A CIRCUMCISION practitioner has been charged with assaulting children in Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Mohammad Siddiqui, aged 54, from the Hockley area of Birmingham has been charged with 34 offences relating to his actions while performing procedures on boys in private residences between 2015 and 2018.

Hampshire Police officers have charged him as part of Operation Jetson, a Hampshire Constabulary led joint investigation with Thames Valley Police into physical assaults against children in Hampshire, the West Midlands, West Mercia, Thames Valley, London, Dorset and Wiltshire.

Mr Siddiqui has been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates on November 6, after being charged with offences including assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm; parenterally administer, other than to self, a prescription only medicine, when not an appropriate practitioner; and assault, ill-treat, neglect, or abandon a child or young person to cause unnecessary suffering or injury.