London: A leading London cosmetic surgeon is being investigated by Scotland Yard over child pornography allegations.

Peter Tlusty provides Botox treatments to clients at a salon in Chelsea and is also a partner of a general practitioner's practice in Belgravia.

But the 53-year-old is now on police bail after Met officers received a tip-off that he had allegedly downloaded indecent images from the web.

Tlusty could also face disciplinary action from the General Medical Council (GMC) if the allegations are substantiated by police investigators. He has already been suspended from the GMC's official register of doctors and he is also being investigated by Westminster health trust in the wake of the police investigation.

Dr Tlusty confirmed that he was not currently working when contacted at his £2 million (Dh14.5m) home near Wandsworth Common.

His solicitors issued a statement in which he categorically denied the charges against him. "I look forward to the charges against me being dropped when the investigation is complete and to resuming my normal life. I'm deeply grateful for the support of my wife and family. I'm also deeply grateful for the support I have received from my patients," it said.

Given bail

Met officers are understood to have carried out a formal search of his house in south London where he lives with his wife and three young daughters.

Scotland Yard confirmed that Dr Tlusty was arrested on 18 April on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.

They added that he is on police bail and has been asked to report to a central London police station next month.

A Met police spokesman said: "We can confirm that a 53-year-old man was arrested at a private address in south London on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children."