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TV weatherman in court on sex charges

TELEVISION weatherman Fred Talbot has pleaded not guilty to a series of alleged historic sex offences.

The 64-year-old, who was a regular on the floating weather map in Albert Dock, Liverpool, for ITV's This Morning, stood in the dock at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, with his hands clasped in front of him as he repeated "Not guilty" to each of the 10 charges put to him.

Mr Talbot is accused of nine counts of indecent assault and one relating to another alleged sexual offence.

The former teacher from Bowdon, Manchester, is alleged to have committed the offences between October 25, 1968 and August 2, 1983 against five male complainants, three of whom were under 16.

Mr Talbot, who is on bail, was seated in the dock for most of the 20-minute hearing, listening intently as lawyers set a date for his trial, scheduled for January 19 next year.

Judge Jeffrey Lewis granted Mr Talbot bail until a further preliminary hearing on May 27. Mr Talbot nodded before leaving the dock as he was told he was free to go.

His bail conditions are that he must live at his home address and have no contact with witnesses and alleged victims, nor any unsupervised contact with a child.

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