A doctor from Southend On Sea was arrested and charged this afternoon over allegations that he had engaged in sexual activity with 28 patients. Dr Anthony Beest, one of three senior staff at Critcher’s Veterinary Practice in Fairfax Drive, Southend, was led away by police officers at 1.30pm today – a forensics team then closed the premises and conducted a thorough search for evidence. 

A police spokesperson said: ‘Today’s arrest came after a six-month investigation called Operation Canewdon into the activities of Dr Beest and a number of other individuals in the UK and North America. We are currently unable to go into further details about the patients that these allegations refer to, but we can confirm that eleven horses, five pigs, five rabbits, two hedgehogs, two cats, two dogs and a chinchilla have come forward. Our enquiries are still in an ongoing stage, and so we have set up a telephone service for others to contact if they have any information that may help with this incredibly complex enquiry.’

In a further shocking development, Southend News Network can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that Operation Canewdon has included a linked investigation into the distribution of indecent animal images. A source close to the investigation said: ‘Shortly after the premises were raided, a number of concerning images and videos were uncovered in Dr Beest’s office – seven of the films are currently classified as ‘banned’ in the United Kingdom. We were sickened to find Ali G In Da Mouse and Throbbin Robin 3.’