Fred Talbot is known to millions of people as The Weatherman on ‘This Morning’. Before that, he was a biology teacher until 1984. Last year he was accused of various sexual offences against five different complainants.
In brief, “the allegations related to two periods, firstly when Mr Talbot was a trainee teacher in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and secondly from the mid-1970s to 1984, when he taught in Altrincham”. All the complainants appear to have been aged 14-16.
On 20th January 2015 his trial started. It is expected to last for up to four weeks.
Details of the charges are not easy to come by. We think that there are nine counts of indecent assault, and one of buggery going on the news reports (the Scotsman seems to have the best detail) and these are as follows :
The first six charges are all indecent assaults, relating to one complainant, a boy aged under 16 at the time, and include alleged offences of masturbation, oral sex and digital penetration, all taking place between October 25 1969 and October 24 1970.
The remaining charges are: an allegation of indecent assault, by masturbation, on a male under 16, between January 1 1975 and December 31 1976; the same offence against another male under 16 between the same dates; and indecent assault by sexual touching on a fourth complainant between January 1 1977 and December 31 1977.
The final count of buggery is said to have occurred against the fifth complainant, aged under 21 at the time, on or around August 2 1983.
We will come back to this when the trial concludes, and not before, for obvious reasons.