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TV weatherman Fred Talbot 'used charisma to abuse boys'

By Kim Pilling

Television weatherman Fred Talbot used his "boundless energy" and "extrovert personality" to help gain the affection and trust of five schoolboys he sexually abused, a jury has heard.

Talbot (65) is said to have indecently assaulted his victims between the late 1960s and the early 1980s during his former career as a teacher. Four of the complainants were teenage pupils at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, where he taught biology.

Opening the case at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, prosecutor Neil Usher said: "The very qualities that made Fred Talbot so successful as a TV celebrity - his boundless energy, his infectious enthusiasm, his extrovert personality - helped him gain, we say, the trust of these boys."

"Trust, which the prosecution say, Mr Talbot repeatedly abused on school trips." Talbot, of Bowdon, Greater Manchester, who was a regular on the floating weather map in Liverpool's Albert Dock for ITV's top-rating This Morning show, denies 10 counts of indecent assault.

The trial, expected to last up to four weeks, continues today.

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