Doctor on child sex charges

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A JUNIOR doctor who worked with children in the paediatrics department at Wigan Infirmary has been charged with engaging in sexually activity with a child and possessing indecent images of children.

Dr Raza Laskar, who worked for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) for two years between 2007 and 2009, has been charged with two counts of sexual acts involving a boy, 15.

The 31-year-old worked in six different areas of Wigan’s hospital services while completing his junior doctor training with WWL and police are now appealing for anybody with information or concerns involving Dr Laskar to come forward.

Dr Laskar of Ashton-under-Lyne, was arrested after officers raided his house on Friday May 2 and seized his computer.

He appeared at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on Wednesday (May 28) and has been remanded in custody.

A spokesman for WWL said: We can confirm that Dr Raza Laskar worked in the trust between July 2007 and August 2009.

“During this period, he was undertaking foundation years one and two junior doctor training during which he worked in six different departments - Elderly Medicine, Colorectal Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General Practice, Vascular Surgery and Paediatrics.

“As this is a live police investigation, we cannot comment further at this time. We are working with other NHS colleagues to assist GMP with their ongoing enquiries.”

Divisional commander of Tameside, chief superintendent, Caroline Ball, said: “As part of a fairly large and ongoing investigation into the access of indecent images of children over the internet a paediatric doctor has been charged with engaging in sexual activity with a child and possessing indecent images of children.

“We know this man has worked in hospitals right across Greater Manchester and we understand the public will undoubtedly be concerned upon hearing about the offences with which he has been charged. However, it is important to stress that at this moment in time our investigation is focusing on locating anyone who may have come into contact with this man over the internet as opposed to through his employment.

“We are currently working through numerous computers and other electronic items as part of our investigation, which is very much in its infancy, and would encourage anyone with information or concerns to contact the police.”

Anyone with information relevant to the police investigation is asked to call the Major Incident Team on 0161 856 8797.