Colebrook Junior School where Anthony...

Colebrook Junior School where Anthony Talbot was headteacher until his suspension in January

There are 15 comments on the Swindon Advertiser story from Jun 29, 2010, titled Colebrook Junior School where Anthony Talbot was headteacher until his suspension in January. In it, Swindon Advertiser reports that:

A SWINDON primary school headteacher has been sentenced for raping a child. Anthony Talbot, 45, pictured, head of Colebrook Junior School, Towcester Road, Coleview, was charged with 28 counts, including the rape of a female under 16, indecent assault on a female and acts of gross indecency with a child.

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supporter

Bury, UK

#1 Jun 30, 2010
WHat a sad story this was long ago when he was a child himself. not the much loved headmaster that he becomethis was over 30 years ago .
sam

London, UK

#2 Jun 30, 2010
This is completely shocking to read. Mr Talbot taught me when I was a student at Colebrook and despite the terrible things he's done in his past, he was a wonderful teacher.
It's horrible that these things happen, and so very sad to read about.
Nico 4550

Kilmarnock, UK

#3 Jun 30, 2010
You will notice that the Evening Advertiser story has been blocked. The editor has confirmed that this is because of 'legal representations'. Might have something to do with the fact that the 'victim' chose not to give evidence in court and the rape charges were dropped, ergo, Mr Talbot has NOT been convicted of rape. Three ironic cheers for the good old Swindon Evening Advertiser for another major cock-up. How do they get away with it? You may want to consider the veracity of the story on this site also.
Gotitwrongagain

London, UK

#4 Jun 30, 2010
I agree with Nico, what was reported was totally wrong. Isnt it bizzare that you can be under age, then grow up to make something of yourself to be knocked down by a malicious person, who waited for him to build a fantastic career then put the knife in. But clearly didn't have the guts to go to court to get closure?? Not only that but rape charges are the only thing you do not have to have clear evidence for - me thinks this person knew that and just wanted the result it has produced. A FANTASTIC HEADTEACHER AND EXCELLENT PRACTIONER HAS LOST HIS JOB ......FOR WHAT? Hope the "victim" can sleep well with the truth clearly left at home.
Boffin

Swindon, UK

#5 Jun 30, 2010
Gotitwrongagain wrote:
I agree with Nico, what was reported was totally wrong. Isnt it bizzare that you can be under age, then grow up to make something of yourself to be knocked down by a malicious person, who waited for him to build a fantastic career then put the knife in. But clearly didn't have the guts to go to court to get closure?? Not only that but rape charges are the only thing you do not have to have clear evidence for - me thinks this person knew that and just wanted the result it has produced. A FANTASTIC HEADTEACHER AND EXCELLENT PRACTIONER HAS LOST HIS JOB ......FOR WHAT? Hope the "victim" can sleep well with the truth clearly left at home.
Well he did still plead guilty to indecent assault. When it comes to the safety of children, it doesn't matter how long ago the offence was. That's why we have CRB. By the way I'm not sure about the "Excellent practioner". I knew him professionally and he was a bully pure and simple.
independent

Swindon, UK

#6 Jul 1, 2010
I neither know he man professionally nor personally.
What I do know is that this is not the first time that Swindon Evening Advertiser has got it seriously wrong with its headline news that has the power to destroy families with its inaccuracies. Are these reporters/ editors hoping to be a real reporters or editors on the Sun Newspaper one day which also specialise in this kind of inaccurate sensasionlism.

Just to balance the article at the time of the offence the offender was only aged 12 years and his victim was older but under 16. Now that wouldn't make headline grabbing news would it.
Nico 4550

Kilmarnock, UK

#7 Jul 1, 2010
Boffin wrote:
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By the way I'm not sure about the "Excellent practioner". I knew him professionally and he was a bully pure and simple.
I also knew him professionally for many years. He may not have been the most skilled practitioner I've ever seen but I never saw him bully anyone, child or adult. Children were very comfortable in his presence and rated him highly.

Here is the link to the Adver's correction.

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/82477...
Saxo

Kilmarnock, UK

#8 Jul 2, 2010
Yes, once again the Adver has gone for the most damaging angle. Why do we never learn that they will probably have got it wrong. Whoever was responsible had not checked the story's truth so guility, at least of shoddy journalism and I agree that he probably wants to go the Sun. The paper, as usual, has had no thought to the harm to his family, colleagues and the reputaion of the school.
I have also worked with Tony and if Boffin thinks he is a bully I can direct him towards some headteachers who are experts and have become very successful.
I hope Boffin never did anything as a chinld that might come to haunt him - he must the a very rare bird.
andy newman

Swindon, UK

#9 Jul 3, 2010
your article here is libellous, and I suggest you ttake it down.
Boffin

Swindon, UK

#10 Jul 3, 2010
The problem seems to be the inaccurate and sensationalist nature of the original newspaper article. If the case was reported accurately and in full then everyone could make their own minds up. Unfortunately important details seem to have been omitted and we are left with people giving views on line like this. Parents at the school have a right to know the full and complete story.
Gotitwrongagain

Colnbrook, UK

#11 Jul 4, 2010
"I neither know he man professionally nor personally.
What I do know is that this is not the first time that Swindon Evening Advertiser has got it seriously wrong with its headline news that has the power to destroy families with its inaccuracies. Are these reporters/ editors hoping to be a real reporters or editors on the Sun Newspaper one day which also specialise in this kind of inaccurate sensasionlism.

Just to balance the article at the time of the offence the offender was only aged 12 years and his victim was older but under 16. Now that wouldn't make headline grabbing news would it"

My thoughts exactly! the Adver made this story seem worse than it is - but agreeably the outcome had to be what it is. To Boffin, a lot of Headteachers are not managers and quite often cannot manage they instruct.
Saxo

Kilmarnock, UK

#12 Jul 7, 2010
I expect the Adver will now do a sympathetic follow up on the damaging effects of the story on those directly affected, (i.e. children, wife, friends, neighbours, colleagues, parents of children he taught), and will also look into who was protecting Tony while he was a boy. They will also contact all the publishers of all the other spin off articles to ensure they know they were misinformed. It will be accompanied by a story about a herd of pigs flying over Swindon.
supporter

Bury, UK

#13 Jul 7, 2010
The so called apology that the paper put in the next night was nothing more than an insult they really should have said we got it wrong. He cant afford to sue the paper as he has lost his job. Feel we should be able to do more for this genuine nice chap who was just a child himself when this whole sorry issue took place
Angela

Bath, UK

#15 Oct 5, 2012
I can't believe he was charged for something like this. I used to go to that school and I loved all of the teachers, including the head. I hope it isn't true.
I miss going to school there and my tutor :(
Catherine

UK

#16 Jan 28, 2013
As usual press printing what makes a good headline as opposed to the truth. Notice they fail to mention him resuscitating a pensioner the previous year who had crashed in to the school. False information was given and I hope the person responsible realises what they have done and that they have destroyed a family.

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