Police investigating Fred Talbot sex allegations make plea to former school pupils in Tyne and Wear

Fred Talbot Photo: ITV Granada

Detectives investigating reports of historic sexual abuse against Granada weatherman Fred Talbot at a Trafford school are trying to trace former pupils of schools in the Tyne and Wear area.

On Tuesday, 63-year-old Mr Talbot was arrested on suspicion of historic sex offences in relation to abuse against former pupils who attended Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.

The offences relate to his time as a teacher at the school from the early 1970s to early 1980s, while the four alleged victims were pupils. He has been released on bail until August pending further enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Koran Sellars, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Following the publicity surrounding this man’s arrest information has been received from the public that he taught at various schools in the Tyne and Wear area and which included Saltwell and Slatyford High School.

“Anyone who attended these or any other schools between 1968 and the early 1970s and who has any information which they believe may assist police are asked to call Greater Manchester Police.

“All information received will be treated in the strictest of confidence.“

Mr Talbot's agent Dave Warwick declined to comment. Anyone with information is asked to contact Greater Manchester Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.