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27 December 2019 12:36

Fred Talbot

Paedophile former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been released from prison in time for Christmas part-way through serving his sentence after being convicted of a string of historical sex offences against schoolboys in his care. Talbot, now 70, was originally jailed for five years, in 2015, for indecent assaults on two boys when he was working as a biology teacher at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys as a young man in the 1970s and 80s. He's been photographed out and about with a pal in Bowdon, where he used to live, following his release from prison before Christmas. When the Manchester Evening news knocked on at Talbot's former address in the leafy Trafford village, a woman answered the door and said she had 'no idea' about his whereabouts. During the original court proceedings, Talbot was described as a "chancer" who used his "boundless energy" and "extrovert personality" to gain the trust and affections of his victims.

Then, in May 2017, he was convicted of seven further charges involving boys in his care during trips to Scotland following a nine-day trial at Lanark Sheriff Court, in Scotland, as four more years were added to his jail term. Those offences took place from 1978 to 1981 during trips to the St Mary's Loch area of Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, and the Caledonian Canal in Inverness, the Highlands. A number of witnesses, now men in their 50s, described their excitement at the trips - which were often the first time they'd been away from their parents. Talbot, their teacher at the time, would talk to them about pop music, alcohol and sex, during the relaxed atmosphere he created. (Image: Manchester Evening News) Previously a popular presenter on daytime TV, Talbot was jailed for the indecent assaults involving teenage boys.

It later emerged that he had left the school under a cloud in 1984 after a decade teaching when he propositioned two boys at his home in Bowdon, but the scandal was kept a secret. He had told the boys they could have his bed for the night, adding: "Make sure you leave room for me in the middle." During a third round of court proceedings at Manchester Minshull Street Court in November 2017, Talbot appeared by video link from HMP Wymott in Lancashire where he was given an additional eight months to his sentence after he admitted molesting a 10th victim in 1980, when he was still teaching at the school. The victim said he reported the incident to police after seeing publicity about the previous case involving the former TV presenter. His victim kept silent for years believing the incident was his fault. In his victim impact statement, he said: "I never told anyone about what happened and always felt it was my fault for wearing a dress to the fancy dress party and staying out." The Stone Roses' singer Ian Brown, who used to attend Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, gave evidence at one of Talbot's trials, although he was not a victim of the sexual abuse.

He told the court he had "never forgotten" the moment Talbot invited one of his pals to sleep in his tent on a school camping trip. One of his victims was just 14 when he was plied with alcohol on a canal trip and assaulted. Talbot used to famously - and energetically - present weather reports from a floating map for This Morning when it was filmed at Liverpool's Albert Dock. With his career in tatters after his original conviction, he was described by police after his conviction as an "opportunistic sex offender." Detective Inspector Bryan Lee, speaking after the 2015 conviction, said Talbot was a "sexual predator who hid behind a mask of respectability." "He used his position as a teacher to engineer situations which allowed him to isolate and target his victims", he said. "He took advantage of his position of trust to abuse young women in his care." After his final hearing defence barrister said Talbot had "lost his freedom, his career and his savings" as well as his future. He also lost four stone in weight as a result of proceedings and his barrister said he wanted to make a public apology for the "suffering" his victim had endured. Judge John Potter told Talbot: "This was a gross and serious exploitation of a victim who, at the time, was asleep and considerably younger than you." The judge said that during the 1970s and 80s Talbot was a "sexual predator" who "exploited the vulnerabilities of others far younger than you for the purposes of your own sexual gratification". Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news. If you are on the go, the M.E.N. app helps bring you closer to the latest news where you live. Available on iPhone and Android, the app can be tailor made to bring you the latest on what matters to you. Breaking news, the latest on your football club, the pick of the week's events and the latest travel - you can tailor the app to suit you. INDIGNATION as English paedo TV weatherman, Fred Talbot, is released from prison just halfway through his sentence. Talbot was locked up for sex offences against boys committed when he was a teacher before his telly role but was freed on Friday. Talbot, 70, was famed for giving his forecasts on ITV's This Morning. He became one of Britain's most famous faces thanks to jumping around that floating weather map in Liverpool's Albert Dock. Talbot got five years in 2015 for indecent assaults on two boys whilst working as a biology teacher at Cheshire's Altrincham Grammar School for Boys. In 2016, he got a further four years for abusing seven other boys during camping trips. Talbot's offences, against boys aged 15 to 17, took place between 1978 and 1981 during separate trips near the St Mary's Loch area in Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, and the Caledonian Canal, Inverness in the Highlands. Talbot used his position to manipulate situations, abusing on students he should have been looking after. Talbot would attacks his victims at night, usually when they were isolated or after they had consumed alcohol. Talbot was cleared of two charges – of indecent assault and lewd, indecent and libidinous practices – on not proven verdicts. A series of witnesses, now men in their 50s who cannot be named for legal reasons, as well as the victims are furious that Talbot has only served half his sentence and in now walking the streets one more. Talbot hasn't even been excluded from the area where many of his victims still live. Talbot (pictured open air Manchester Crown Court in 2015) became once spotted in Bowdon Paedophile Fred Talbot has sparked outrage by taking a stroll days after his originate from penal advanced. The disgraced TV weatherman jumpy victims after he took a casual stroll after he became once freed on Friday. The 70-year-used became once known for giving his forecasts whereas leaping round a mountainous floating plan of the UK on ITV's This Morning. He became once spotted walking with a female pal within the village of Bowdon, Cheshire, where he lives and and onlooker recommended The Solar he regarded a 'shadow of his broken-down self' after his career led to disgrace. 'He became once well lined up with a immense scruffy jacket and a hat, but his face is unruffled unmistakable,' they said. Talbot abused pupils whereas working as a biology trainer at Altrincham Grammar College for boys. He became once jailed for 5 years in 2015 for indecently assaulting two boys then in 2016 he got one other 5 years for abusing seven boys on camping journeys. It comes after one in every of his victims reacted with fury when the predator became once freed after serving half of of his sentence. Fred Talbot is pictured leaping round his climate plan of the UK and Northern Ireland when he became once a presenter on ITV's This Morning The ex-pupil became once correct 14 when Talbot plied him with booze and abused him at some stage in a canal outing. The mad victim said of the originate: 'I'm indignant he didn't abet beyond regular time. Talbot became once convicted on 'overwhelming and compelling' evidence, collectively with from Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown and a peek displaying over a video link from Australia. Talbot (pictured at some stage in his 2015 trial at Manchester Crown Court) became once released on Friday Mr Brown recommended the court docket that Talbot space him masturbation homework and described the trainer as a 'atrocious'un'. Talbot's offences, against boys old 15 to 17, took space between 1978 and 1981 at some stage in separate journeys near the St Mary's Loch space in Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, and the Caledonian Canal, Inverness within the Highlands. A series of witnesses, now men in their 50s who cannot be named for licensed causes, recommended of their pleasure at occurring the excursions – once in a whereas the predominant time away from their fogeys. Many of them recalled how Talbot used his situation to engineer instances to target those he ought to were looking after. The court docket heard the assaults shall be at evening when a victim became once isolated or after they had consumed alcohol. One man recommended of his 'fright' when he awoke – after being 'singled out' to stream to the pub – to search out Talbot touching him in a tent whereas partially-clothed. Talbot became once cleared of two charges – of grievous assault and lewd, grievous and libidinous practices – on no longer proven verdicts.