Sex abuse police make Tyne & Wear plea

Police investigating sex allegations against Granada's Fred Talbot are calling for information from former school pupils in Tyne and Wear.

Granada's Fred Talbot arrested

Granada's Fred Talbot, 63, has been arrested over historic child sex allegations linked to Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.

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17 years for rapist who abused 2 young girls

John Paul Lee
John Paul Lee Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man who raped and indecently assaulted 2 young girls has been jailed. John Paul Lee of Lytham Road, Blackpool was found guilty of 9 counts of raping a child and 6 counts of indecently assaulting a child.

At Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday 18 November 2013, he was sentenced to 17 years in prison. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender's Register for life. Between about 2002 and 2008, Lee repeatedly sexually abused 2 young girls at an address in Oldham.

Plying the girls with drink and drugs, he would force the youngsters to watch pornography and perform sex acts on him. He also raped and indecently assaulted them. Lee first started abusing the girls when one was just 4 years old and the other 8 years old.

Man jailed for sexually abusing two girls

Christopher Newton Credit: GMP

A man who sexually abused two young girls in Wythenshawe has been jailed.

Christopher Newton of Stoneacre Road, Woodhouse Park was found guilty at Manchester Crown court of seven counts of indecent assault and one count of rape of a child under 13.

Between 1995 and 2003 Newton sexually abused two girls who were just five years old when the abuse began. The abuse took place at an address in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester.

Newton was today jailed for 13 and a half years and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

One of his victims said: “To put in a short amount of words how the abuse has affected me is impossible. I have very few happy memories from the past as the memories of him outweigh anything else.

“I feel a huge weight has been lifted since Chris has been found guilty. Regardless of his sentence given to him, it will always affect my life and be there at the back of my thoughts.

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Man bailed in school sex abuse probe

A man arrested in Merseyside by detectives investigating historic sex abuse at children's homes in North Wales has been released on bail.

Police from Operation Pallial - run by the National Crime Agency arrested a 52-year-old man from Mold, North Wales, on suspicion of child cruelty and indecent assault.

The offences, against four boys and one girl, are alleged to have taken place between 1981 and 1988, when they were 13 or 14.

The man was arrested in the St Helens area and was taken to a police station to be interviewed. He has now been released on bail until mid-January.

Thursday's arrest was the 11th in relation to Operation Pallial. One person has been charged.

Sex line set up over school abuse allegations

Police investigating sexual abuse at Terra Nova School near Holmes Chapel in the 1970?s have set up a dedicated line that people who may have information can call.

Keith Cavendish-Coulson, 70, of Berkshire has been charged with 19 counts of indecent assault against boys under 14.

It relates to four victims between 1973 and 1975.He will appear before Chester Crown Court in January 2014.

The investigation is continuing and is focussed upon Cavendish-Coulson?s employment both as a public school teacher, and a private tutor at establishments across the country.

The dedicated number is 01606 362472. Officers say there will be a facility to leave a message and an officer will call you back if your call is not immediately answered.

Ex-teacher charged with sex abuse at Cheshire school

A 70-year-old man has been charged in connection with historic sexual abuse at a private school in Cheshire.

Detectives are investigating alleged sexual abuse at Terra Nova School near Holmes Chapel in the 1970s.

Keith Cavendish-Coulson, from Thatcham, in Berkshire, has been charged with 19 counts of indecent assault against boys under 14, which relate to four victims between 1973 and 1975.

The alleged victims were aged between 9 and 12 years old.

"Cheshire Police take all allegations of sexual abuse seriously and would encourage anyone who has been a victim to contact police. Specialist trained officers are available to provide support throughout the investigation."

– Police spokesman

Terra Nova's website says the school is a "co-educational independent school" based close to Alderley Edge.

It says its 36 acre location is "rural, but our technology connects children to the world whilst they benefit from a peaceful environment in which to thrive".

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Granada Weatherman Fred Talbot released on bail

Fred Talbot Credit: ITV Granada

The Granada presenter Fred Talbot has been released on bail after being questioned over allegations of historic sexual abuse at a school in Greater Manchester.

He was arrested today on suspicion of three counts of indecent assault and four counts of inciting a child to commit acts of gross indecency.

The offences relate to his time as a teacher at Altrincham Grammar School between the early 1970s and early 80s, while the four alleged victims were pupils.

Sex abuse scout leader walks free from court

A Scout leader from Bolton who sexually abused three young girls has walked free from court.

David Patterson, 66, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three specimen counts of indecent assault covering a period from 1983 to 1997, said Greater Manchester Police.

He was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court to 16 months jail, suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Patterson's child abuse came to light in August 2010 when one of his victims, then in her late 20s, contacted police.

During the course of interviews with specially-trained officers, it emerged that Patterson, of Stonebridge Close, Lostock, had abused three girls over the course of more than a decade.

None of his victims were involved in the Scouts.

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