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Fred Talbot: Scottish police investigate allegations

Fred Talbot with an injury on his head after falling while leaving the witness box Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Talbot was remanded in custody after being found guilty in Manchester of abusing two boys

Police have been investigating allegations involving offences said to have been committed in Scotland by former TV weatherman Fred Talbot.

Talbot, who was born in Edinburgh, was found guilty in Manchester on Friday of two indecent assaults on teenage boys.

The victims had been pupils at a grammar school where Talbot was a teacher in the 1970s.

Police Scotland has been examining claims Talbot committed similar offences in Scotland.

The Crown Office has not received a full prosecution report.

A spokesman for the Crown Office said: "In 2009 the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) set up the National Sexual Crimes Unit (NSCU). The NSCU has built up an expertise in dealing with all types of historical sexual abuse, including abuse within institutions.

"COPFS will continue to work with a wide variety of partners to ensure that all crimes, including historic sexual abuse, are dealt with in a professional, sensitive way they deserve.

"The fact that a crime took place in the past is not a barrier to raising criminal proceedings."

During his trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, Talbot, 65, had denied abusing boys aged 14 to 17.

The jury found him guilty of assaulting two teenage boys, who had gone with him on canal boat trips while they were pupils at Altrincham Grammar School.

He was cleared of eight other indecent assault charges.

Talbot was remanded in custody for sentencing on 13 March.

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