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Ex-Weatherman Fred Talbot Faces Sex Charges
Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been charged following an investigation into historical sexual abuse.
Talbot, of Langham Road, Bowden, has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and one further count of sexual assault.
The 64-year-old, who was a regular on the floating weather map in Liverpool's Albert Dock for ITV's This Morning, is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates' Court on February 11.
The charges relate to the alleged sexual abuse of five victims, three of whom were under 16 at the time.
Talbot was first detained on April 9 last year.
Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said: "We have carefully considered all the evidence gathered by Greater Manchester Police in relation to allegations from five complainants that Fred Talbot sexually assaulted them between the 1960s and 1980s.
"Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Talbot to be charged with 10 sexual offences relating to five complainants, three of whom were under 16 years of age at the time."
Six counts of indecent assault relate to one person who attended a school in Newcastle at the time.
The other indecent assault offences relate to three alleged victims who attended Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.
The final sexual assault charge relates to an alleged offence against another former pupil of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.
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