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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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We want to help you but we know you don’t like us being involved

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We know you follow this account and want you to see this, We’ve told you previously that we think you are at risk of domestic abuse from your partner. We know you follow this account and we want you to see this.

Lochaber & Skye Police have penned an emotional letter addressed to ‘a young woman in Skye”.

The official Police Scotland account won the best tweeting police account at the UK-wide Police Tweet Awards in 2016 and could just take the 2017 title as next week.

They went on to say “We want to help you and are doing lots with other agencies to try and keep you safe.

“You might not see us, you might not even like us being involved but we are always thinking about how we can help you.”

“Your family and friends have told you they think you are in danger they support you and want you to be safe”.

“We think he’s probably told you, “it won’t happen again”, “I’m sorry”, “I’ll change”, he’s maybe even told you that it’s your fault – IT’S NOT.”

“The violence, threats, degrading comments and controlling behaviour are not the life you need to lead, it can be better.”

“You are not trapped and you are not alone, we can help you get out, your family and friends can help you get out and Scot Women’s Aid can help you get out.

Call us, come to the Police Station, phone someone, speak to local Women’s Aid worker on 01478613365 or 08000271234.”

“There is no excuse for domestic abuse, help is out there.”

Lochaber & Skye Police then went on to thank everyone for the positive response to the domestic abuse appeal.

They told everyone that the meaning behind it was to “reach-out to anyone who may be at risk”.

Hopefully, by sharing this another young lady, lady or even young man or man could be helped from harm.

 

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Tragically the Body Gaia Pope has been found she was aged 19

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Officers searching for missing teenager Gaia Pope have discovered the body of a woman near Swanage.

The discovery was made at around 3pm today, Saturday 18 November 2017, by specialist search teams near the coastal path and the field where items of her clothing were located on Thursday 16 November.

Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Although the body has yet to be formally identified, we are confident that we have found Gaia.

Her family have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers. Our thoughts remain with all of her family and friends at this very traumatic time. They have requested privacy and that we make no further media releases at this point.

“The coroner has been notified and further forensic examination will continue. This will guide the investigation in respect of the circumstances of the death which at this time remains unexplained.

“I would like to thank the community for their support and understanding while this large-scale investigation continues and their efforts in looking for Gaia.

“We have received a huge amount of support from the public who have contacted us with possible sightings of Gaia and items of found clothing. I can confirm that we have recovered all the clothing we believe Gaia was wearing when she disappeared and, with thanks, we no longer require the public to assist with searches.”

Extensive searches have been led by Dorset Police. We have been extensively supported by specialist officers and teams, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, the coastguard, national search advisors, the NPAS helicopter, Dorset Search & Rescue, Wessex 4×4 and the Search & Rescue Dogs Association. Coordinated local volunteers have also assisted in liaison with the police search operation. We would like to thank our partner agencies and volunteers for their support which has led to today’s developments.

Two men aged 19 and 49 and a 71-year-old woman, all from Swanage and known to Gaia, were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week and have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 18:128. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Murder Arrests after disappearance of Gaia Pope aged 19

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Murder Detectives have arrested two people following the disappearance of Gaia Pope aged 19 Dorset Police have confirmed.

Cops have not found the body of Gaia however they believe she was murdered.

CCTV Images and transport hubs have been checked no evidence supports that she has left the area this is out of character leading police to believe she has come to harm.

Gaia who was last seen on November 7th she was staying at an address within Swanage when she disappeared on the afternoon of Tuesday 7th November.

Dorset Police launched a major search to find the missing teenager from the Langton Matravers area

This afternoon police carried out warrants at two addresses in Swanage. They arrested a 19-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman, both known to Gaia, on suspicion of murder.

Senior Investigating Officer Neil Devoto of Dorset Police told Police Hour “It has been almost a week since Gaia’s last confirmed sighting and she has not been seen or heard from since.

“We have looked through CCTV that covers the Swanage area, including transport hubs, and there is nothing to suggest she has left the area. Her disappearance is completely out of character and, following our extensive enquiries, we sadly now believe that she may have come to harm.

“We have not yet found Gaia and our searches will continue. I would appeal to anyone who has information about her disappearance to please contact Dorset Police.

“Our specially-trained officers have updated Gaia’s family and are supporting them at this very difficult time.”

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