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Fred Talbot Guilty of Sexual Abuse

Fred Talbot has been convicted of sexual abuse against teenage boys.

The former TV weatherman was convicted of two counts of indecent assault following trial by jury at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester. 

Fred Talbot worked as a schoolteacher before starting his media career and his offences were committed during the 1970s and early 1980s. A number of these sexual abuse offences took place at Altrincham Grammar School where he worked as a biology teacher. 

Talbot, 65, rose to fame during the late 1980s as a weatherman for the ITV programme This Morning where he presented the weather from a floating weather map. He went on to present TV programmes for ITV Granada during the late 2000s and presented weather forecasts on ITV’s Daybreak in 2010. 

Talbot was arrested by Greater Manchester Police in 2013 and was formally charged with sexual abuse in 2014. 

As the trial concluded today, Judge Timothy Mort told Fred Talbot that his sentence should start immediately bearing in mind his "abuse of trust". He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Friday 13th March. 

For victims of childhood sexual abuse the psychological effects can be far reaching particularly where the offender was in a position of trust like Fred Talbot. 

Hywel Thomas is a Personal Injury Associate Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers specialising in sexual abuse claims.

Slater and Gordon’s expert team of Abuse Lawyers currently represent more than 800 victims of abuse including victims of Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris. We do appreciate how difficult it can be for those that have suffered abuse to speak out. We can ensure that people who suffer from the psychological effects of abuse get the professional help they deserve. 

To speak with a specialist Abuse Lawyer call Slater and Gordon 24/7 for a free consultation on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you. Any communication will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence. 

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