A man accused of working as an equine vet without qualifications has been charged with 84 offences.

Merseyside police have charged Russell Lewis Oakes, 42, of Shore Road, Hesketh Bank, Preston, with 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.

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

Oakes is bailed to appear at North Sefton Magistrates Court on 20 March. During that time a condition of his bail is that he does not practice as a vet.