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A corner of the North West is preparing for one of the closest and fiercest fights at the upcoming General Election. Conservative-controlled Blackpool North has long been a battleground for Labour and the Tories, but that is all about to change. UKIP have reported a surge in members in the town, with polls putting them within just a few points of the two main parties.
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A former Altrincham Grammar School teacher gives evidence that Fred Talbot told him he quit the school because he "propositioned a pupil."
The retired teacher tells the court he went to Mr Talbot's home to find out why he resigned so suddenly in 1984.
The star's defence say he didn't use the word "proposition." Instead it was "made a suggestion" or "said something to a pupil."
The retiree responds to Mr Talbot's QC: "Some things stick in my memory." The trial's now adjourned until next week.
E: "Why would I make it up?" Defence say Mr Talbot has no memory of alleged victim E going to his home, and that he didn't touch him.
E's brother is now giving evidence. He says E, as a teenager, told him "a teacher touched him between the legs."
Jurors hear E's brother say E revealed who the teacher was, while watching television: "It was Fred off the telly. Fred The Weatherman."
E tells the judge: "There was no party" at Mr Talbot's. Jurors hear him say: "I shouldn't have gone because of rumours about other boys."
Defence question E's memory of Mr Talbot answering the door naked to the then 16-year-old: "A misremembering?" E: "No."
Defence: "I'm questioning whether you're mixed-up about the events of the evening." E: "No, certainly not."
Mr Talbot's lawyer asks if there is "any confusion" in E's mind. The alleged victim tells her: "Not at all."
The QC questions parts of E's statement where he "couldn't remember." E responds: "I found it very stressful going to the police station."
The fifth alleged victim in the Fred Talbot abuse trial, known as E for legal reasons, is about to give his evidence.
Special opaque screens are in place in court to prevent the alleged victim and defendant from seeing each other.
E tells jurors he was a pupil at Altrincham Grammar School. He says he went to a "party" at his teacher's home. The teacher was Mr Talbot.
The court hears from E that he was surprised, as a schoolboy, that classmates didn't call Mr Talbot "Sir". He says they called him "Fred".
E says he and a friend knocked Mr Talbot's front door: "He came to the door with no clothes on. He didn't have a stitch on."
Mr Talbot went upstairs, dressed, then returned to E and his friend, jurors hear. E says Mr Talbot said: "Will you come to bed with me now?"
The court hears E's friend told Mr Talbot he wasn't interested. The teacher then asked E into another room and touched his groin.
E says Mr Talbot had a "very intense look in his eyes" and repeated the request to "come to bed". E told him: "Don't do that. Stop it."
The prosecution ask if the teacher stopped when asked to. "Yes," says E, "I remember walking out to my friend and saying: 'We're going!'"
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