Former TV Weatherman And Teacher Fred Talbot Found Guilty Of Indecent Assault

Talbot ‘Betrayed’ Trust Placed In Him By Students And Parents


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Fred Talbot, a former TV weatherman, has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two teenage boys while he was a teacher at Altrincham Grammar School during the 1970s.

The jury at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard Talbot abused the boys during school canal boat trips.

Detective Constable Chris Doggart, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “Talbot was an extremely popular and well liked individual – both as a celebrity weatherman and formerly as a science teacher – who earned not only the trust and adulation of many of his peers and pupils, but also much of the nation.”

He added the 65-year-old had now been “exposed as an opportunistic sex offender” and noted Talbot’s behaviour as a teacher was “wholly inappropriate” and “defied belief”.

Nazir Afzal, chief prosecutor for the North West of England, told the media that Talbot’s offences were a “gross betrayal” of the trust placed in him.

Expert Opinion
This is a shocking example of an individual abusing the trust placed in them by children and their parents to commit sexual offences.

“A number of high-profile sexual abuse cases involving celebrities have increased the awareness of historic sexual offences, but it is important to note that many crimes of this nature are committed by those in a position of trust, such as this case.

“It is vital lessons continue to be learned from incidents like this and authorities take their responsibility for protecting children seriously, which means conducting the correct background check on those working with children and taking any allegations seriously.

“In our work we see the impact sexual abuse can have on survivors, both physically and psychologically, so it is absolutely imperative those involved in this case are provided with the help and support they need.”
Tracey Storey, Partner