Weatherman sex abuse trial halts after head injury

Fred Talbot is on trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court. Picture: Getty
Fred Talbot is on trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court. Picture: Getty
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The sex abuse trial of television weatherman Fred Talbot was halted today when he fell into a table and injured his head as he left the witness box.

Edinburgh-born Talbot, 65, suffered a crashing fall as he appeared to miss a step to the right of the box at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

He suffered a cut to the forehead after he tumbled into a facing table.

The incident took place as the jury was sent out for a break after Talbot had started to give evidence in his defence.

There were gasps from the packed public gallery as Talbot collapsed in a heap and the court clerk rushed to his aid.

Talbot groaned on the floor and looked dazed as he was eventually helped to his feet.

A bloodied cut to his forehead was clearly visible before Court 9 was cleared as Talbot was propped up against the table.

Talbot had earlier entered the witness box for the first time to give evidence in his defence against allegations that he indecently five schoolboys between the late 1960s and the early 1980s during his former career as a teacher.

He was in the box for about 20 minutes as he answered questions from his barrister, Suzanne Goddard QC, about his early life and career.

The jury was sent out for a break shortly before 11.50pm and was swiftly followed by Judge Timothy Mort, who had just told Talbot not to talk to anyone while he was giving evidence.

Moments later Talbot suffered his accident.