in 1980 at a time when he was a biology teacher at an all boys grammar school.

Talbot is serving a five year jail term for abusing two former pupils at Altrincham Grammar School for boys in Cheshire in the 1980s.

Last May he was given another four years jail in Scotland for abusing seven more boys during school camping trips in the same period.

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Talbot is currently serving a five year jail term for abusing two former pupils in the 80s

Up until now Talbot had always denied wrongdoing – forcing victims to relive their ordeals in the witness box.

Stone Roses signer, Ian Brown another former pupil at the school, twice testified as what he saw Talbot do to his former classmates. The rocker was not a victim of abuse.

Talbot was brought before a magistrates court in Manchester where he admitted one charge of sexually assaulting a boy aged 16 in June 1980 in the Trafford area of South Manchester.

He spoke to confirm his name and his guilty plea and was muttering throughout the brief hearing. He was sent to crown court for sentencing without any facts being opened and was remanded back into custody.  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/paedophile-ex-weatherman-fred-talbot-11449847   http://archive.is/FkX2z 


Thursday 15 June 2017

Former ITV weatherman jailed for 4 yrs for sexually abusing boys on camping trip

b                Former television weather presenter Fred Talbot arrives at courtFormer TV

weatherman Fred Talbot has been sentenced to four years in jail for a string of sex offences against schoolboys on trips to Scotland more than three decades ago. 

The 67-year-old indecently assaulted seven teenage boys in his care during camping and boating trips in the 1970s and 1980swhile working as a biology teacher at a school in the Manchester area.

The offences took place on separate occasions during visits to the St Mary’s Loch area near Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway and the Caledonian canal near Inverness.

During the nine day trial at Lanark Sheriff Court, the court heard “overwhelming and compelling evidence” against him, including from Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown – who was a pupil of his –and via video link from a witness in Australia.  

Talbot denied all the charges but the jury deliberated for just four hours before convicting him of seven of the nine historical counts against him on 25 May.

Giving evidence Mr Brown, who was not one of Talbot’s victims, said he had been told by a school friend that their teacher had tried to abuse him while they were alone together in a tent. 

He said: “Mr Talbot did these trips and he decided who went. You couldn’t just put your name down and say you were going.”

The singer said on the day of the incident, the victim had been invited to the pub with Talbot because “he looked older” and was invited into his tent when they got back.

A short while later, the boy returned to Mr Brown’s tent “in a state” and said Talbot had tried to perform a sex act on him.ian-brown-REUTERS.jpg

Ian Brown of the Stone Roses gave evidence at his trial “I’ve never forgotten it, I was shocked”, he said.

When asked why he had never said anything, the star said Talbot’s media career started after he left the school but he had told “hundreds of people” the story but no one had paid attention. 

The witnesses, the majority cannot be named for legal reasons, told of their excitement at going on the excursions – sometimes the first time away from their parents.

Many of them recalled how Talbot used his position to engineer situations to target those he should have been looking after.

The court heard the attacks could be at night when a victim was isolated or after they had consumed alcohol

Sentencing Talbot, Sheriff Nikola Stewart said the pupils that went on trips organised by Talbot had all trusted and liked the teacher.

“They were all utterly unsuspecting of the sexual threat you posed,” she told the former weatherman.

Sheriff Stewart said he had “utter disregard” for his duties as a teacher and the boys he preyed on were “too embarrassed and disempowered” to report his “disgraceful behaviour”.

Dressed in a grey shirt and striped tie, Talbot was led down from the dock before being transported back to prison.

He is already serving a five-year sentence  having been convicted in March 2015 of indecent assault against two teenage boys at Altrincham Grammar School. 

These assaults are believed to have taken place on school canal barge trips in the Cheshire area in the mid-1970s.

The former TV personality became known for presenting This Morning‘s weather reports from a large floating map of the British Isles in the Albert Dock in Liverpool until production was moved to London.

He stopped appearing on ITV Granada in December 2012 after Greater Manchester Police first raided his home in connection with the first allegations and was arrested by police in April 2013.  

SOURCE http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/fred-talbot-itv-weatherman-jailed-four-years-sexual-abuse-boys-camping-scotland-a7791766.html  https://archive.is/VON1b 


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