A former GP and his partner have been cleared of historic sexual allegations involving patients.
Dr Vic Calland, 61, of Broadgate, Preston, had denied three serious sex offences and two counts of indecent assault while architect George Cameron, 63, denied one serious sex offence.
The jury of six men and six women at Preston Crown Court returned after around four hours of deliberations.
Standing side by side in the dock with his civil partner, Dr Calland clasped his hands and closed his eyes as the foreman gave the not guilty verdicts.
Judge Stuart Baker said: “You have both been acquitted of these very serious allegations and are now free to leave the dock.”
Outside the courtroom the pair hugged their tearful supporters who had watched from the public gallery.
They included a woman they met diving, a male family friend, and author Diane Shelley.
Speaking to the Evening Post, the former GP said: “ We want to thank our legal team, family and friends and others who have supported us.
Asked about his ordeal he simply said: “You can’t describe what it is like.”
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