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'Fred staged schoolboy orgy', court told

A "naive" schoolboy was indecently assaulted in bed on a canal barge trip by ITV weatherman Fred Talbot, a court has heard.

The alleged victim said he was made to sleep with the then teacher because there were not enough bunk beds for all the boys on the excursion.

Talbot (65) then performed a sex act on him as they both lay naked, a jury at Manchester Minshull Crown Court was told.

The trial heard Talbot staged a naked "orgy" of drunken schoolboys on a school barge trip which he joined in before later sexually abusing another pupil in his bed.

Both incidents were said to have taken place in the mid-70s on events organised by Talbot who at the time taught biology at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.

Five men allege that Talbot abused them when they were schoolboys.

Talbot denies all charges.

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