It’s been reported today that Granada TV weatherman Fred Talbot is the focus of a police inquiry after allegations of historic child sex abuse were leveled against him this week.
Police reportedly raided Fred’s home yesterday having smashed down his door. The meteorologist and TV presenter was not at home when Greater Manchester police called at his house.
He’s currently sailing across the Atlantic, travelling from the African coast to the Caribbean. On December 10th, he tweeted, “Left Madeira at 6 last night. Night sky is amazing in Atlantic.”
The Sun reports that the allegations made against Fred date back to when he was a biology teacher at an all-boys grammar school in the seventies. He began his TV career in 1984.
The paper adds that 63-year-old Fred will be quizzed by police when he returns to the UK.
Last night, a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said, “The offences under investigation didn’t occur within school grounds but allegedly involved a member of staff.”
Yesterday, a man and a woman who were at Fred’s house in Bowdon said he wouldn’t be back in the UK until New Year.
The woman, who didn’t want to be named, said, “He was away with work then extended it into a holiday.
“We’ve just come to pick up Christmas presents. He knows police searched his home but says he doesn’t know why.”
Meanwhile, Talbot’s agent Dave Warwick said he hadn’t spoken to his client. He added, “I’d like to thank The Sun for bringing this to my attention.”
Though of course I have no idea about the veracity – or not – of this claim against Fred, what I do fear is that in light of the Savile scandal, there are people coming forward to make false allegations against celebrities…
Again, I’m not saying the allegation is untrue, nor am I claiming it’s true – I simply don’t know, but this whole thing, with all the celebs who’ve been arrested and questioned in the last few months, smacks to me of the same hysteria that struck Britain in the 80s when dozens of children were taken into care after hundreds of allegations of satanic sexual child abuse…
And it turned out to be nothing more than mass hysteria. I suspect many of these cases which are all of a sudden cropping up will turn out to be likewise, but worse still is that I suspect many are making such terrible allegations hoping to make money out of it.
After all, in cases of historic abuse, it’s one person’s word against another person’s word. And while those making allegations have the right to anonymity, those being accused do not.
I fear that many men are going to have their good names sullied by these accusations, and mud of this unpleasant texture sticks, irrespective of whether any culpability is ever proven or not.
What say you?
For now here’s a reminder of Fred’s country hopping routine…