04/03/2014 01:11 GMT | Updated 04/03/2014 01:59 GMT

TV Weatherman Fred Talbot In Court Over Alleged Sex Offences

Talbot was famed for his floating weather map in Liverpool's Albert Dock

Television weatherman Fred Talbot will appear in court today accused of a string of historic sex offences.

The 64-year-old, who was a regular on the floating weather map in Liverpool's Albert Dock for ITV's This Morning, has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and one count of buggery.

The former teacher from Bowdon, Cheshire, is alleged to have committed the offences between 1968 and 1983, against five male complainants, three of whom were under 16.

Police said previously that six counts of alleged indecent assault relate to incidents involving one victim who attended a school in Newcastle at the time, while the other alleged offences involve former pupils at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.

Talbot is due to appear at Manchester Minshull Street Crown for a preliminary hearing. He is on bail on condition of residence and that he has no contact with witnesses and alleged victims, nor has any unsupervised contact with a child.