Apr 9 2013
Its reassuring to see how quick the police act. They battered his door down on December 21st 2012, and arrest him on April 9th 2013. Source
Inspector Lightning, in charge of Toy Towns elite rapid response team said today “It is always vital to get a suspect in for questioning as quick as possible if you fail to get him when battering his door down. Stops ’em’ from getting their act together… That’s real policing that is. “
TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been arrested by police investigating historic sexual abuse at a school where he taught.
The 63-year-old is being held on suspicion of three counts of indecent assault and four counts of inciting a child to commit acts of gross indecency.
The alleged offences relate to his time as a biology teacher at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys in Trafford, Greater Manchester, between the early 1970s to early 1980s, where four alleged victims were pupils.
Mr Talbot’s home in Bowdon, Cheshire, was raided by police last December while he was out of the country.
He is best known for his colourful appearances on the weather map for ITV’s This Morning programme when hosted by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan at Liverpool’s Albert Dock.
Mr Talbot remains the weatherman on the station’s North West regional news programme Granada Reports.The school at the centre of sex abuse allegations
Detective Chief Inspector Sellars said: “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.
“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.”
Mr Talbot remains in police custody.
The police inquiry was prompted following media reports of another probe into historic sexual abuse at a Catholic boys’ school in Altrincham.
Last month, a 63-year-old former teacher at St Ambrose College in Hale Barns was held on suspicion of indecent assault of an ex-pupil and possession of indecent images dating back to the early 1980s.
He was later bailed pending further inquiries.