TV weatherman Fred Talbot arrested in sex abuse probe

The former This Morning weather presenter has been held be police investigating allegations of historic child sex abuse

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Former This Morning weatherman Fred Talbot has been arrested by police investigating allegations of historic child sex abuse at a school in Greater Manchester.

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The 63-year-old has been held on suspicion of three counts of indecent assault and four counts of inciting a child to commit acts of gross indecency in the 1970s and 80s, when he worked at the school as a biology teacher before becoming a TV personality.

Talbot is best known for presenting the weather from a floating map of Great Britain on ITV’s This Morning, which he began doing in 1988. He remained with This Morning until 2000 and has since presented the weather on Daybreak.

A police spokesman told BBC News: “The offences relate to his time as a teacher at the school between the early 1970s to early 1980s, while the four victims were pupils.”

Talbot’s home was first raided by police in December, when the weatherman was holidaying on a cruise ship travelling from the African coast to the Caribbean.

“Since allegations were made to police in December we have made good progress with this investigation and with tracing and speaking to former pupils of Altrincham Grammar school,” said the police spokesman.

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“However, as part of our ongoing enquiry I am eager to trace anyone who attended the school between the early 1970s and 1980s, who feel they may have information to assist the police investigation.”