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Former weather man convicted over sexual assaults on school boys

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A man who abused a number two young boys while working as a science teacher has been brought to justiceafter several decades.

The secret past of popular weatherman Fred Talbot (17/12/1949), of Langham Road, Bowden can be revealed after a jury found him guilty of two counts of indecent assault againsttwo victims who were abused during their adolescent years.

He will be sentenced on 12 March 2015.

The offences relate to histime as a science teacher – which preceded his stint as a celebrity weatherman.

In 1974 Talbot became a teacherat Altrincham Grammar.

Sometime in the mid-70s when the victim was 14 or 15, he went on a school trip on a canal boat underTalbot’s supervision. The boy was made to share a bed with Talbot, who indecently assaulted him.

In 1992 he reported what had happened to police. Talbot was interviewed and denied the offence.Due to a lack of any corroborative evidence no further action was takenagainst Talbot.

In 1977 another victim, who was 14 or 15 at the time, went on a school trip on a canal barge and one evening Talbot got into the boy’s bed naked and sexually assaulted him.

Detective Constable Chris Doggart said: “Talbot was an extremely popular and well liked individual- both as a celebrity weatherman and formerly as a science teacher – who earned not only the trust and adulation of many of his peers and pupils,but also much of the nation.

“Now he has been exposedas an opportunistic sex offender and that reputation is rightly in tatters.

“Even when he was not committing offences against the two vulnerable young boys, his behaviour was wholly inappropriate and so far removed from his duty as a teacherto nurture and safeguard those under his care it really does defy belief.”

Talbot left Altrincham Grammarin 1984, with many assuming he had done so to pursue a career in the media.

It was only during the courseof the investigation that detectives discovered he propositioned two astronomy pupils, aged 15, whom he had invited to his house to use his telescope. Talbot resigned in May 1984 after the boys’ parents reported this to the school.

Talbot is a prolific diary writer and dozens of books covering most of his life were recovered when police raided his home. A number of diary entries marked with asterisks were found alongside entries relating to the victims. On interview he told police they referred to panic attacks but later admitted it was a code denoting that sexual activity having taken place.

There were also entries highly suggestive of inappropriate behaviour. In one entry dated 6 May 1984, he wrote: ‘The fourth (year students) decided to stay the night. As usualI had quite a bit to drink and as usual I tried. I must be mad.’ On anentry dated 17 July 1981, he wrote: ‘Some thoughts on the two previoustrips: you have messed it up. You have no right, you are in the wrong.Each individual has rights that can’t be infringed.’ Another entry reads:’What is more interesting than a smoking, swearing and copulating 15 yearold.’

DC Doggart added: “Talbotis a prolific diary writer and we found many entries with asterisks orother symbols against them and, while he lied during his police interview,he later admitted they referred to sexual activity with people, including his two victims.

“By not acknowledging what he has done he has forced them to once again relive their ordealsin court and I hope they are sufficiently satisfied that their braveryhas resulted in his convictions.”

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John Worboys to be released in days as government refuse judicial review

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John Worboys will be released from prison in days after the government has refused a judicial review over the Parole Board’s decision to release the black-cab serial rapist back in to the community.

David Gauke told the House of Commons having sought expert legal advice the government believe there should be no judicial review into his release.

Adding that ministers should not choose to bring any legal challenge that has no reasonable prospect of success.

Victims call it a failure in the criminal justice system

The release of Worboys who just served nine years in prison has been criticised by many victims.

Worboys was jailed “indefinitely” in 2009 and would serve a minimum of 8 year term after drugging and sexually assaulting women who got into his London black cab.

he would spike his victims with champagne and a powerful sedatives to celebrate a fictional lottery win.

He was convicted of 19 offences related to attacks on 12 women, however he is suspected of being one the United Kingdoms most prolific sex offenders linked to 102 complaints.

The Crown prosecution service did not charge for those offences based on his indefinite sentence as it was not in the public interest because of this they are unable to charge on any these 102 complaints.

Now the crown faces criticism and anger because he is being released despite not all of the 102 complaints and allegations being brought to trial he was only every convicted and charged with 19 counts.

CPS have already released a statement defending why they have not taken these other complaints further and their answer is simple they do not believe there was a realistic prospect of conviction.

Their statement said, “where it was deemed there was a realistic prospect of conviction”.

Over 83 women had reported an allegation against this man and since his conviction a further 19 allegations.

