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Fred Talbot jailed for abusing boys

A former teacher turned TV weatherman has been jailed for four years and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for abusing school boys in his care.

Lanark Sheriff Court heard that Fred Talbot preyed on the seven boys, aged between 15 and 17, on school trips to Scotland in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and one occasion plied his victim with alcohol to render him intoxicated in order to abuse him.

Speaking after the sentencing Fraser Gibson, Procurator Fiscal for South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway said:

“Fred Talbot was in a position of trust and abused that to prey on vulnerable boys. For over thirty years he may well have thought that he had escaped justice but he was wrong and thanks to the courage of his victims in coming forward to report what happened to them is now paying the consequences for his actions.

"I would urge any victims of sexual crimes, even ones which occurred decades ago, to come forward and report them. They will be treated with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity by the police and our expert prosecutors and we will do all we can to deliver justice.”