Merseyside Police have charged Russell Lewis Oakes with fraud byfalse representation as a veterinary surgeon, cruelty to animals and numerous other offences.

Mr Oakes is charged with a total of 84 offences relating to fraud by false representation as a medical doctor, fraud by false representation as a veterinary surgeon, deception, sexual assault, cruelty to animals, perverting the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Oakes, aged 42, of Shore Road, Hesketh Bank, Preston, has been bailed to appear at North Sefton Magistrates Court on March 20. A condition of his bail is that he does not practise as a veterinary surgeon.

The Disciplinary Committee of the RCVS considered an allegation of “fraudulent registration” against Mr Oakes in April 2008, but decided it was in the public interest to adjourn the proceedings, in the light of the ongoing police investigation.

The alleged offences relate to a period between October 2006 and March 2008.

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