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GP would have faced sex assault charges if alive today

It's emerged that a Newcastle GP who was contracted to carry out pre-employment medicals on job-seekers would have faced criminal charges for sexual assault if he was still alive today.

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North East GP who carried out medicals on jobseekers would have faced sex charges if he was still alive

Police have confirmed a North East GP who was contracted to carry out pre-employment medicals on job seekers would have faced sex assault charges if he had still been alive.

Dr Gordon Bates, who died in 2009, carried out examinations on hundreds of people from his Newcastle home in the 1970s and 80s

He was carrying out assessments for a number of public and private sector companies, including Barclays Bank. He was not a direct employee of any of the companies he worked for.

The allegations came to light after an alleged victim reported what had happened to her after reading about Jimmy Savile.

Police have confirmed they have investigated a number of complaints of which 48 have been recorded as criminal acts.

Barclays stressed that Dr Bates was not their employee and they were one of a number of companies he was contracted to. They have been working closely with the police throughout.

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