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Weatherman facing trial over alleged child abuse

By Lucinda Cameron

Former TV weather presenter Fred Talbot is to stand trial in May accused of indecently assaulting several teenage boys on school trips.

He is also accused of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards a boy aged 12 on a trip.

Talbot is accused of the offences against pupils aged 15-17 on trips in Scotland while he was employed as a school teacher.

He faces eight charges of indecent assault between January 1978 and November 1981, and one of lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour in February 1978.

Six of the incidents are alleged to have happened on camping trips, and three on boating trips.

Talbot (67), from Greater Manchester, appeared at Lanark Sheriff Court yesterday, having previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Sheriff Nikola Stewart set a trial date for May 15.

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