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Fred Talbot to stand trial over indecency charges

Fred Talbot Image copyright PA

Former TV weather presenter Fred Talbot is to stand trial accused of indecently assaulting teenage boys on school trips in Scotland.

He is also accused of lewd practices towards a boy aged 12 on a trip.

The incidents are alleged to have happened on camping trips in Moffat and boating trips on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness.

Talbot, 67, of Greater Manchester, has denied the offences. At Lanark Sheriff Court a trial date was set for 15 May.

He is accused of carrying out the offences involving pupils aged 15 to 17 on trips in Scotland while he was employed as a school teacher.

He faces eight charges of indecent assault between January 1978 and November 1981 and one of lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour in February 1978.

Six of the incidents are alleged to have happened in Moffat and three in Inverness.

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