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Weatherman Fred Talbot Charged With Indecent Assault And Buggery

27/01/2014 14:43 GMT | Updated 27/01/2014 23:59 GMT
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Fred Talbot, the TV weatherman, has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and one count of buggery, according to Greater Manchester Police.

The charges follow investigations into historic sexual abuse. The 64-year-old became a recognisable figure on British TV, often standing on a floating map of Great Britain in Liverpool's Albert Dock for the ITV show This Morning.

The charges relate to five alleged victims, three of whom were under 16 at the time of the alleged assaults. Talbot is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates' Court on February 11.

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Police said six counts of indecent assault relate to incidents involving one victim who attended a school in Newcastle at the time. The other offences relate to three victims who attended Altrincham Grammar School for Boys at the time. The buggery charge relates to an offence against a former pupil of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.

Former teacher Talbot, of Bowdon in Altrincham, is alleged to have committed the offences between 1968 and 1983, involving up to five male victims aged 19 and under. The celebrity meteorologist was first detained on April 9 last year.

Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said: "We have carefully considered all the evidence gathered by Greater Manchester Police in relation to allegations from five complainants that Fred Talbot sexually assaulted them between the 1960s and 1980s.

"Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Talbot to be charged with 10 sexual offences relating to five complainants, three of whom were under 16 years of age at the time."