Television weatherman Fred Talbot has made his first court appearance accused of a string of historic sex offences, including one on Tyneside.
The 64-year-old, who was a regular on the floating weather map in Liverpool’s Albert Dock for ITV’s This Morning, has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and one count of buggery.
The former teacher from Bowdon in Cheshire is alleged to have committed the offences between 1968 and 1983, against five male complainants, three of whom were under 16.
Making a brief appearance at Manchester Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Talbot spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.
No details of the alleged offences were read out in court.
The case was committed to Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, where Talbot will next appear on March 4 for a preliminary hearing.
Police have said previously that six counts of alleged indecent assault relate to incidents involving one victim who attended a school in Newcastle at the time, while the other alleged offences involve former pupils at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.
Talbot taught at schools in Newcastle and Gateshead in the 1960s.
He was granted bail on condition of residence and that he has no contact with witnesses and alleged victims, nor any unsupervised contact with a child.