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Police: 'Secret past' of Fred Talbot can be revealed

The "secret past" of television weatherman Fred Talbot can be revealed after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting two boys, Greater Manchester Police said.

Speaking after the guilty verdicts, a police spokesperson said: "Talbot was an extremely popular and well liked individual - both as a celebrity weatherman and formerly as a science teacher - who earned not only the trust and adulation of many of his peers and pupils, but also much of the nation.

Police have released this mug shot of Fred Talbot. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

"Now he has been exposed as an opportunistic sex offender and that reputation is rightly in tatters.

"Even when he was not committing offences against the two vulnerable young boys, his behaviour was wholly inappropriate and so far removed from his duty as a teacher to nurture and safeguard those under his care it really does defy belief."


Police crackdown leads to child exploitation arrests

Eleven people have been arrested by Greater Manchester Police as part of an investigation into child sex exploitation.

The force said the suspects were not acting as a gang. The allegations include rape, abduction and child prostitution.

It comes after claims by former officers from the force about the difficulty of securing prosecutions in child exploitation cases.

ITV News' Rebecca Barry reports:

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11 held on multiple child sex charges in Manchester

Eleven people, aged between 19 and 38 have been arrested for multiple sexual offences against children in a crackdown by child protection agencies and police into child sexual exploitation in south Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police said offences included:

  • Sexual activity with a child
  • Attempted indecent assault
  • Inciting a child into prostitution
  • Abduction
  • Rape


Manchester police chief constable in misconduct probe

The Chief constable of Greater Manchester Police Sir Peter Fahy is facing a misconduct probe over claims he poorly handled an investigation into an alleged child sex offender.

The police force is accused of allowing a teenage boy to enter the flat of a suspected paedophile.

A whistleblower claims three other officers, including one who is now retired, were also at fault. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) are now investigating.

ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner has this report:

Police chief 'should be suspended' during investigation

Greater Manchester Police chief constable Sir Peter Fahy should be suspended pending the outcome of the IPCC investigation into alleged misconduct, according to Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk.

Greater Manchester Police chief constable Sir Peter Fahy. Credit: Press Association

He told ITV News: "He should be suspended as these are serious allegations. This is not a disciplinary issue we're talking about here, but a potential criminal investigation."

The Labour politician added that he was in no doubt that if another frontline officer faced such serious allegations they would be suspended.

Sir Peter Fahy has been served with a criminal and gross misconduct notice in relation to his "alleged support to an allegedly poorly-handled investigation into a suspected sex offender", the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said.

Danczuk said: "The leadership of Greater Manchester Police risks damaging public trust in the force. Sir Peter says he has done nothing wrong and is confident his name will be cleared. But he should be suspended while that process takes place."

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