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Fred Talbot arrest: TV weatherman inquiry widens

Fred Talbot
Image caption Fred Talbot is best known for his work on the ITV programme This Morning

Police who arrested TV weatherman Fred Talbot over historical child sex abuse claims have appealed for pupils from schools he taught at to come forward.

The 63-year-old was arrested on Tuesday by officers examining claims by four pupils of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys of abuse in the 1970s and 80s.

Detectives said he also taught at schools in the Tyne and Wear area between 1968 and the early 1970s.

They asked former pupils with information to contact them.

Mr Talbot, a former biology teacher at the Altrincham school, was held on suspicion of three counts of indecent assault and four counts of inciting a child to commit acts of gross indecency.

'Strictest confidence'

He was released on bail pending further inquiries.

Det Ch Insp Koran Sellars said: "Following the publicity surrounding this man's arrest information has been received from the public that he taught at various schools in the Tyne and Wear area, which included Saltwell and Slatyford High School.

"Anyone who attended these or any other schools between 1968 and the early 1970s and who has any information which they believe may assist police is asked to call.

"All information received will be treated in the strictest of confidence."

Mr Talbot, who worked for ITV's Granada Reports programme, is best known for his work on the ITV programme This Morning when it was hosted by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.

He presented his weather reports using a large floating map of the British Isles at Liverpool's Albert Dock.

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