A well-known doctor and his partner have appeared in court facing a string of alleged sex attacks in Preston dating back to the 1980s.
Popular medic and charity worker Dr Vic Calland, who became known locally as the “flying doctor” due to his role visiting emergency scenes, was charged after an investigation by Preston’s Police’s public protection unit.
The charges relate to two men, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
It is understood one of them was a patient of Dr Calland’s at the time.
Calland, 60, of Broadgate, Preston faces two counts of indecent assault on a man aged 16 or over and two other sexual offences with a boy aged 16 or over.
The first two offences are alleged to have been committed between February 1984 and February 1985.
The other two counts are alleged to have taken place between September 1990 and September 1992.
His civil partner, George Swan Cameron, 62, an architect and former president of the North Lancashire Society of Architects, is accused of one count of a serious sexual offence dating back to a period between September 1990 and September 1992. He gave his address as Lydden Avenue, Manchester.
Today Dr Calland said: “My solicitor has advised me not to make a comment.”
The couple, who wore suits and poppies, stood side by side in the dock at Preston Crown Court as the Recorder of Preston, Judge Anthony Russell QC, set a trial date for May 27 next year.
The men, who met nearly 40 years ago at a Liverpool University Halloween party, marked their civil partnership in 2006 with what is thought to be the first ever welding wedding party in the UK.
Dr Calland, who ran a surgery in Fishergate Hill, Preston, left general practice in 2001 to teach pre hospital emergency care.
He founded the Med-Alert charity - which helped save the lives of road smash victims, people injured at work or those suffering serious illness - in 1988 with another GP who has since passed away though it is understood he is no longer involved in the charity.
The prominent medic has served posts as a director of the British Association for Immediate Care, a Prison Medical Officer, and a mountain rescue team doctor.
He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Immediate Care of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and was the Honorary Treasurer of the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS).
He is a HSE approved Diving Medical Examiner.
Dr Calland was also listed as a director of Event-Med, a company set up to run medical courses.