Fred Talbot jailed for four years over sex abuse of schoolboys

Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been jailed for four years for a string of sex offences against schoolboys on trips to Scotland more than three decades ago.

Fred Talbot
Fred Talbot

The 67-year-old indecently assaulted seven teenage boys in his care during camping and boating trips in the 1970s and 1980s while working as a biology teacher at a school in the Manchester area.

He is already serving a five-year sentence imposed in Manchester in 2015 for indecently assaulting two other schoolboys.

During a nine-day trial at Lanark Sheriff Court last month,Talbot denied the allegations.

But a jury took four hours to convict him of seven of the nine historical abuse charges against him.

The four-year sentence is due to start from August, at the end of the punishment part of his current jail term.

The television personality, who regularly appeared on a floating weather map in Liverpool's Albert Dock for ITV's This Morning show for several years, stood and nodded as Sheriff Nikola Stewart delivered her sentence on Thursday afternoon.

She said he "grossly abused the trust" placed in him as a teacher with "systematic" abuse of schoolboys.

"It is beyond doubt these trips were organised with sexual exploitation of these boys very much in mind," Sheriff Stewart said.

"By denying your guilt and insisting on a trial, you put each victim through further trauma."