The CPS had advised officers to refer any allegations of rape. Only one allegation was dismissed because it lacked evidence as it “did not pass the evidential test”, the CPS confirmed.

The statement read: “It would be unlikely that it would be in the public interest to prosecute Worboys in relation to allegations of sexual assault or administering a substance with intent, because of the maximum sentence available to the court.”

The Metropolitan Police also confirmed all of that evidence had been discounted by the CPS and detectives confirming that there is currently no live investigations into Worboys.

Now further question falls on to the Parole Board with the law in place which prevents disclosure of proceedings which allowed and granted Warboys to walk free.

The House of Commons Justice Committee has already called upon the Parole Board to explain how the decision for release within such a horrific case was reached.

 

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Hero farmer helped catch paedophile shares his pride after helping police

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A hero farmer who helped put a paedophile behind bars for ten years has spoken of his pride at being able to help police secure a conviction.

Trampoline coach Louis Murray, 22, has been sent to prison for ten years after previously admitting a string of child sex offences.

He taught hundreds of children at his trampoline club in Newcastle which is where he met his teenage victim.

But he was caught in a car with the youngster after driving to the remote Northumberland village of Belsay to engage in sexual activity.

Farmer George Common, 59, was checking on his livestock when he found the steamed-up vehicle parked in a lay-by.

He initially thought the occupant was trying to commit suicide by pumping his vehicle with fumes from his engine.

Mr Common leapt into action to try and rescue the occupant but then found Murray engaging in sexual activity with the teenage boy.

He tried to block the vehicle in with his Land Rover at which point Murray rammed the vehicle and fled the area. Police were able to trace his car and he was later arrested.

Murray was eventually charged with two counts of rape, four counts of sexual activity in presence of a child and four counts of sexual activity with a child.

The trampoline coach, of Blakelaw, Newcastle, admitted the charges at a previous hearing and he was jailed for ten years by a judge at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday.

Following the case, Superintendent Andy Huddleston paid tribute to Mr Commons for taking action and helping police put a predatory paedophile behind bars.

He said: “Louis Murray was a predatory paedophile who abused his position of trust to befriend and groom a young boy. I am glad that his behaviour has been uncovered and he is now facing a lengthy stint behind bars.

“If it wasn’t for the actions of George Commons that day then Murray’s victim may have been subjected to abuse for a much longer period.

“Mr Commons was quick to act when he thought someone was in trouble and did absolutely the right thing when he learnt exactly what was going on.

“It was a brave act that has undoubtedly helped prevent a young person from being harmed further.

“George continues to be a key member of our Farmwatch scheme and this case shows that our joint working with the rural community not only prevents traditional rural crime but also far more serious crime too.”

Mr Common, whose family has been farming in the region for 800 years, said that he was “proud of himself” for taking action and getting the young boy help.

He said: “I was checking some stock and saw the car parked up there. I carried on checking my stock and then when I came back the car was still there and I thought that something wasn’t right.

“I have come across a suicide attempt before where they were trying to gas themselves and I thought to myself I hope they weren’t trying to do something like that.

“So I went over to the car and I had a shock with what I saw. I looked in the window and saw Murray sitting next to a naked lad who just looked up at me.

“I just said ‘this isn’t right’ and I opened the door and attempted to grab the arm of the lad. That is when Murray drove off and rammed my car to try and leave. As he was doing it he was saying ‘sorry, I just have to go’.

“I would definitely do it again and as it turns out I am proud of what I have done. It could have saved a lot of other lads and saved him from going through anything further.

“But in many ways I am typical of a Northumberland farmer who was just looking after his patch. I have been part of FarmWatch for a while and I would always report something suspicious.

“I have been involved in the scheme from the very beginning and I have always been one for calling the police if I see something that is not right. We are a tight knit community and this shows how much it works.”

The judge ordered that Murray must sign the sex offenders’ register for life and also made him subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

He also ordered that Mr Common be paid £400 from the public purse as a token of gratitude for his actions in bringing Murray to justice.

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Leon Ojah is aged 15 he is currently missing from his home in Newcastle

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Police are appealing for the public’s help to locate a missing 15 year old.

Leon Ojah was reported missing this morning after last being seen in Garmdonsway in Newcastle.

He is described as mixed race, slim build, 5ft 7inches tall with medium length afro hair. It’s thought he may be wearing a grey hoody over a dark blue school jumper, black nike shows and have a black Adidas bag.

Enquiries are on-going to find Leon and police are appealing for the public’s help.

Anyone who has seen him is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 228 180118.

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