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British Indian doctor appears in court over 118 sexual offences.

A family doctor has appeared in court charged with 118 sexual offences, including sexually assaulting a girl aged under 13.

Dr Manish Shah, 47, is accused of assaulting 54 different victims at his surgery in Romford, Essex.

The offences are said to have taken place between June 2004 and July 2013, when he was first arrested. An investigation was launched after several people contacted the police in July and August 2013.

He faces 65 counts of assault by penetration, 52 counts of sexual assault and one of sexual assault of a girl under 13.

Shah appeared at Barkingside magistrates court on Thursday where it was indicated that he denied all charges. Judge Richard Hawgood granted bail ahead of his plea and case management hearing at Snaresbrook crown court on 27 September.

The court heard Shah has been suspended from practising as a doctor by the General Medical Council. Hawgood said: “I hear what your indication is. These are matters that can only be dealt with in the crown court, or they are matters that are linked to matters that can only be heard at crown court.”

Shah was granted bail on the condition he does not attend his former surgery, and does not contact any current or former patients of the surgery or any of its past or current employees.

He was also barred from practising as a doctor and from accessing any NHS medical records.

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