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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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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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